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New Pattern ~ Be Dazzled & Block 32 ~ Pink Magnolias

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This week's block is Pink Magnolias credited to Nancy Cabot in Chicago Tribune, July 26, 1936.   Nancy Cabot is quoted as saying “Pink Magnolias is a pieced block of southern origin, made for the first time in New Orleans.  The completed block is really four magnolias with the leaves set together and with the blossoms radiating from the center.”  She described it perfectly!  However, I could not find it referenced prior to 1936, so I’ve only listed her version.
Pink Magnolias is made up of two sets of two types of Split Rects and Four-Patch units, so you will only need your Split Rects and the optional Four-Patch Square Up  (I would use it, especially for these little guys!)

I love this block, it is so happy! 

My color selections are pretty close this week.  It is hard not to use Pink on a block that is called Pink Magnolias.  :)  For both fabric selections I went with a Split Complementary color plan. 

For my first fabric selection, I went with Fushia (16) and paired it with a Me…

Sparkling Jewel is Block 31! Split Rects!

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Block 31 is Sparkling Jewel, credited to Nancy Cabot in Chicago Tribune, March 11, 1937.   This block is very striking with its Popped Corner Beams surrounded by Split Rects, creating an octagon. 
The center of the block, was published independently as the Dragonfly Block in 1936. Adding the dark corner units and split rectangles, creating the octagon, really makes this block sparkle and its jewel like feel!  A perfect name!

For my first fabric selection, I went with a Triadic color plan.  When I reviewed my blocks, I felt I was lacking some lighter orange, so I started there, with the Orange Yellow (23), then finding a Purple (15) and Light Aqua-Green (7). 
Now, for my second fabric selection, I also went with a Triadic color plan.  I'm getting really tight with fabric, so I'm supplementing a few solids scraps.   I'm trying to get 18 blocks from this fabric selection, I started with Block 14, so I need to squeeze out one more block next week!   I had a good amount of the …

Wow! We are on Block 30!

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Can you believe we are on Block 30!  Block 30 is Grandmother's Favorite.  Grandmother’s Favorite, by Eveline Foland, was published in Kansas City Star, on November 5, 1930.   This block is made up of a Birds of Paradise, Square-in-a-Square (Square²) and Half Square Triangles.
In my research, I found this same block to be referred to as Scotch Squares in 1913 in the Farmer’s Wife.  Additionally, I found this same block in a May 1938 unknown newspaper clipping, missing the credit, referring to it as Scotch Plaid. This is another one of those blocks that can be changed dramatically by changing the value placement.

On a personal note, I specifically selected Grandmother's Favorite to be block number thirty.  I lost my Grandmother just before my thirtieth Birthday.  We had a serious conversation the day before she passed.  Her passing was unexpected, so I was happy to have had the conversation.  I had just made a serious career change, leaving behind the Casino industry and taking …

Block 29 is Eureka! A very special block!

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Block 29 is Eureka, by Nancy Cabot, appeared in the Chicago Tribune, November 12, 1937.  Eureka is made up of Dual-colored Flying Geese, Flying Geese and Four-Patch units.  Fabulous!
This week, I’m sharing some personal history, as this block holds a special place in my heart.  There is a handwritten note on this clipping, from my grandmother, and it states, “Uncle Sam”. 

Remembering the Quilt that was made with this block, I know my Grandmom was speaking of my Great Uncle Sam, who was actually my Grandmother’s older brother by fourteen years.  At 16, when my Grandmother was just two, Sam joined the Army to fight in WW1.  The story goes, he returned home after the war but was never quite the same.  While he went to work at PNC Bank, he kept to himself, and never married.  He chose to live with my Grandmother for the rest of his life, including moving into my childhood home.  I can remember sitting with my Great Uncle Sam reading, he loved to read and passed that love onto me.  He pass…