This week’s quilt-along block, Block #14, is Prairie Flower:
According to Jinny Beyer’s book, Prairie Flower was published by Jane Alan, Illinois State Register, April 2, 1933. However, Barbara Brackman attributes the block to Nancy Cabot: from a syndicated column written by Loretta Leitner Rising for the Chicago Tribune in the 1930s. There were hundreds of Cabot patterns that were sold mail-order and grouped in booklets. The same patterns were also sold by the Spinning Wheel syndicate and the Progressive Farmer. The Cabot column began in 1932 and continued through the decade. Patterns were reprinted in the 1960s and ’70s by several small publishers but are currently out-of-print again as far as I know. Many of those attributed to Cabot by various indexers are probably NOT actually from that source.
We both LOVE this block.
From background (light green inblock diagram) 1 — 3 1/2″ square (for center; I used a Kaffe Fasset floral for my center), 16 — 2 1/2″ squares
From accent fabric #1 (Grey in block diagram) 4 — 3 1/2″ squares
From accent fabric #2 (Teal green in block diagram) 4 — 3 1/2″ squares
1. On the wrong side of each 2 1/2″ background square, draw a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner.
2. Place a background square atop one of your 3 1/2″ Accent Fabric #2 squares, right sides together (RST).
3. Stitch on the diagonal line you drew in Step 1. Trim the excess from the corner, press seam open.
4. Repeat Steps 2 & 3 on opposite corner to finish the Corner Unit. Make 4 Corner Units.
5. Place a background square atop one of your 3 1/2″ Accent Fabric #1 squares, right sides together (RST).
6. Stitch on the diagonal line you drew in Step 1. Trim the excess from the corner, press seam open.
7. Repeat Steps 5 & 6 on adjacent corner to finish the Alternate Units . Make 4 Alternate Units.
8. Lay out one Center Square (keep in mind I used a print, Trina’s is of the background solid fabric), four Corner Units, and four Alternate Units as shown:
9. Join into rows, join rows to make Prairie Flower Block:
Here’s Trina’s block:
Notice, she got an entirely different look by using the striped fabric she chose, it almost looks as if the Alternate Units have pink triangles pieced onto the ends. Always try to think of how your fabrics can work for you to get different looks in your blocks:
And here are our finished blocks, side-by-side: