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Blocks 23 and 24 - More on the Diagonal

The next two blocks are set on point and finish to 10 inches.
The first very similar to the 25 patch I did earlier except that it is on point and has 41 pieces!

It is pieced exactly the same way except for the triangles at the edges.  The original block had white with red polka fabric in the center and edges and I managed to find a similar fabric.  Notice how the light squares are different fabrics?  The original quilt was the same way.  I think it makes the finished block more fun.  In the original, all the fabrics were white with different spot patterns.  Most of the reproductions that I found used a cream or ecru background and I wish that I had found more whites.

I really had fun with the modern version.  I used some of the black dots that I found that weren't right for the traditional block and kept the same color placements.

The next block is very similar and looks like it would be easier to piece.  It wasn't.

It's called the Album block.  Imagine a whole quilt with…

Blocks 21 & 22 - More triangles

I'm continuing on with blocks for my sampler quilt with blocks with the Hens and Chicks unit (or similar units).  Both blocks are 10 inches.
This block is called Old Maid's Puzzle in EQ7.  When I search online I find this block and a simpler pattern with the same name.  Here's a web page with some fun color combinations and quilt ideas for this version of the block.
I like the way the block turned out, but once again, I had poor stripe planning and have the upper left and lower right corners marching in a different direction. Grrr. The block I am copying has 3 different plaids in it.  Finding plaids has been a challenge and this block has the only 3 plaids that I could find.  At least I found 3.

My brighter version of the block has no plaids and no stripes so there were no worries getting it pieced.

I couldn't find a name for this block but I'm sure I could if I looked long enough.  It is the same as the Square in a Square from early on with fancier corners.  So, …

Blocks 19 & 20

The blocks are getting more complicated.

The next block I'm calling Square in a Square in a Square in a Square.  I'm sure there's an official name for it.  It's a 10 inch block.

Block 4 of this quilt is a simple Square in a Square.  This is the same concept only more triangles.
This is the first of 2 blocks in the quilt that have writing so the center is muslin.  I edited out my inscription which is why it looks dirty.  There are actually 3 blocks that could be used for inscriptions. The other 2 will be coming along later.  Here's the block in the other colorway.

The next block uses a unit called Hen and Chicks. There are 2 of them in this block.  The chick is the small black triangle surrounded by red and the hen is the bigger triangle.

I remember seeing Eleanor Burns making this unit on a Saturday morning Quilt in a Day program and being amazed at how she simply made the unit.  For some reason that was filed away in my brain and was surprised when I actually foun…

Blocks 17 and 18 - Unknown Blocks

Up till now, all the blocks in the quilt I'm reproducing have been popular blocks that I had no trouble recognizing.  But not these next two.  I've looked through pages and pages of quilt blocks and haven't seen anything similar so I don't know what to call them.  No made up names are jumping to mind so I'm going to leave them unnamed.
These blocks are also different in that they appear to be pieced by a less experienced quilter than the others:  points are cut off and corners don't line up.  Perhaps they are early effort or perhaps they were done by someone younger.  They use the same pink and purple fabrics that appear elsewhere in the quilt so they were made from the same stash of fabric as the rest of the quilt.
They were placed in opposite corners of the quilt .  So, I've also used the same color scheme for both blocks.
The first block is above and below.  It finishes out at 10 inches and is really just a 4 patch but two of the patches are pieced.  Th…

Blocks 15 and 16: Stars!

What quilt sampler would be complete without some star block? These are 2 classic stars.  These stars can be found in samplers, alternated with a different block and used as the sole block in a quilt.
Both the blocks will be 9 inches square.

The first is my very favorite star:  Ohio Star.

Look!  I got all the stripes going in the same direction.  You may recognize the points of the star.  One of earlier blocks is a larger version.  This block is so popular that tutorials abound and here is a good one - it even has the cutting directions for the 9 inch block.

Usually when I make the 2nd block I use really bright, wild fabrics.  Here the fabric is wild but the block is low contrast and doesn't jump out at you.  I don't think it hurts to have a few blocks like that in a quilt.

The next block is easily my second favorite star:  Sawtooth Star.

