Block

All block patterns, whether pieced, appliquéd or created with any other technique, are grouped here.

Hourglass Unit

Hourglass Unit

A block unit which you can use to build up your own block designs... (17 April 2011)

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Virginia Reel

Virginia Reel

This month’s block, the Virginia Reel, was chosen for several reasons. First of all, it served as “logo” for QuiltTimeTravel 2010, the quilt trip Jutta organized together with her friend Carola for a group of German and Swiss quilters. Secondly, it is a very versatile block which offers many options for different colour placements which then create stunningly different overall quilt patterns.

You are probably familiar with the block as such, but might rather know it under the name of “Snail Trail” or “Square on Square”... (15 April 2011)

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

The Pomegranate block was inspired by a picture taken on the premises of Colonial Williamsburg on a particular lovely afternoon in September 2006. Colonial Williamsburg probably always puts you under a spell, no matter when you visit or how good or bad the weather is. The quaint old houses steeped in history and the museum staff dressed as their ancestors in the 18th century transport you back into the past in a very charming manner. Despite being attired in a most unacceptable manner for that time yourself, you suddenly feel as if you were part of the genteel society of pre-revolutionary America... (16 March 2011)

Spring Flower (Quilting Motif)

Spring Flower

It seems that we have a strong preference for flower motifs when we are quilting. Here comes another design inspired by nature. The simple stylized bloom on a slender, curved stem complements the yellow and green colour setting chosen for the Tie a Yellow Ribbon quilt. You will find the entire flowers in the light green setting triangles... (12 March 2011)

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Bonus: Waterlily 2

Waterlily 2

This quilt motif was designed to fill the large triangles of the Lady of the Lake block when the block is used in a single block setting. This is the case in the bonus cushion project, but Waterlily 2 would also complement the block if integrated in a block sampler. Of course, you can also use this motif for any other triangle unit.... (12 March 2011)

Star Cross Block

Star Cross Block

The Star Cross block is basically a 7 by 7 grid block. However, if you look closely and consult with the quilt police, you will come to the conclusion that it is really a 14 by 14 grid block. It is part of a quilt based on 7 by 7 grids that will be published in a few months here on Quilt around the World.

With the colour setting chosen for this project, the star in this pattern is not that obvious. The cross seams to jump out of the block. No wonder: The dark green marbled fabric offers the greatest contrast to the surrounding patches while other fabrics blend in more with their environment... (9 March 2011)

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Harlekin Sashing Corner Block

Harlekin Sashing Corner Block

Whilst the Harlekin sashing corner blocks are not as time consuming as the sashing blocks described in the previous section, they are a little more complicated to sew. The block itself is again a simple Hourglass block. However, the use of striped fabric makes it necessary to apply a little care when cutting the squares for the quarter square triangles used in this block... (21 February 2011)

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Harlekin Sashing Block

Harlekin Sashing Block

The Harlekin quilt is an example of an inverted world order of sorts: Whilst the main block, the Harlekin block described in the previous chapter, is a simple and quickly sewn block, the sashing in this quilt requires some major staying power. There is nothing difficult about the block as such, but making 120 identical Hourglass blocks does need more than a little forbearance.... (16 February 2011)

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Pine Burr

Pine Burr

The Pine Burr block made it into the selection for the American Impressions BOM for two reasons:

First of all, it is a very, very beautiful block which has been around for quite some time. The famous Kansas City Star newspaper published it for the first time in August 1939, stating that the contributing lady copied it from a quilt her mother had made forty-five years earlier. In spite of this, you don’t see many quilts with this pattern. The Virginia Quilt Museum possesses a beautiful Pine Burr quilt and if you are in the Shenandoah Valley region, do stop by and see whether it has been allowed to come out of storage again. ;-)

Secondly, the American Impressions BOM was conceived to cover many different techniques. The many small triangles and the lack of 90° angles make Foundation Piecing an obvious choice, technique wise. The Foundation Piecing sections are complemented by two shapes cut with the help of templates. There you are: two techniques in one block and two techniques that haven’t had much attention so far at Quilt around the World... ;-)... (14 February 2011)

Bonus: Windblown Square

Windmill

Playing around with blocks for the BOM and with pictures from the QuiltZeitReise 2010 at the same time made us think of ways to combine both. As is often the case we didn’t find exactly what we were looking for but our archive produced this photo of a windmill from a previous US visit... (7 February 2011)

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