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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…

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,…

BLOCK Friday: Basket Quilts

Quilts depicting basket shapes have been part of the American quilting lexicon for nearly two centuries. Whether represented as a quilting motif, a trapunto design, a realistic appliqué pattern, or as stylized patchwork, the basket designs found on quilts are old favorites and serve as welcoming symbols of hearth and home. Basket quilt patterns vary…

BLOCK Friday: Apple Core Quilts

Apple Core quilts get their name from the one and only patch shape that goes into their construction, which resembles the side view of an apple core. The top and bottom edges of each patch have convex (“outie”) curves, while the side curves are concave (“innie”). The length of the outer and inner curves are…

BLOCK Friday: Windblown Quilt Blocks

Think of quilt block names that are associated with the wind. What do you come up with? Two that come to mind immediately are Pinwheel quilt blocks and Weathervane quilt blocks. They may not be 10 minutes quilt blocks, but they’re well worth the effort. Both are traditional quilt block patterns that have held a…

BLOCK Friday: Virginia Reel Quilt Block

Have you ever made a Virginia Reel quilt block? If you have, you’ve probably used those blocks in a quilt, like Romantic Trails by Tammy Vanderschmitt. They have such a unique look to them, it’s impossible to mistake them for anything else. You may have heard of a Snail’s Trail quilt block, which makes up…

Sister Sampler Envelope FREE Pillow Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Sister Quilt Blocks

Are you familiar with sister quilt blocks? They’re a visually stimulating way of using the same block twice in your quilt pattern. Sister quilt blocks are a fun way to see how the same quilt block can change the look of a quilt by using different colorways or by turning the second block at a…

BLOCK Friday: Spiderweb Quilts

Spiderweb quilts are aptly named — you can see the spiderweb shape in each quilt block whether you’re a quilter or not! Many spiderweb quilts double as string quilts, although not all. Some Spiderweb quilt patterns have specific cutting instructions and even offer quilt kits including specific fabrics. You’ll find, with Spiderweb string quilt patterns, utilizing…

BLOCK Friday: Log Cabin Quilt Layouts – Pineapple Variation

Log Cabin quilts come in hundreds of variations. You might recognize the name of these Log Cabin quilt layouts showcasing different quilt block settings and quilt arrangements: Courthouse Steps, Pineapple, Barn Raising, Sunshine and Shadows, Chevron and White House Steps. As with most quilt blocks, you’ll find different names used for the same variation or quilt block.…

Caroline's Chair Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Irish Chain Quilts

For those quilters who like knowing the history of the quilts they make, or learning something new about the craft, you’ll enjoy this week’s BLOCK Friday. Irish quilts are steeped in American history and they continue to thrive as some of quilting’s most popular designs. Plus, they’re pretty to look at and bring a sense of nostalgia with them for…