We’ve brought many interesting and informative BLOCK Fridays to you for some time now and I thought it was time to revisit some of our best. Take a look at the 6 BLOCK Fridays below and click on the titles to read more about that particular block. Today’s BLOCK Friday has quilt blocks galore!
The Dresden Plate quilt block is reminiscent of a flower or even spokes on a wheel and lends itself to many different interpretations, which makes it versatile. Kaffe’s Garden at Night is a great example of how the Dresden Plate makes a strong impact. Bright Dresden Plate quilt blocks in a traditional setting with an appliquéd border really packs a punch. Have you seen a Dresden Plate quilt that looks like this before? Like I said, versatile!
The Flying Geese quilt unit is one of the most well-known units used in different quilt blocks with different quilt block names in the quilting world. (That was a mouth full, wasn’t it?) We can’t go wrong with traditional methods used in traditional quilt blocks; they’re tried and true. So, just how long has the Flying Geese unit been around? The Flying Geese pieced-quilt design has been an American favorite since the 1700s. You can catch variations of Flying Geese in chintz quilts from around the same time period. Today, we tend to use lovely cottons for our textiles to piece those 12-inch quilt blocks (or whatever finished block size you choose). A fun variation on the Flying Geese unit is the Dutchman’s Puzzle: a 4-patch design that uses 4 pairs of small Flying Geese units to create a design that looks like a Dutch windmill. The Flying Dutchman uses the Dutchman’s Puzzle quilt block with lovely blues, creams and florals for a traditional quilt with traditional quilt blocks.
This quilt is fat quarter friendly and is great practice for piecing curves. Each quilt block in Twisted Triangles features six curved triangles arranged in a hexagon shape, showing off the Twisted Triangle design. Further personalize your quilt with added contrast and added definition by using fabrics that feature dots and prints. It’s always fun to add a little pizzazz to your projects.
The LeMoyne Star quilt block is a traditional block that is often used in star quilts. You may have seen this block referred to as “Star of LeMoyne” or “Lemon Star.” French-speaking brothers, Jean Baptiste and Pierre LeMoyne, named this quilt block that has since been used in star quilt patterns. There’s more to this history and what an interesting history it is! It’s amazing to think that Links, designed by Deb Tucker, is a result of that history. These LeMoyne Star quilt blocks, however, were made without the use of Y-seams – an influence of modern-day techniques.
The Shoo Fly quilt block is one of those traditional quilt block names that every quilter knows. Another name for this quilt block, popular with farmers in the mid- to late-1800s, was Hole in the Barn Door. Today, quilters are familiar with traditional quilt block names like Churn Dash quilt block, which look similar to the Shoo Fly block. Patchwork Blues is a beautiful example of what the Shoo Fly can do for a quilt.
The Square-in-a-Square quilt block has the potential to make striking designs and unique quilts. Case in point, the Emeralds quilt. Here you see the Square-in-a-Square quilt design paired with the Rolling Stone quilt block. This combination of quilt blocks makes this quilt come to life. What a looker!
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