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First things first, I want to thank you all for your patience this Spring and Summer as we work to get back into a routine. We have the next three blocks made and ready for posting–but life’s roller coaster hasn’t slowed to a stop, yet. And routine isn’t in either of our vocabularies right now. Hang in there with us, we promise not to abandon you with your blocks and no pattern to finish them!
Our newest quilt-along block, Block #17, is Union Square, attributed to Nancy Cabot:
There were hundreds of Cabot patterns that were sold mail-order and grouped in booklets. The same patterns were also published in a syndicated column, written by Loretta Leitner Rising (Chicago Tribune), which began in 1932 and continued through the 1930s. The patterns were reprinted in the 1960s and ’70s by several small publishers but are currently out-of-print again.
From background, (white in block below) cut 4 — 2 3/8″ squares (cut in half diagonally), and 4 — 2 5/8″ squares.
From accent fabric #1 (red floral in block below), cut 4 — 2 5/8″ squares
From accent fabric #2 (grey in block diagram above), cut 4 — 3 3/4″ squares.
1. Join one background and two accent fabric #1 squares into a row. Make two rows like this. Join two background squares and one accent fabric #1 square into a row. Join three rows to make the 9-patch center for the block.
2. Add a white triangle to adjacent sides of the large accent fabric #2 squares as shown below (note the triangle/seam has been pressed open here). To line up for sewing the seam, lay white/background triangle atop the accent fabric #2 square aligning right angle corners. Repeat in opposite corner of the accent fabric #2 square. Flip triangles and press seams:
3. Line your ruler up with the long side of your white/background triangles, using the lines on your ruler to make sure the unsewn sides of your large square (accent fabric #2) form a right angle that extends along white/background triangles:
4. Trim the fourth corner of the large square that extends beyond the white/background triangles (see photo above) to complete your Corner Unit. Repeat on all four Corner Units.
5. Add a Corner Unit to each side of your center 9-patch. Press seams toward Corner.
6. Square to 9 1/2″, if needed (unfinished).
And here are our finished blocks, side-by-side:
This week’s quilt-along block, Block #16, is Skyrocket, a Ruby McKim design first published by the Kansas City Star on November 21, 1928:
Ruby McKim, of McKim Studios in Independence, MO was a mail-order source for patterns and she also syndicated a newspaper column with full-size patterns in the late 1920s and 30s. Kansas City Star Patterns appeared in three periodicals (Kansas City Star, Weekly Kansas City Star and Weekly Star Farmer) from 1928 to 1960. Early patterns were McKim syndicated patterns but in the early 1930s they began a unique column of traditional and new designs by staff members and readers.
From background, (white in block below) cut 8 — 2 3/4″ x 5″ rectangles
From accent fabric #1 (Yellow print in block below), cut 8 — 2″ squares, and 1 — 2 5/8″ square
From accent fabric #2 (Green print in block below), cut 4 — 2 5/8″ squares
From accent fabric #3 (Pink chevron print), cut 4 — 2 5/8” squares, and 4 — 2 3/4″ x 4″ rectangles
1. On the back of each (accent fabric #1) 2″ square, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Join a 2″ square to the corner of each (accent fabric #3) 2 5/8″ square by sewing along the diagonal line. I did mine by chain piecing:
2. Trim seam allowance to 1/4″ and press open. Repeat by sewing a second 2″ square on the adjacent corner of each 2 5/8″ square, to create “star” points. Trim and press.
3. Lay out your four star point units, the center 2 5/8″ square, and the four (accent fabric #2) 2 5/8′ squares as shown:
3. Join into rows, join rows to create block center:
4. The corner units are paper-pieced (foundation piecing). Print your four paper foundations out from here.
5. Use the background rectangles and the accent fabric #3 rectangles to paper-piece your four corner units. From the back it will look like this prior to trimming:
6. Trim your corner units so they look like this (Top is reverse/wrong side, front of unit is shown at bottom):
7. Join the four corner units to your block center. Press. Here are our completed blocks:
I fell in love with this block when I firstmade it for my SewConnected2 Bee in 2009. I used all solids and a slightly different piecing technique. You can see it here.
Sorry that our posts have been delayed… we hope you stick with us! Be assured we are striving to get back on to a regular schedule of posting.
This week’s quilt-along block, Block #15, is Blocks & Bars, from Farm Journal’s Farmer’s Wife (Silver Anniversary Issue), 1945:
From background, (white in block below) cut 4 — 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles, and 4 — 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles
From accent fabric #1 (Orange in block below), cut 2 — 7/8″ x 14″ rectangles, and 1 — 3 1/2″ square
From accent fabric #2 (Floral print in block below), cut 3 — 1 1/4″ x 14″ rectangles, and 4 — 1 1/2″ squares
1. Create a strip set by sewing the five 14″ long rectangles together, being careful to use a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, Press. Your strip set should measure 3 1/2″ x 14″:
2. Cut strip set into four 3 1/2″ squares, for Bar Units:
3. Join a 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background rectangle and a 1 1/2″ Accent print #2 1 1/2″ square. Press seam to darker fabric. Make 4 corner segments.
