As the Quilting Category Manager here at Craftsy, it’s safe to say I think about quilts all the time. I particularly love the idea of taking classic blocks from our shared quilting past, and re-invigorating them, by playing with scale and piecing with modern fabrics. In this brand new monthly series, I’ll share twelve of my favorite blocks with you.
The great news it that you’ll even be able to download the corresponding block pattern for free. Included in the pattern are also digitized schematics I put together so that you can create larger quilts from these blocks.
I hope you’ll follow along with me each month as we spend 2013 embracing the past…and adding our New Traditional twist by piecing classic blocks using modern fabrics!
The earliest versions of this block appear already in 1937 from Nancy Cabot. Though she even references earlier patterns of this block appearing prior to her 1937 documentation. Nancy describes the block in the Chicago Tribune:
“Perhaps one of the first quilt patterns ever pieced is the block illustrated today, ‘Broken Dishes.’ The first records of quilt making after the demise of the crazy quilt are found in this simple pieced pattern.”
Even in Nancy’s rendering, this appears as a five-grid block. I discovered a picture of a finished quilt that used a six-grid block in the book, Arkansas Quilts published by AQS in 1987 (complete with a forward by then Arkansas Governor, Bill Clinton!).
Modern Fabrics: I like this treatment of the block and have provided cutting and piecing directions using Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi range with Buoyancy in Coral and in Deep. The grey is Robert Kaufman’s Quilters Linen.
You can get the free pattern to make this block here (and don’t be shy, upload your block to our Projects area). And be sure to join me on the third Thursday of next month for our next block. See you on February 21st!