Variable Star

The variable star is part of an era in history renowned for its anti-slavery campaigning.  Northern women would include it in quilts for charity and have inscriptions in the center block.  Inscriptions would vary from strong anti-slavery statements to poetry: “Mother! When around your child You clasp your arms in love, And when with grateful […]

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Dutchman’s Puzzle

The Dutchman’s Puzzle patchwork block is a four patch block constructed from flying geese. It originated in the late 1800’s. Spinning Windmill Windmill Block We have provided you with a cutting diagram using rotary cutting.  The numbers show the relevant block for each patch. The sizes and diagrams provided are for an 8″ block and […]

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Clay’s Choice

The Clay’s Choice patchwork block honours Henry Clay (1777-1852).  He was a politician well known for his multiple attempts at the presidency prior to the Civil War.  He had a very strong position against slavery and is quoted as saying “I’d rather be right than be president.” Clay’s Favorite Clay’s Star Henry of the West […]

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The size of your quilt

Getting the size of your quilt right is sometimes a little tricky.  I have written about this before. Ultimately, it is always best to measure the space that the quilt is being made for.  But, if in doubt, here is an easy to follow reference. Standard quilt size is one thing that Professor Google hasn’t […]

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Broken Band block in the Block Barn

Broken Band

The Broken Band block is a lesser known block.  Barbara Brackenbridge mentions only one place where this block has been published and that is the Farm News in 1920.  No other history on this block is available – perhaps you can assist? We have provided you with a cutting diagram using rotary cutting.  The numbers […]

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Buying from Fat Quarter Shop

As you know we recently became affiliated to the Fat Quarter Shop.  It means that we can include links to products that we like or recommend.  We will also show items that you could use for a project when we write about products and projects. Living in South Africa poses some challenges to online shopping […]

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Eccentric Star

The Eccentric Star block has a simpler version that is better known than the one presented here.  This particular version first appeared in Jonathan Holstein’s book “The Pieced Quilt: an American Design Tradition”. According to Celia Eddy, this particular block shows “folk art ingenuity” as it doesn’t appear in any other sources of the eccentric […]

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Ohio Star

Ohio Star

The Ohio Star block has been in use since the early 1800s.  They are found in a multitude of adaptations: Diamond in the center square Colour combinations create different illusions Solid stars on a coloured background It was brought back to life in the 1930s when it became another favourite for use with odd pieces […]

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The magic of starching your quilting fabric

A lot can be said about starching your fabric before cutting it for quilting and machine embroidery.  Many quilters prewash their fabric before they do any cutting – personally I don’t do this because I like the shrinkage you get after you’ve quilted the three layers. I do however starch my fabric as I’ve found […]

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The Fat Quarter Shop

Starting today, we will be including links to fabric and other products available from the Fat Quarter Shop as relevant to our projects.  It will be an affiliate link, meaning that we will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase from the Fat Quarter Shop using our link. We appreciate your continued support, […]

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