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Yeah! Block 22 ~ St. Louis Star

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Well, I think Block 22 will be worth the wait!  It is the St. Louis Star, published by Clara Stone in Practical Needlework, 1906.   This block is very eye-catching with its popped V Peaky and Spike (V Block) units, Corner Beams and Square-in-Square.  It has such movement.  


A similar block was published by Jinny Beyer, in 1980, in the Quilter’s Album.  Jinny called the block the California Sunset.  Which I think is a terrific name for this block.  The only difference is that Jinny used a 30° angle for the secondary star, instead of the 45°angle used in this St. Louis Star.  Additionally, I found several different blocks referred to as the St. Louis Star, many of them completely different.  This one was my favorite of them, by far!  Love it!

Those Popped Peaky and Spike units are made first with the V Block and then popped with the Corner Pop.  I  have a pictorial step-by-step guide, later in this post.  I highly recommend you read it.  

However, first I want to talk about using a photo t…

Vermont Quilt Festival & Timeless with a Twist

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Sorry all for the delay, it has been a busy week with my Godchild/niece graduating and then driving up to the Vermont Quilt Festival on Thursday!  I love this show.

They had a great awards ceremony, it is awesome to see Dave LaValle hand out all those sewing machines to the kids who entered the Children's Category.  Yesterday, I had a great class for Sparkle, Per usually, we had a great time!

Today, I'm actually teaching three quilts; Sparkle, Spring Bouquet and Bloom!  It is going to be a busy day.  Then tomorrow, I end with In Flight.

So many students came up to me either in Class, at the Preview or at last night's Show and Tell, to tell me what a great time they were having joining in my weekly fun of Timeless with a Twist series!  Many brought their blocks, which I was thrilled to see.   

With me busy this week being so busy, and late,  I'm going to give everyone a make-up week. 

I know I say this a lot, but this is really one of my top 5 favorites of the series,…

Block 21 - Peony and Forget Me Nots

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Whew!  What a few days.  I'm getting ready for probably the busiest 7 weeks of the year.  So, apologies, I'm a little late today.

This week's block is fabulous.  It is Peony and Forget Me Nots, published by Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune, November 19, 1936.    This block is very striking with its non-mirror combination units, stepping patches, and popped rectangles.

 I’ve never seen this block, however I found a block that was similar, published as Double Astor.   It was also credited to Nancy Cabot, just a week before on November 12, 1936.  However, it was missing the 12 patches stepping through the corners, which I think makes this block. Maybe it was part of a building technique series.  One can hope!

Speaking of techniques, this week I have 2 new techniques for you.  We are going to make Non-Mirror Combo Units with our Tucker Trimmer!  Then, we are going to make Popped Rectangles using a "new to the series" Studio 180 Corner Pop!    I will provide you wit…