QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT


Friday, February 26, 2021

New BlockBase+

 

Over at the CivilWarQuilts blog we are doing a block of the month
called Hands All Around: Alcotts at War
Here's the pattern for Block #2

Each block is a sawtooth star of some kind. The block above is from a North Carolina quilt in Kathy Sullivan's collection. Could we fit it into the  theme of the Alcott family?

I have a beta copy of the new BlockBase+ so I looked to see what I could find.

Screen shot of the page it should be on: "Like Sawtooth Star."
And there it is, third from left, second row from bottom in red and white.

BlockBase #2162

I exported a picture of the block.
Could I link it to New Englanders during the Civil War in some
fashion?

The new interface is great because when you highlight a particular block it shows
you the published name. There used to be some clicking around to see the name(s) but
now they are quite visible below the block. You get a ton of information there.

But here's the name: "Unnamed" from Quilt World magazine, probably about 1980.
Well, that's not very romantic. The block is way older than that. Probably just passed
around hand to hand.

North Carolina quilt from Kathy Sullivan's collection

So I am not going to use it in the 12-block BOM .
Although it is a good-looking sawtooth star.

BlockBase+ gives you what used to be called a Quick Quilt,
now Quilt Layout, showing a basic setting
just like the North Carolina quilt.

I have only one other vintage version in the picture files, this one
set with sashing from the 1940-1960 years, perhaps.

The Hands All Around BOM has only 12 blocks so you might want to add other sawtooth stars to make a larger quilt. This one would be a good choice. I printed the rotary cutting instructions for a 12" version below.

12" Rotary Cutting Instructions

BlockBase+ will be available soon.

See what Christine has to say about the new User Friendly Interface at the EQ blog here:

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