Monday, November 15, 2021

How To ID a Pieced Block in my Encyclopedia

Indiana Quilt Project & the Quilt Index

Looking for a pattern name?

Iowa, Fanny James

New York

A popular block in the 1890-1925 period.
What's the name?
You can find published names in my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.

Janice at Electric Quilt has done a 4-1/2 minute video on using the Encyclopedia to find an unknown block.

Do watch it here:

She also shows you how to find cutting instructions to print it any size in the accompanying computer program BlockBase+.

We call it Fifty-Four Forty or Fight because Ruth Finley in her influential 1929 book called it that.

See a blog post on the book and the video:


Holiday Dreams

And note that EQ is having a nearly month-long November sale. You get 25% off through midnight eastern time on November 30, 2021. Enter the code 25DAYS at checkout.

And here's a quote from Tula Pink:
“No matter how much we evolve as quilters our foundation will always remain rooted in the traditional building blocks of patchwork. Barbara Brackman’s updated Encyclopedia is an essential primer for anyone who is passionate about quilts, whether you are a collector, a maker, a designer, or a historian.”

Thanks to Tula and to Janice!


See more on the pattern #1627 here:


  1. I have Barbara's books of pieced and applique blocks; consider both to be essential.

  2. very helpful books! I made a quilt with those blocks... 54-40 or fight, cause I lived in WA State and felt it portrayed my home well.