Block 41 ~ Baton Rouge Block

Block 41 is Baton Rouge Block in my Timeless with a Twist Series! It was published in Ladies Art Company in 1922. 
This block is made up of Diamond Rectangles and Shaded four-patch units.   The Diamond Rects are made with dual-colored side triangles.  The block was also published as just "Baton Rouge", in 1934, by Nancy Page, in the Birmingham News.  However, this is not the Baton Rouge Square, that is a different block.  This block, the Baton Rouge Block, is a perfect block to use a large-scale print in the large center square.

With its clean lines, this block would make a great alternate block, as it creates a fabulous secondary design, without stealing the staging from a main block.  Classic, elegant and timeless, just like its namesake the city of Baton Rouge.

This week, I went with a split-complementary plan for both of my fabric selections. 

For my first fabric selection, I selected that fabulous light-blue red (18) floral fabric for my center.  Given the size of that…

Block 40 ~ Periwinkle & Sunset on the Sound (Mystery)

Block 40, Periwinkle, by Nancy Page, was published in Birmingham News on March 12, 1935. 

This block is made up of Diamond Rectangles and Corner Beams.  I absolutely love the movement!  This block is most likely a revolution of the Shooting Star (Ladies Art Company, 1897).  Replacing the basic squares of the Shooting Star, with Corner Beams, creates Periwinkle. When putting the Diamond Rectangles together, alternating one of the side triangles creates that center secondary design.   A perfect name for this block, just like a Periwinkle flower, this block is classic (timeless) yet whimsical.

If you are following along with the series, you know how to make Diamond Rects and Corner Beam.  If you need a refresher, check out the blog post for Block 38 for a Diamond Rect pictorial and blog post for Block 17.

For the my first fabric selection, I went with a split-complementary color plan.  Selecting the Light-Medium Yellow-Green (3), then picking the Light from the same color tab.  Then go…

Timeless with a Twist ~ Setting 3 ~ Vivacious!

A bonus download this week for those following along with my Timeless with at Twist Series, the 3rd quilt setting option!

This Quilt Setting uses any thirty (30) Timeless with a Twist Blocks and is a Queen Size quilt (90" x 105").   You will make  Cornerstones and Sashing with V Block and (Newer) Square²  (Or Large Square Squared).

Block 39 ~ Storm at Sea & Blog Project 2019!

Block 39, Storm at Sea, by Evelyn Foland, was published in Kansas City Star, on May 14, 1932.
 This block is made up of Diamond Rectangles, Square³ (Square-in-a-Square-in-a-Square or Stacked Squares) and Square² (Square-in-a-Square).   Storm at Sea is also known as Ocean Waves (Laura Wheeler, Cincinnati Enquirer, September 6, 1933) and Rolling Stones (Laura Wheeler, Cincinnati Enquirer, March 8, 1935).  I’ve always known this block as the Storm at Sea, so I was surprised by the Rolling Stone reference.  However, based on fabric placement, I could see how it could create that illusion.

Block 38 ~ Victory Garden & Rangeley Retreat Recap!

Block 38, Victory Gardens, by Nancy Page, was published in Birmingham News, on May 25, 1943. 
This block is made up of Diamond Rectangles. Square-in-a-Square-in-a-Square (Square³ or Stacked Squares) and Half Square Triangles.  Nancy Page was quoted on the same page as stating, “Nancy… isn’t this going to be quite a good deal of work?  I think it is.  Perhaps that is why I called it a Victory Garden.  Those gardens are going to be work too.  If we don’t waste the seeds which we sow we are going to have to put in many hours of work.  But the results will justify the hard work we hope.  And that’s the way I feel about this pattern. The results when the quilt top is all pieced and set together ought to justify the time used in putting it together”. 

Block 37 ~ Crazy Ann & Fall Quilt Camp!

Crazy Ann, in an unknown clipping, is credited to Finley, dated in 1929.   In researching, I found this same block with its double Split Rectangles and Shaded Four-Patches, which create that hexagon, known by several other names.  Two of blocks are also credited to Finley, in 1929; Follow the Leader, and Twist and Turn.  Additionally, it was also known as Crazy Anne, with an “e”, in the Kansas City Star, on October 15, 1932. 
Crazy Ann is very similar to Crazy House, which only has single Split Rects, but the same Shaded Four-Patches in the corners.  It seems Crazy Ann, carried the crazy into Crazy Ann.  :)  I think we all know a crazy Ann that keeps us laughing!  Whatever you want to call it, I think it is a fabulous block. 

This week I was consumed with getting ready for Fall Quilt Camp and rebuilding my website (  I've been planning on rebuilding my website for some time, but I've been a little busy.  However, my web platform was being retired, which m…

Block 36 ~ California Sunset

Can you believe we are 75% through the blocks!    Crazy!  Crazy winds here in CT today too!

Block 36 is California Sunset!  Such a find!  Love it!  This one is going to test all the skills you've learned over the last few months, but it will be worth it!

California Sunset was published in the Chicago Tribune, on December 5, 1933 and credit to Nancy Cabot.

This is a spectacular block and unique, as this clipping is the first time I’ve seen this block, and I love it.  I searched extensively, and I could not find this block known as anything else.  The block’s corners units, with the Split Rects, are similar to Dutch Tulip.  However, the Corner Beam units replace the one-patch units in Dutch Tulip.  The Peaky and Spike (V block) units really make this block exploded.   I think California Sunset is very appropriate name for this wonderful block.  I have big plans for this block in the Timeless with a Twist Book series!

Block 35 ~ Autumn Stars!

Block 35 ~ Autumn Stars was in Progressive Farmer, 1935.   Nancy Cabot was credited with the same block, but referenced as Golden Chains, in the Chicago Tribune, November 20, 1937. 

This block has terrific movement given the Split Rects and Dual-Colored Square-in-Square unit.  Add the Corner Beam unit to the corners and wow!  With its great lines, this block would be great as an alternate block in a quilt or makes for a wonderful one block quilt due to the secondary design within the block.  Hmm.. maybe this is another block used in a setting in the Book Series.... :)

Block 34 & Quilters on the Lake 2018!

Block 34 is Emerald Square, credited to Nancy Cabot in Chicago Tribune, April 22, 1936. 
Nancy Cabot is quoted as saying “Emerald Block is pieced pattern designed to illustrate in a quilt form the beauty of that precious stone for which it was named.  Varying the shade of green are used for the several hues of the spectrum found when the light strikes the stone.”  So, even though this was printed in a black and white paper, she was certain to let her followers know that the block should be green.  A simple but elegant block.

Block 33 ~ Dutch Tulips

Block 33 is Dutch Tulips credited to Laura Wheeler in Cincinnati Enquirer, September 17, 1933. Laura Wheeler is quoted as saying “The tulip was one of the favorite flowers of the early settlers and it was they who first introduced them to the country. It is no wonder then that we find it used in such a variety of ways in quilt patterns.  Dutch Tulips though has more than just a beauty of form to recommend it for it is composed to a great part of scraps of material.  This gives the thrifty quiltmaker an opportunity to make a charming quilt more economically.”  You heard her, try making this block with scraps!