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Classic Blocks, Modern Fabrics February

Craftsy Classic Blocks, Modern Fabrics
Susanne WoodsI hope that you enjoyed making Broken Dishes along with me last month. This month, I am inspired by the super hot trend in interiors and in fashion for all things tribal. I am particularly interested in the wonderful Pendleton Blankets that I have been seeing lately which led me to create the third setting in the free downloadable pattern for February.

In case you missed it in January, in this monthly series, I’ll share twelve of my favorite blocks with you. Last month I played with scale by enlarging a block to 23 1/2'' finished (learn more here).  The February block is a 16'' finished block. You will find inspiration for three different setting styles in the pattern. I am also making a second block (possibly even three), backing them with fusible web and using them as the front of some decorative pillow covers.

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!


Ah' Teen BlockClassic Block: Ah' Teen

The earliest versions of this block appear already in 1938 from a collection of Carrie Hall Blocks. The original block can be found here and was gifted to the Spencer Museum of Art which is part of the University of Kansas. You can clearly see the Native American reference, but the original block at the museum was made with two shades of brown.  I couldn't find any other references to the block anywhere and haven't seen patterns that use this block. I secretly want to start an entire pattern line of these Native American/Pendleton inspired designs!

Modern Fabrics: I fell in love with the fabrics of the talented Alison Glass who designs for Andover Fabrics. Specifically, her Bike Path pattern comes in some ridiculously on-trend colorways. Her whole line, Lucky Penny, is in stores now and I highly recommend that you try to find some at your local quilt shop. The earthy colors reminded me of the yarns made from natural dyes so they were the perfect choice for this pattern. I used a textured cream fabric for the background.

You can find the free pattern to make this block here (and don't be shy, upload your block to our Quilt Projects area).

Update: This series is no longer being continued, but thanks everyone, for participating in these fun two months! If you'd like to continue making blocks each month, you might enjoy the free Craftsy Block of the Month 2013 class.


Kathy McD

I love these older styled blocks and particularly the less known ones. If you get the Pendleton block book done-PLEASE put me on the list to get one!



This block is 16″ and the former one is 24 inches. Do they are somehow fit into a quilt or are they stand alone?


this would be a lot of work to make multiples of, but it looks so good tiled!


Hi Susanne,
I have enjoyed making the Jan and Feb blocks. Will there be a block for March?



I thought this was monthly…the third Thursday of the month. Where is the block for March? Is this not going to continue as a series?


I guess I will quit looking for the next block. It is very sad it isn’t continuing.



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