4. Join a corner segment and a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ background rectangle. Press. Repeat to complete the four corner units.
5. Lay out 3 1/2″ Accent Fabric #1 square, four Bar Units, and 4 Corner Units. Join into rows; Join rows to complete Blocks & Bars block. Here are our finished blocks, side-by-side:
Trina quilted this for me this week; it’s my entry for the MQG Riley Blake Challenge. Her quilting just keeps getting better! And in case you didn’t know, our patterns include quilting diagrams by Trina (BONUS!)
For more photos of my rock star partner’s latest quilting accomplishments, follow this link.
This week’s quilt-along block is Mayor’s Garden:
Block #13, Mayor’s Garden. Nancy Cabot wrote this about the block when it was published in the Chicago Tribune on June 2, 1938: “Mayor’s Garden is southern in origin, coming from a town nesting at the foothills of the Cumberland mountains. His honor’s garden was a riot of all shades of purple iris and rose bushes. The walk through the gardens was of light colored slate typical of the terrain in that section of the country.”
From background (Kona Pond – green in block above) cut 5 — 2 5/8″ squares
From accent fabric #1 (Blue batik in block above) cut 4 — 2 5/8″ squares
From accent fabric #2 (black solid in block above) cut 4 — 1 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ rectangles
From accent fabric #3 (purple in block above) cut 2 — 4 1/4″ squares, cut in half diagonally to make 4 half-square triangles.
1. Join two background and one accent fabric #1 squares into a row. Make two rows like this. Join one background square and two accent fabric #1 squares into a row. Join three rows to make the 9-patch center for the block.
2. Add accent fabric #2 rectangles to opposite sides of your 9-patch. Press. Add rectangles to two remaining sides; press.
3. Carefully align your ruler with the center diagonal in both directions. Trim access off of your accent fabric #2 rectangles.
4. Add one half-square triangle to each corner of your block; press.
5. Square to 9 1/2″ (unfinished).
The block at top, with the blue and purple accent fabrics is Trina’s block. This is mine:
And here are our finished blocks, side-by-side:
This week’s quilt-along block is the Log Cabin, with a little variation:
Block #12, the Log Cabin. According to Jinny Beyer, this version is credited to Grandmother Clark’s Old Fashioned Quilt Designs, Book 21, 1931. Grandmother Clark publications: W.L.M. Clark, Inc., of St. Louis, MO, published a series of booklets titled Clark’s Series of Art needlework Books.
From background (Kona Pond – green in block above) cut 1 – 2″ square and 1 WOF strip – 1 1/4″ wide. From strip, cut 1 – 3 1/2″ piece, 2 – 4 1/4″ pieces, 1 – 5″ piece, 1 – 6 1/2″ piece, 2 – 7 1/4″ pieces and 1 – 8″ piece.
From accent fabric (Purple tone-on-tone in block above) cut 1 WOF strip – 1 1/4″ wide. From strip, cut 1 – 2″ piece, 2 – 2 3/4″ pieces, 1 – 3 1/2″ piece, 1 – 5″ piece, 2 – 5 3/4 pieces, 1 – 6 1/2″ piece, 1 – 8″ piece, 2 – 8 3/4″ pieces, and 1 – 9 1/2″ piece.
TIP: Be aware when you are cutting your width of fabric (WOF) strip, as 1 1/4″ is very narrow, to hold your ruler firmly so you get a straight consistent cut.
1. Join the 2″ background square and the 1 1/4″ x 2″ accent fabric piece. Press. Check your scant 1/4″ seam allowance for accuracy before proceeding.
2. Add a 1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ accent fabric rectangle along the adjacent side, and repeat on the third side. Press each seam open as you go. Add the 1 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle to the fourth side. Press to complete first round.
3. Repeat by adding background rectangles around your center square, increasing in size each time. Continue to add accent and background fabric rounds until your block measures 9 1/2″ (unfinished).
4. Square to 9 1/2″ (unfinished) to complete one Log Cabin Block.
The block above, with the purple accent fabric is Trina’s block. This is mine:
If you want to make your block with three accent fabrics, instead of one, like mine is, referring to cutting instructions above, cut the rectangles in red type for your inner strip, cut the rectangles in green type for the center accent strip, and cut the rectangles in blue type for the outer/final strip. The background cutting is the same for either version.
And here are our finished blocks, side-by-side: