Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 7


This weekend we made major progress on the quilt for Pattern #6; can’t give you many details yet, but we think you are going to like it!

Block #7, the Diamond Panes block, by Nancy Cabot, first appeared in the Chicago Tribune daily newspaper on February 12, 1938:

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Diamond Panes Block Diagram

Block #7 Diamond Panes Block:


Background fabric, cut 2 – 4 7/8″ squares and 2 – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles

Accent fabric 1, cut 2 – 4 7/8″ squares and 2 – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

Accent fabric 2, cut 1 – 1 1/2″ square


1. Draw a diagonal line on all background squares.


2. Sew a scant ¼” on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line and press to the darker fabric.  



TIP: Square-up/trim your HSTs to 4 1/2″ square before moving onto step #3.

3. Lay out 4 HSTs, 2 background rectangles, 2 accent rectangles and 1 accent square as shown in block diagram. Join into rows, join rows to make one block.

Our finished blocks, side by side:


Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

How your Sewing Machine Works

I’m fascinated by the mechanical aspect of how things work, I always have been.  My sewing machine included! At the AQS Des Moines Show, there was a see-through machine in the Bernina booth that was running non-stop on it’s own, so passersby could see “how it worked”. I could have watched that thing for hours.

So naturally, I really enjoyed this GIF and this YouTube video.

Genius invention.

Happy Sewing,


Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 6


It’s November already–the air has gotten cooler and the days shorter. We just had warm comfort food; meatloaf, baked potatoes and pumpkin pie… and now we’re ready for a nap! But first, Block #6, the Cross Block:

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Cross Block Diagram

Block 6 Cross Block, Farm and Home, Feb 15, 1915

From Jinny Beyer’s Book: “Eight pieces of the dark and 17 of the light goods, compose this block, and when a number of them are put together a very pretty effect of five-square and eight-square crosses is brought out. The order of the colors may be reversed. These blocks should be sewn together without strips of cloth between to produce the intended design.” Farm and Home, Feb 15, 1915


Background fabric, cut 17 – 2 5/16″ squares.

Accent fabric, cut 8 – 2 5/16″ squares.


1. Lay out background and accent squares as shown in Cross Block Diagram.

2. Join into rows, join rows to complete block.

TIP: Press seam allowances one direction in rows 1, 3 and 5, and the opposite direction in rows 2 and 4. This will make your seams nest together snugly for better matching corners.

Building Foundations QAL Block 6 Cross Quilt Block

We hope your blocks are coming along, and you like how they look; remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy quilting,

Trina & Doris