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Seattle Washington, USA

I'm a mom of two wonderful boys, crafter and fashion designer by trade.
I love sewing and have been doing it since I was a little girl. My newest passion is quilting and I love to design paper ...

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Vintage Block QAL #3 - Beggar Block

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Vintage Block QAL #3 - Beggar Block
Vintage Block QAL #3 - Beggar Block

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic sewing skills

Pattern Description:

I'm very excited to share the pattern and tutorial for the third block in the quilt along - Beggar Block. You may have also seen this block referred to as Spool Block or Butterfly Spool Block.

It is from the Kansas City Star Newspaper circa 1929.
Here is an excerpt from the original newspaper clipping:
"This interesting block harkens back to the neighborly custom of begging one's friends for scraps of their frocks, or old neckties, to put into a quilt."
Reading that makes me think how different our lives are compared to the quilters of 1929. Times were tough and not everyone could go to their local fabric store or purchase their fabric online! I have a quilt my grandmother made and my mother loves to show me which fabrics were her dresses!!! I love to think of my great grandmothers resourcefulness using pieces of my mother's dresses for her quilts.

You can find the tutorial complete with paper piecing instructions at:

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 12" finished / 12 1/2" unfinished


  • quilting cottons

You Will Also Need:

  • rotary cutting supples, lt wt copy paper or vellum

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