One More Ladder to Climb

Our final block in our Block of the Month series is Jacob’s Ladder. Another nine-patch, composed of squares, four-patch squares, and half-square triangles, the variations you can create through color choice and block placement are amazing and endless! Jacob’s Ladder has been popular since the late 1800’s. It also goes by the names Road to…

On The Fence

  One of the simplest blocks you can learn as a quilter, the Rail Fence is made from three or more pieced strips . Don’t let that simplicity fool you, though: this straightforward block creates varied and unexpectedly beautiful quilts. Rail Fence blocks can be put together to create the Roman Square, Fine Woven or Basket…

Puzzle It Out

Get your gear together, quilters, because we’re sending you to the mountain tops. The next entry in our Block of the Month is the Rocky Mountain Puzzle block. This block has got a lot of action going on!  All those points give create lot of movement. Needless to say, two very busy fabrics put together…

My, What Big Paws You Have!

This is the kind of bear paw you won’t mind seeing around the house, quilters. This month’s block has been around for a long time, and comes in many variations. The Bear’s Paw probably originated from saw-tooth borders used by quilters, who then used the same methods to create quilt blocks, and was in use…

Puttin’ On The Ritz

Ready to dress up in style, quilters? Because August 28th is National Bow Tie Day! And in honor of such a fashionable occasion, this month’s quilt block is the Bow Tie Block. This block can dress up a quilt in various layouts, creating striking and beautiful geometric patterns, and can be seen in quilts dating back…

On a Wild Geese Chase

  Coming in for a landing in the next installment of our Block of the Month series is the Flying Geese pattern. Another traditional quilt pattern dating back to at least the early 1800’s, the Flying Geese pattern consists of a three triangles, one large and two smaller. While this seems pretty simple, it’s definitely…

Closing the Barn Door

The next pattern in our Block of the Month series is the Hole in the Barn Door. This particular block is known by many other names,  the most common being Churn Dash. Like many of our blocks, it originated in the early 1800’s. Another nine-patch variation, this block is a wonderful basic pattern for quilters to…

No Flies On This Block.

The second block in our Block of the Month series goes by the whimsical name of Shoo Fly. Whether or  not you think the name of this block originated from the blooms of the clover broom plant, which the pattern is said to resemble, this simple nine-patch, composed of blocks and half-square triangles, is an…