Pineapple Block

The pineapple block was first published by the Ladies’ Art Company in 1898.  It is a variation on the log cabin. Pineapples are a symbol of warmth and hospitality.  Spanish villagers would place the fruit at the village entrance to welcome visitors. The block is created by piecing strips of fabric on the diagonal, rather […]

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Log Cabin

The log cabin design represents the log homes made in the prairie.  It first appeared towards the end of the 19th century.  The centre block, traditionally red or orange, represents the hearth and the chimney.  The light strips are the corner of the room lit up by the fire.  The dark strips represent the corner […]

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Baby Block

The baby block originates from star designs where the diamond was in use since the beginning of the 19th century.  Baby blocks use the diamond shape to create an illusion of 3d.  The colour placement is what creates the impression of depth.  It reflects a stack of blocks like that which children build from blocks, […]

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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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