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Block 18 ~ Sky Rocket ~ So fun!

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Block 18 is revealed! 

The Sky Rocket, credited to Ruby McKim, in the Kansas City Star, date November 21, 1928.   I find this block to be extremely unique, I love all the sub-designs within the block.  I don’t remember ever seeing this block in anything recent, I may need to do something more with it!

However, I did find this block design referenced, over the 1930s, as different block names; Dogtooth Violet (Chicago Tribune in 1936), The Album (Kansas City Star in 1937) and Jewel Boxes (Chicago Tribune in 1939).  I can totally see why someone would call this block Jewel Boxes.  However, Ruby’s name for this block, Sky Rocket, in 1929, does have me wondering what the folks of those times thought a Sky Rocket was... However, it is a fitting name, even to this day.

Sky Rocket is made up of Corner Beams, pairs of Combination units, and Quarter Square Triangles in the center star.  Both the Combination Units and Quarter Square Triangle are made with the Tucker Trimmer.  Gosh, I love how mu…

Yeah! Block 17 - Pinwheel

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I'm so excited to be on the mend.  It was a tough 2 weeks but I'm finally starting to feel better.  Thank you all for being so patient and sending such nice notes of encouragement.  I truly appreciate it.  I'm still trying to dig out, so I ask if you've sent an email and are awaiting a reply, give me a few more days to get caught up.

Now, onto Block 17, the Pinwheel!
This Pinwheel Block, is credited to Alice Brooks, it was in an unidentified newspaper clipping, date unknown.  I found over 14 blocks referred to as a Pinwheel Block in my grandmother’s “under the bed box”.  Even more while researching.  Many of which, I would say more closely relate to the Windmill (Block 3).  If nothing else, I learned that the Pinwheel block is very popular, especially in the 1930s, and has continued to remain popular.  It is truly a timeless block.  I elected this block because I love the square in a square appearance and it will make a fabulous setting block (hint).

This is really a f…

Under the weather! Unexpected repeat of Block 3!

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Sorry all, I'm down with a horrible sinus infection and I apologize, I've missed posting Friday.  I was hoping to feel better by now, but I'm still struggling.

Therefore, you are getting an unexpected repeat of Block 3, Windmill.  I was hoping to save this for my next catch-up week, but I will have to come up with another block.  Thank you all for your patience.


Block 3 is a Windmill Block.  The Windmill block, in its simplest form, is thought to date back to mid-1700s. The Windmill block probably has over a hundred variations.  In just my grandmother’s clippings and my reference materials, I found over 25 variations.  I selected this variation due to its uniqueness.   This clipping is referenced as Grandmother’s Patchwork Quilt Design, Book 20, 1931.  Which I love, because I had a Windmill block quilt growing up, I always thought it was a Pinwheel block, but it wasn't.  Maybe next week, we will talk about the differences as Block 17 may uncover some clues.

We will be …

Block 16! Springfield Patch

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I'm up in Rangeley, Maine, for Spring Quilt Camp, hosted by Threads Galore.  We are having a fabulous time.  I love it up here at this time of year.  The quilters take over the Rangeley Inn, and we have a blast.  Carol and Dan welcome us all, as well as Travis, Jim and the rest of the Rangeley Inn staff.  

 It is always so nice to catch-up with some many friends.  It is so fun to see what everyone has been up to over the last six months. It is great to see so many finished projects.  We are all like the trees outside the windows, we are slowly but surely starting to bud and bloom.    Everyone is so happy to be out and about.  I love it.   


Block 16!  Springfield Patch, appearing in Ladies Art Company, 1922 is also known as Monterey, Nancy Page Birmingham News, March 1, 1938.  I find this block fascinating, I love the way the Shaded Four-Patches and Flying Geese showcase the Peaky and Spike blocks.  Nancy Page was quoted in the Birmingham News, stating of her Monterey block, “Anyone …

Yeah! Block 15 - Flying Triangles!

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I hope you all enjoyed that catch-up week , while I got to spend a fabulous time with students and fellow instructors at AQS Paducah!  I had a fabulous time.  It really is a bucket list quilt show. 

This week's block is Flying Triangles, credited to Nancy Page, appeared in the Birmingham News, on November 23, 1943.  Nancy Page reverse the traditional shading of the Peaky and Spike Units (aka V Block) to create fabulous two-toned Star of Alamo (often referred to as a Friendship Star) but with some extra flair with the Quarter Square Triangle Center which provides the block with more movement than the Star of Alamo.  Plus, she added the Half Square Triangles to give it that twist.  I think this block is so quirky, I love it.


This week block is a using two tools you have been using for the last few weeks ( or months), the V Block and the Tucker Trimmer 1.  You will need that spare Quarter Square Triangle from Block 2.  I hope you took my advice and found it!  I will admit, it took me…

Paducah Week! Make-up Week! Block 2 -The Silent Star

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While I'm having a blast teaching at AQS Quiltweek, in Paducah, I'm going to give a few of the "late to the series" folks a chance to download block 2 and the rest of you a week to catch-up!

Also, a special note to those of you that completed Block 2 several weeks ago, you may want to locate that spare unit!  If you switched colorways after block 13, this may be a great block to make in your new colorway, as you may need that spare unit!  If you missed Block 2, this may not make sense, go ahead and make the unit and it all will.  😉

Block 2- The Silent Star
The Silent Star, dates back to 1871, but was known as the Frank Leslie Design Block.  However, the block became popular, as the Silent Star, in church quilting groups, in the early 1940s in United States.  Many church quilting groups made comfort quilts, including the Silent Star block, to provide comfort to war torn areas, but at the same time to demonstrate America's conviction to stay out of WWII. 
As you kn…