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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Baby quilt

Here is a quick baby quilt using a very simple design. In this case, I used blocks, no batting, and flannel for the backing.  It is soft, not bulky, and great for swaddling baby.  Perfect for a newborn, and great for a baby shower gift. Perhaps add a burp cloth with matching fabric? You will […]

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Double Wedding Ring Designs and tutorial

Here is an easy double wedding ring pattern and design.  The design is completely stitched out without any appliqué or patchwork, and you can then combine the blocks to create a beautiful quilt top.   The blocks used for this table runner is 8 x 8″.  The 5 x 7″ design will require more blocks to […]

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Family ties

How to make a men’s neck ties quilt

A men’s ties quilt is the perfect memory quilt.  Some time ago, I decided to take my father’s old ties and make something memorable with it.  Very few companies in South Africa require men to wear ties any more, and dad has also been retired for a while. It was interesting to discover that some […]

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