Sew Sweet Simplicity – Block #3

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I just completed BOM #3 in Jacquelynne Steves’ Sew Sweet Simplicity series.

I’m using vintage bluebird patterns to embroider the center block for these 12-inch finished blocks.  I’m using coordinating scraps for the block itself but each one will be a little bit different.

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The blocks will be turned into some kind of project for the kitchen.  The block is not difficult to piece, yet gives some very pretty results.

Click here for lots of free vintage embroidery patterns.

Victory Quilts–Mr. Roosevelt’s Necktie

For Mother’s Day, I received Eleanor Burns’ new Quilt-in-a-Day book, Victory Quilts – 1940s Sampler Quilts.  This is a great book with World War II memories and pictures, 1940s era blocks, and Eleanor’s very complete instructions.  I’m making all of the 20 blocks in the book with the thought of eventually putting them together as a sampler quilt for a queen sized bed.  Because the quilt will be subjected to small children and a dog, I’m making the background black, something unusual for me.  I’ll be posting each of the blocks as I finish them.

The first block, Mr. Roosevelt’s Necktie, is rated as an “easy skill level” block.  There are directions for a 12″ and a 6″ block.  The book suggests getting Quilt-in-a-Day 6-1/2″ Triangle and 9-1/2″ Square Up Rulers.   I don’t have the rulers and didn’t have any trouble with the block, but for beginners, I would advise investing in the rulers and making the job even easier. 

See other quilt blocks from this book as I finish them in my Quilt Blocks category.


When we visited Amish Country in Holmes County, Ohio, last fall, I noticed so many quilts and wall hangings with a spinning star design.  I had never seen this particular block before and was happy to find a pattern for it in one of the many quilt shops in the area.  They call the pattern #124 STAR SPIN QUILT OR WALLHANGING.  I finally had a chance to try out the block in a smaller size which I made into a pillow. This is by Oregon Treasures, 4790 North Road G, Vale OR 97918.  (I received word on 5/13/08 that their phone has been disconnected, so this address might not be valid.)   UPDATE:  I received an e-mail on 7/17/08 (thanks, Jeanne) that a free paper-pieced pattern is available on the Quilter’s Cache website under the name, “Spinning Color Wheels”.

UPDATE:  On 2/5/09 received word from Dan that this is the correct phone number:  541-473-3754.

I like to make backings out of my huge pile of scraps.

It’s an interesting block to make and not that difficult although it’s easy to get the various colors mixed up.  The quilts on display in Amish Country used a very large version of the block in the center of the quilt and then smaller blocks (such as I used on the pillow) to accentuate the center.  I may try a large quilt some day but for now, I’m glad to have another interesting block to add to my files.