This monkey wrench quilt block (also known as “Snail’s Trail”) isn’t hard to make, as it contains only four pieces in each block; but, each “monkey wrench” block must be turned at a certain angle, one way in a row with light squares and then turned further around in the next row with darker squares. […]
The fruit basket makes a sweet little pillow, but it also works in a quilt, especially if linked with plain squares. Material estimate: It will take 8.5 yeards of material, 6 of white and 2.5 of color for a full-size quilt. However, you can use scraps to make the basket. You can see how this […]
Ruby McKim describes this quilt block pattern as the “Bear Paw,” although some call it “Duck’s Foot in the Mud,” and Pennsylvanians called it “Hand of Friendship.” The Bear Paw is “unquestionably” from frontier origin, where a creative woman might have copied a graphic version of a bear’s paw onto linsey-woolsey or hickory dyed jean, […]
In an effort to discover more about the quilt blocks that I designed a few years ago, I went “library-hunting” today. I found one book, One hundred and one patchwork patterns: Quilt name stories, cutting designs, material suggestions, yardage estimates, definite instructions for every step of quilt making, by Ruby McKim, written in 1931. In […]
The Moon Over Mountain pattern is one that involves the use of a familiar object as a predominant design. In this case, it’s the moon rising over a mountain! These blocks can be broken by blocks of solid color. You can see this pattern in a full-size quilt, and that page contains a link that […]
The Hemstitch 7-block quilt pattern involves the use of seven strips laid either horizontally or vertically to develop a predominant design within the quilt block. You can see this pattern in the full size quilt, and a link on that page will send you back to this posting.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be able to bring back the original quilt gallery that accompanied this site a few years back. Some of the quilt blocks that I designed look rather outdated now, although they are based on traditional and classic patterns. The colors are just goofy. So, I’ll work on the images […]