Thursday, November 23, 2017

Kansas Dust Storm

This week's block is Kansas Dust Storm.

The pattern was published in the Kansas City Star in December 1935. It was noted that:
"This 29 patch block is not only a design for a unit in a lovely quilt, but gives an opportunity to record current events of Kansas in a useful form."

I wonder if the good people of Kansas appreciated the "useful form" to record events. April 14th, 1935 was called Black Sunday.  After four years of drought the dust storms were incredible.

Lillie's block is in a quilt made in Oklahoma in 1938. This friendship quilt exhibits a wide variety of sewing expertise; Lillie's block is one of the better made ones. I have reproduced about a third of the blocks so far.

I printed the block outline from EQ7 onto a washaway applique sheet. Then I cut out the pieces, ironed them to the back of the fabric, cut out with a seam allowance.  When the seam allowance was folded over I could then hand sew like English paper piecing.  Some of the washaway fell off before I was done, so I have pulled the backing pieces off (no need to wash).

Friday, November 10, 2017

Heart of Washington - Yours to Download

The blog mystery is no longer mysterious.

It's a proper pattern now, and you can download it NOW ...  if you like.

If you are in the USA, may I recommend the Etsy site.  The pattern is in US dollars and there are no extra charges.

If you are in Australia or the rest of the world, may I suggest a download from my site Two Bits Patches. Price is in Australian dollars, and there are a few free patterns as well.

(If you buy at Etsy and you don't live in the USA a VAT/GST tax is added to your purchase. You can buy from Etsy of course but check the final price before you pay.)

I do hope you consider adding the pattern to your collection. And if you don't need another pattern please considering sharing the links through your own social media.  Sharing makes the cyber world go round.