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…

Love & Marriage

Valentine’s Day: when our thoughts turn to love, chocolate, flowers, and quilts.  Before we get to the quilt part, a little background on St. Valentine. There is more than one early saint called Valentine, but the popular story about this particular St. Valentine is that he performed marriages in secret for Roman soldiers who had been…

On the H Block of Quilt Street

The H Block is this month’s entry in our Block of the Month series. The H Block is  easy  for beginning quilters, but it has the kind of fun movement you find in designs using  more advanced techniques. There’s not much history out there about the H Block, but you can see that it’s based off of…

Among the Pines

Our Block of the Month for November is the Pine Tree Block. The history of different quilt blocks and patterns is something we love to explore, but this month we’re going to talk about a personal history. When it comes to quilting, that’s the real heart and soul of it: patterns and techniques and knowledge…

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…

Fabulous Precuts: Layers of Goodness

Another precut named after a dessert! Do you think they know us? The precut we’re talking about is the 10” square, popularly called a Layer Cake, after Moda Fabrics’ offering. 10” squares precut bundles, like Moda’s Jelly Rolls or Charm packs, generally contain 42 pieces, representing each fabric and colorway in a particular line. 10” squares…

Thread: Holding it All Together

You won’t be surprised to hear that one of our favorite topics is thread: the brand and style we love, how to use it, how to store it, and whether or not it’s worth keeping the snippets you cut off to use in one of those Pinterest projects. Thread is one of the subjects we…

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…