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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Foundation piecing

Foundation piecing is the primary method we use to develop our patchwork in the hoop blocks.  It is a great method for piecing intricate blocks where the number of pieces could result in inaccurate measurements. When I think of foundation, I think of the first step in creating a building.  Much the same way, foundation […]

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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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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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lavender sachets

Making Lavender Sachets

Lavender sachets are perfect for your linen drawer, delicates and gifting with a quilt.  It is very simple to make, and the kids can join in.  This is also a great way to teach future quilters how to sew a straight line.  You will be churning out dozens of these, so make sure you have […]

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