This is another really popular star and the points are made with Flying Geese units.  Again, there are lots of tutorials and here is a good…

Blocks 13 and 14 - Log Cabin and Courthouse Steps

These 2 blocks are some of the most time consuming easy blocks that there are.  There's no shortcuts, each strip has to be sewn on individually.  Between cutting each strip to size, organizing so that the right strip got sewn on to the right side at the right time, sewing and pressing I could have made dozens of other blocks.  I'm not sure that I'd have the patience to make a whole quilt of blocks like these but I do love the way that they look.
The first block is Log Cabin and it finishes to 10 inches and there are 19 pieces of fabric in the block.  The center is cut 2 3/8 inches square and each log is 1 3/8 inches wide.  This is one of the reasons it took longer.  It is harder for me to cut to eights as it is quarters.  I have to concentrate and triple check before cutting.

I would alternate blocks.  First, sew a strip onto block A, then block B.  Then iron block A and sew on a strip.  Then iron block B and sew on a strip.  The weirdest thing happened.  Block A would be…

Blocks 11 and 12 - On the Diagonal

I discovered I'm not good at numbering.  The first 2 blocks I called 1 and 2.  Then I did 2 and 3.  Now that I've noticed my mistake, I've skipped 10 and gone on to 11 and 12.
These next two blocks are made on the diagonal which introduces triangles along the edge.  Both finish to be 10 inches.
The first block I couldn't find a good name for.  It was in EQ 7 as "A Snowflake" and "Wide Cross X" but I couldn't find pictures of  similar blocks with the same name.

So, I'm going with "Wide Cross X" because it is shaped like an X.  The 4 pink triangles come from one 7 1/4 inch square that is cut in fourths on the diagonal.  This leaves the straight of grain on the edges of the block.   The center square is 3 3/8.

For my modern version I switched the values making the triangles darker than the cross.  Wouldn't a quilt made of alternating light and dark versions of this block look striking?

For the next block I found a name and confir…

Blocks 8 and 9 - Rail Fence and 25 Patch

As I do more blocks in this sampler quilt, the difficulty increases.  Actually, the blocks aren't that difficult.  But, since there are more pieces and more seams, the 1/4 inch seam allowance becomes more important.  If you are not accurate, the blocks will be too small.

First is a 9 inch Rail Fence Block. The strips are cut 1 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches so that each square ends up at 3 1/2 inches.

For the bright version, I switched the light and dark values.  Wouldn't a quilt look great with just this block but alternating dark and light?

Next is a 25 patch block because, you guessed it, it has 25 squares in a 5 x 5 grid.  Luckily this block finishes out at 10 inches which makes cutting easier.  Each square is cut 2 1/2 inches.

Notice how all the light squares are not all the same fabric?  I really like that variation - I don't know if there is a name for that color variation.  All the 25 patch blocks I saw online either were of 2 fabrics or totally scrappy (25 different …

Blocks 6 and 7 - Made with Half quare Triangles

The next two blocks in my quilt are good practice for making half square triangles.
My favorite method of making these come from Eleanor Burns.  I have made her Pioneer Sampler quilt multiple times and have blogged about it  here.  I use the instructions in the book for both Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese but any Eleanor Burns book will have the instructions.
Another favorite more recent book is Teach Me to Sew Triangles by Pat Sloan which is a great reference for multiple types of triangle blocks.  It also has some cute quilts I'd like to try sometime.
On to the blocks!  Both finish out to be 10 inches square and are made with four HST's.  The HST's need to finish to 5 inches and I make 2 at a time with 6 inch squares of fabric.
The first block is Broken Dishes (above and below).

The traditional colored block is pink and purple.  This color scheme was used multiple times in the original quilt.  I found lots of pinks and not as many purples.  I have a few fabrics …

Block 4 and 5 - More Simple Blocks

This next block looks like a 9 Patch but it isn't.  Look closely, the center is one long rectangle (but it could be pieced as a 9 Patch).  I found this block called Red Cross - just image it in red and white.
I would have made this block 2 but the block is 10 inches square and 3 does not divide evenly into 10.  The squares were cut 3 7/8 inches which is not an easy number to deal with and I usually try to avoid.
As I'm progressing in the blocks I'm having more fun with the modern versions (after all, the traditional colors are a bit dull).

How's that for an explosion of color?  I love the different circles crashing up against each other.

Now, back to the traditional colors.  The next block is a variation of the traditional Shoo Fly block and it is a 9 inch block so no 7/8's to cut!

Both of these blocks (and many others) are made of brown and tan stripes.  I had the hardest time finding stripes in these colors resembling the stripes in the original quilt.  I basica…