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BLOCK Friday: String Quilt Scrapbuster!

The string quilt is a scrapbuster, no doubt, and it can also be incredibly liberating. Constructed from a series of thin strips (the strings), string-pieced blocks come in a wider variety of shapes and designs than you might expect. Kris Peterson, staff technical writer at Fons & Porter, talks about the series of string quilts…

BLOCK Friday: Tilted Blocks

The Tilted Block–it’s a fun way to get wonky! Whether you construct it by trimming down or prefer to sew wedges around the center (both methods work!), this is an unbeatable block for fussy-cutting. Making a tilted block might look difficult, but it can be easy and fun. A good way to cut loose and…

Feathered Star: Star of Chamblie

BLOCK Friday: Feathered Star—A Feather in Your Quilting Cap

What defines a Feathered Star quilt block? Is it simply adding an outline of small triangles to a star block? Marsha McCloskey, the foremost expert on the Feathered Star, laughs and says, “That’s pretty much it.” She adds, “You can really feather almost anything.” Many of her own quilt patterns feature feathered borders, for example.…

BLOCK Friday: Wheel Quilts

Not all curves are created equal! Quilters know that, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded. We have all kinds of tricks (and techniques) up our sleeves, which come in handy when we’re discussing quilt blocks that can be a bit of a challenge. We’ll get to those soon, but let’s look at the quilts…

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…

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…

Rescue Me Quilt

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,…

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.…

Disappearing Four Patch by Jenny Doan

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,…

Pond Patch Baby Quilt Pattern Kit

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…

Album Cross Quilt -- 1844

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…