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Scrappy Triangles Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Top 10 Most Popular!

We love a good BLOCK Friday and we know you do, too! Well, we know that you love the BLOCK Fridays listed below, anyway. Today, we’re sharing the 10 most popular write-ups in this series featuring quilt and quilt block history, quilt patterns and techniques, tutorials and tools for easier and accurate construction. So, let’s start the…

Patriotic Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Patriotic Quilts

4th of July, Veteran’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day… the list goes on! Patriotic holidays in the U.S. are plentiful and many of us like to decorate our homes in solidarity with, and in honor of, these holidays. Think American flag quilts, patriotic table runners, and the like. As quilters, we have the means…

Aviary - Block of the Month Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Block of the Month Quilts

Receiving a box each month with new materials for a single quilting project is pretty exhilarating. There’s something about block of the month quilts that’s just so appealing. Is it the anticipation of the next package arriving with quilting goodies? Fresh fabric certainly is addicting. It could also be the shorter stints at the sewing machine, keeping…

Bed-Size Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Kaleidoscope Quilt Blocks

Kaleidoscope (as defined by Merriam-Webster): An instrument containing loose bits of colored material (such as glass or plastic) between two flat plates and two plane mirrors so placed that changes of position of the bits of material are reflected in an endless variety of patterns. Kaleidoscope quilt blocks are aptly named, aren’t they? An integral part…

Batik Fabrics and Batik Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Batik Quilt Patterns

Using beautiful batik fabrics can make any quilt pattern pop right off of the quilt. Stunning batik fabrics are perfect for many different quilting patterns—from Civil War quilt patterns to floral quilts. Batik quilt patterns not only make a stunning statement, they are also a lot of fun to work with. A wide variety of choices—multicolored, semi-colored,…

Throw Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Woven Quilts & Quilt Blocks

Woven quilt blocks, or quilts that appear to be woven, are a delightful optical illusion. They can appear complicated, but depending on the quilt and design layout, they might be quite simple to create. Using graphic prints, sashing tricks and pre-cuts, quilters have the tools to make a woven quilt appear challenging, even if the process was quite simple.…

Off My Back by Tony Jacobson

BLOCK Friday: Disappearing Nine Patch

Quilting is an integral part of American history, especially during the time of the pioneers and their move west. Women sewed, as was tradition, and children began their sewing education with simpler projects, like Nine Patch quilt patterns. The Nine Patch quilt block has been around for hundreds of years. As the years have passed, the Nine Patch has,…

Luck of the Irish Quilted Tablerunner Project

BLOCK Friday: St. Paddy’s Day Quilts

The holidays are extra special for quilters because it gives us an excuse to take on new and exciting projects (and we get to decorate — very important). This month, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and the name of the game is Irish Chain and/or green quilts. Are these on your quilting bucket list? Yes…

Cross Road to Grandma's House Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Album Cross Quilt Block

Happy BLOCK Friday! We have a tried-and-true quilt block for you today — the Album Cross block. It has withstood the test of time, having been a popular block for quilts made in the 1800s, like the quilt featured here from 1844. For you traditional quilters, you’ll likely recognize the Album Cross, either by name or…

BLOCK Friday: Amish Quilts

Amish quilts are famous for their awesome color schemes, outstanding workmanship, and minimalist aesthetic. Although the Amish have been making quilts for uncounted generations, there’s something very modern about the look of many of them. These distinctive designs are at home anywhere, from a country cabin to a sleek condo. Genuine Amish quilts can be…

Odds & Ends II - Two-Color Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Red and White Quilts

Two-color quilts, especially red and white quilts, are classic Americana! The geometry of these quilts stands out clearly, giving them appealing strength and substance. With Valentine’s Day approaching, we thought now would be the perfect time to talk about red and white quilt designs! Although these quilts have always enjoyed immense popularity with quilters, there…

Country Garden Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Pieced Flower Quilts

Flower quilts there are aplenty, but due to the nature of the subject matter (think soft, curved petals), many are created using applique techniques. So what’s a piecer who loves flowers to do? Try some of the many pieced flower quilt block patterns in the quilting universe, of course! The Fons & Porter archives are…

BLOCK Friday: Album Quilt Blocks

Nearly any quilt block can become an album block, simply by being used in a signature quilt. But some types of quilt blocks are more commonly used for this purpose than others, earning their place in quilting history as perhaps the most sentimental of all blocks. Signature quilts have historically been made to celebrate personal,…

BLOCK Friday: Tree Quilt Blocks

As is true with so many quilt motifs, tree quilt blocks draw their inspiration from nature. And as is true in nature, there are seemingly infinite varieties of trees to see and stitch. Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns (American Quilter’s Society, 1993) has over 60 “species” alone! From completely representational to wildly abstract versions,…