Once Upon A Time Quilt
Quilting has a long tradition in the United States. Quilts in the earliest forms were used (as they are today) to provide warmth. However the social aspect of quilt making has changed a lot from the early colonial days. Long gone are the community quilting bees, no longer are young ladies expected to have a certain number of quilts made to establish her home. Today quilts provide some of the same functions as in the past. They are made as they were in the past to commemorate a marriage, to welcome a new baby into the world, to welcome a war hero home, or even to simply decorate your home. Let me introduce you to a few of my favorite quilt blocks.
There are many traditional block designs that have been around for a long time. One of those designs is the Log Cabin block. Log cabin quilts are pieced quilts featuring blocks that are made from strips of fabric that encircle a small centered square. Red is traditionally the center square which symbolizes the hearth of the home. Light strips form half of the square and dark strips for the other. Depending on layout you can achieve many different looks for the quilt.
This was one of the first quilts that I made. I revamped my quilt into potholders.
Nine patch blocks are typically the easiest and the first ones that a new quilter undertakes. The block consists of three rows of three squares. A checkerboard effect with alternating blocks is commonly used.
One of my favorite quilt blocks that is on my “to do” list is the Bear Paw. This block is said to relate directly to nature and the new life that Pioneers experienced (like the Log Cabin Block). The bear paws quilt that I want to do is actually a wall hanging that features applique. It is from the book Traditional Mini Quilts.
One pattern that I admire but I doubt I will ever attempt is called Grandmothers Flower Garden. There are often hundreds of small hexagons that go into making a finished quilt. These quilts represent a great deal of labor. The method for completing a quilt like this is using the English Paper Piercing. It is a method done by hand.
The Storm at Sea quilt pattern is a fun quilt to make that is full of movement. Your eyes “see” curves due to the position of the blocks, but there is not a curved seam anywhere in the quilt.
The last block that I want to talk about is the Sawtooth Square aka the Ohio Saw Tooth Square. This block features a square in the middle and triangles formed around it. One great quilt I made was the Wild Stars pattern featured in the book Great American Quilts book 9.
This quilt features the sawtooth square divided up by a black and white checkerboard design. I used bright batik fabrics for the stars and the inside colored checkerboards.
I hope you have enjoyed a taste of my favorite quilt blocks. Some of these items will be for sale so be sure to check out the Twisty Stitches Online Store.
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