Are you ready? Block 11- The Five Spot

Are you ready?  Did everyone catch-up?  
I heard from so many of you that you were happy to have the week to catch up and I know many of you did take the opportunity to do so, which made me so happy.  Additionally, I heard from many of you that you were thrilled to be able to get Block 1, which was great, I'm glad I could help!
Things are moving along well with my Book preparation, and I wanted to thank you all for being so helpful!   The only thing I asked is that you read these blog posts, as they hold a lot of information and I think (and hope) that they provide you with good information.  So, if you are reading this, you can get your download here.
So, are you ready?  Block 11 is The Five Spot!  The Five Spot, by Nancy Cabot, appeared in the Chicago Tribune, September 23, 1936.  The Five Spot is basically a Sawtooth Patchwork Block, that has a Shaded 4-Patch in place of an ordinary half square triangle.

So, you heard right, we are going to make Shaded 4-Patches again!  How muc…

Week 11 and it is time to catch up! Special treat - Block 1 is available again for a limited time!

Can you believe that we completed 10 blocks!  I built in a few catch up weeks into the Timeless with a Twist program (4 to be exact) and this is one of them.  As a bonus, I'm making Block 1, the Bear's Paw, available again, since we had so many people join late.  
So, if you are running behind, you have a week to catch up!  If you missed block 1, you can make it now!  I've heard that several of you want to re-make your block 1, so this is the perfect week to do so!
For those of you that are caught and have block 1 completed. I would like to remind you about the color placement.  I noticed that a few folks laid out the their "paws" different than the pattern.  So, pull out that first block and check to make sure you have your paws are coming together properly.  Page down for some tips and tricks on putting the paws together, the partial seam and some reminders about scrap management.
If you read my Blog post at the beginning of the series, Why I love Sampler Quilts, …

Woohoo! Block 10 - Duck Tracks

Woohoo!  Block 10 - We are in the double digits!  Duck Tracks!

Duck Tracks, by Nancy Page, appeared in the Birmingham News, December 3, 1935.  You may remember, Block 1 Bear’s Paw was found to be known as Duck’s Foot.  However, this is the only block I found to be known as Duck Track.  It is similar to the Five Diamond block, only with eight diamonds.   The outer round of Dual-colored Flying Geese creates a unique design. Similar to last week’s Federal Square block, color placement and tone placement, could affect which of the stars are dominate.

You will want to be very careful (I can not say this enough) when you lay out this block.  I usually end with this reminder, but in case you don't read my full blog, I wanted to remind you to double check the lay out prior to stitching. 

Those Dual-colored Flying Geese will get you everytime.  You will want to look for the Medium Star points to come together on 2 corners and then the Light-Medium to come together on the opposite 2 corners…

Block 9 - Federal Square!

Yeah!  Block 9 is here.  I wasn't sure if I was going to make it, as I've been fighting this Upper Respiratory Infection for days, and realized late Wednesday night that I had Block 10 ready to go, but missed 9.  Aargh!  Oh well, I completed here at the Strong House Inn, where I'm hosting my Quilting in Vermont Spring Retreat.  

So, enough about me,  onto the block.  Another great find (in my opinion). Federal Square, by Nancy Cabot, appeared in the Chicago Tribune, June 19, 1937.  This is a clever block, it has great lines and presents different illusions depending on the color and tone placement.  While I couldn’t find this block referenced to anyone else, nor under any other name, I did find blocks with similar compositions.   For instance, the Broken Star (Nancy Cabot, Chicago Tribune, July 17, 1936) and the Star of the East (Laura Wheeler, unidentified newspaper clipping) both have similar lines but a different constitution of units.   Federal Squares, can be found wit…

Block 8 - Black Beauty!

Yeah!  I love this block.  Black Beauty, by Nancy Cabot, appeared in the Chicago Tribune, July 14, 1933.  This is one of those blocks that has been known by several names, but rarely seen.  

 In 1938, Nancy Cabot herself, published this block under another name, Stars and Stripe, again in the Chicago Tribune.   Nancy Page, published it as Dover Square, in the Birmingham News, in 1943, which is around the same time the original Black Beauty movie came out, so you wonder if that had anything to do with Nancy Page calling it by a different name.  Block, after block, I find references to Nancy Cabot and Nancy Page publishing similar blocks, often by different names, sometimes within the same year or only a short time apart. It makes you wonder what those two ladies thought of each other, or did then even know of each other given the distance.  

 Okay, let's talk color first.  Often when I'm selecting fabric, I go to a border fabric or inspiration fabric.  Sometimes that fabric ends …