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Houston

Houston

The Houston block is an original design combining the classic and all-time favourite Lone Star with the equally popular Log Cabin patterns. As with all the other previous BOM blocks, we used reproduction fabrics in rather demure colours, but the block would certainly look stunning in more riotous colour combinations... (5 September 2011)

Download for the Easy Denim Cushion

The Easy Denim Cushion

Yippee! The first Quilt around the World pattern is also available as PDF download... (04 September 2011)

Card Trick

Card Trick

... The Card Trick block is easy to make if you cut and sew with care and accuracy. Moreover, you can choose whether you want to have two or four different “cards” in your block. Our instructions here are written for two different cards as this won’t leave any leftovers... (19 July 2011)

Crossed Stems

Crossed Stems

This classic appliqué block which we have named “Crossed Stems” is the second appliqué block in the “American Impressions” BOM series. Like its predecessor, the Pomegranate block, this block owes its inclusion to an important historical landmark in Virginia: George Washington Birthplace... (28 June 2011)

Martha Washington Star

Martha Washington Star

When you are travelling through the United States and especially through Virginia, one name is always prominent in street names, on monuments, on stamps and on one dollar bills: George Washington. The first president of the United States was indeed a great man who not only helped shape the first democracy in North America, but also had great impact on further political developments in the rest of the world... (30 May 2011)

Virginia Reel

Virginia Reel

This month’s block, the Virginia Reel, was chosen for several reasons. First of all, it served as “logo” for QuiltTimeTravel 2010, the quilt trip Jutta organized together with her friend Carola for a group of German and Swiss quilters. Secondly, it is a very versatile block which offers many options for different colour placements which then create stunningly different overall quilt patterns.

You are probably familiar with the block as such, but might rather know it under the name of “Snail Trail” or “Square on Square”... (15 April 2011)

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

The Pomegranate block was inspired by a picture taken on the premises of Colonial Williamsburg on a particular lovely afternoon in September 2006. Colonial Williamsburg probably always puts you under a spell, no matter when you visit or how good or bad the weather is. The quaint old houses steeped in history and the museum staff dressed as their ancestors in the 18th century transport you back into the past in a very charming manner. Despite being attired in a most unacceptable manner for that time yourself, you suddenly feel as if you were part of the genteel society of pre-revolutionary America... (16 March 2011)

Pine Burr

Pine Burr

The Pine Burr block made it into the selection for the American Impressions BOM for two reasons:

First of all, it is a very, very beautiful block which has been around for quite some time. The famous Kansas City Star newspaper published it for the first time in August 1939, stating that the contributing lady copied it from a quilt her mother had made forty-five years earlier. In spite of this, you don’t see many quilts with this pattern. The Virginia Quilt Museum possesses a beautiful Pine Burr quilt and if you are in the Shenandoah Valley region, do stop by and see whether it has been allowed to come out of storage again. ;-)

Secondly, the American Impressions BOM was conceived to cover many different techniques. The many small triangles and the lack of 90° angles make Foundation Piecing an obvious choice, technique wise. The Foundation Piecing sections are complemented by two shapes cut with the help of templates. There you are: two techniques in one block and two techniques that haven’t had much attention so far at Quilt around the World... ;-)... (14 February 2011)

Bonus: Windblown Square

Windmill

Playing around with blocks for the BOM and with pictures from the QuiltZeitReise 2010 at the same time made us think of ways to combine both. As is often the case we didn’t find exactly what we were looking for but our archive produced this photo of a windmill from a previous US visit... (7 February 2011)

Windblown Square

Windblown Square

The first block in the American Impressions Block of the Month series is called Windblown Square. The block was first mentioned in 1931, but we think it has been around for longer than that. Our version consists of half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles and a square. You can also make this block entirely out of half-square triangles which results in a lot more seams... (11 January 2011)

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