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Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial
Today let's sew together a Ribbon Star quilt block. There are a couple of other blocks that go by the same name but this is the one that first appeared in the Ladies Art Company publication. Traditionally, this block is done with only one color and the background but I had to put my own spin on it.

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Free Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Free Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial
I can't believe I missed doing the Dutchman's Puzzle quilt block tutorial until now! It is a very old, very traditional pattern and, of course, goes by several other names. It appeared in the Ohio Farmer in 1894 as the "Wheel" and again in 1898 as the "Dutchman's Wheel". The Ladies Art Company called it "Dutchman's Puzzle" and that is what I believe is the most commonly used name for this block. This block is great for practicing Flying Geese blocks. Let's get started!

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Next Door Neighbor Quilt Block Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Next Door Neighbor Quilt Block Tutorial
Today we're going to sew together a Next Door Neighbor quilt block. This is a fairly easy block but it isn't the one you see if you do a Google search for it. Just goes to show that lots of different blocks have the same name! Let's get started!

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Free Pattern - Ohio Star Quilt Block

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Free Pattern - Ohio Star Quilt Block
Today we’re going to sew together an Ohio Star block – maybe you’ve heard of it by a different name like Sawtooth Star, Lone Star – it goes by quite a few names! Usually the star points and center block are the darker colored fabrics but in my example I’ve made the background fabric the dark color and the star points the light.

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Hourglass Variation Quilt Block Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Hourglass Variation Quilt Block Tutorial
Today let's look at this variation of the Hourglass quilt block. This is an easy block to make with only two basic units to sew together. At first I couldn't see how this could be considered an Hourglass block until I had finished it. Consequently, I made the block how I saw it (a Square in a Square block surrounded by Half Square Triangles). Just goes to show that there are different ways to construct the same block! 

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