26 May 2014

Starry, Starry Night

Twilight Star Quilts
The Twilight Star quilt block is based on the Ohio Star block with more patches added in the corners. There is nothing difficult in the making of this quilt block other than it has more pieces, therefore, more seams and so you must pay close attention to sewing an accurate seam allowance.

This quilt block is wonderful when you choose to make it a scrappy version. Just make sure to have lots of contrast in your chosen pieces. Download the free quilt block pattern.

Quotes About Stars

The Starry Night painted 1889, by Vincent van Gogh
  • "For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."
    ~ Vincent van Gogh

  • "Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering."
    ~ St. Augustine

  • "If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and stare."
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."
    ~ Helen Keller

Twilight Star quilt image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
'The Starry Night' image courtesy Van Gogh Gallery

19 May 2014

Variation on the Nine Patch Square Quilt Block

Nine Patch Square - Variation quilt block
Nine Patch Square - Variation
I was looking through some of my published quilt block patterns and liked the look of the Nine Patch Square - Variation. So, today that is the featured block.

At first glance, this looks like it would make an uninspiring quilt, but with a bit of imagination, you can create a stunning heirloom for future generations. Click the link above or download the free quilt block pattern here.

A Potpourri of Quotes for Today


  • Julia Child in action
    "The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook."
    ~ Julia Child

  • "Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody."
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
    ~ Steve Jobs

  • "I value the friend who, for me, finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar."
    ~ Robert Brault

Nine Patch Square Variation image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Julia Child image public domain

9 May 2014

A Shout-Out to all the great Moms out there - Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Choice quilt block
Mother's Choice
It's Mother's Day on Sunday so I thought it only appropriate to celebrate all those Moms out there with the quilt block called Mother's Choice. This quilt block is a little more challenging than some, but only for the reason that there are many pieces in the block. If you are precise in sewing your quarter inch seam allowance, your block will turn out fine.

This block contains only common patches -- the half square triangle, the flying geese patches  and some squares.

Now of course there will be quotes for all you Moms out there, just so you know how important you are in the lives of your family.

Quotes about Mothers

My Mom
Happy Mother's Day to my Mom
  • "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."
    ~ Oscar Wilde

  • "I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her"
    ~ Ellen DeGeneres

  • "God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."
    ~ Rudyard Kipling

  • "Mothers are the necessity of invention."
    ~ Bill Watterson

4 May 2014

It's All About the 5

Crazy House quilt block
Crazy House
Monday, the 5th of May, is known as Cinco de Mayo -- a day observed in the United States and Mexico to celebrate the pride and heritage of the Mexican people.

So on that note, today's post is about celebrations and the number five -- more specifically, quilt blocks that are deemed to be five patch blocks.

Today's featured block is called Crazy House and I chose that for the simple reason that I imagine  there will be a lot of craziness going on during the 24 hours of Cinco de Mayo. Click the link above or download the free quilt pattern here.

Quotes about celebrating

  • "Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!"
    ~ Amanda Bradley

  • "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
    ~ Oprah Winfrey

  • "Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey."
    ~ Barbara Hoffman

  • and finally a quote about Cinco de Mayo

  • "Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America."
    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

    ~ Joe Baca

Crazy House image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Cinco de Mayo Image courtesy of KEKO64 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net