Blackwork

Blackwork

Blackwork is also sometimes called Spanish Blackwork.  We believe that Katherine of Aragon introduced this form of embroidery to the English court when she married King Henry VIII.  Blackwork commonly uses only black thread, but gold thread was also used during the early period. It is very interesting that an Act of Parliament in 1553 […]

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Le Moyne Star

The Le Moyne star is named for the Le Moyne brothers from France.  The family settled in Canada in the 17th century.  Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville established the Louisiana Colony in 1689.  His brother Jean-Baptiste de Bienville served several terms as Louisiana governor.  In North America, the block underwent a name change due to regular […]

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Little Schoolhouse

The Little Schoolhouse belongs to a group of blocks that represent every day life and items closer to reality for those quilters in the late 19th century.  From about 1870 it is also found in the context of the education campaign to get more children educated as led by the American federal government at the […]

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Chimney Sweep

Chimney Sweep

In the olden days, houses were built around chimneys to keep it warm.  The chimney was in the middle of the house and the rooms were built around it.  Each room had a burning fireplace in the corner.  Chimney sweepers would go down these chimneys to scrape the soot deposits that could cause house fires.  […]

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quilt block history

Quilt Block History – a snippet

The oldest patterns on printed textiles use blocks, and even today, a block is a base for a lot of designs in household items.  Your waffle weave dishcloth has blocks on it!  Geometric blocks can be seen in antique floor tiles, wall mosaics and carpet patterns.  This could have influenced early block quilters. Blocks were […]

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Introducing the Block Barn

The Block Barn is our new series focusing on traditional quilt blocks. We will introduce you to a traditional block on a regular basis, and you can use the Block Barn to check on earlier releases. It is a similar concept to Block of the Month or Block of the Week, but we will not […]

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placemats for christmas

Placemats for Christmas

I’ve made some placemats for Christmas celebrations.  The designs used are “Folk Christmas Redwork” . The finished size of each placemat is approximately 13″ x 18″. Using the diagram, this is for 1 placemat: Fat quarter 1/8 yard 1/8 yard 1/8 yard 1/8 yard Using the diagram, cut the following for a single placemat: Square […]

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