October 31, 2014

Ghosts and Goblins and Jack-o-Lanterns ... oh my!

Windmill quilt block © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Windmill quilt block
It's Halloween today and so I used shades of orange for today's featured quilt block, called Windmill. This quilt block uses the two most commonly featured patches in quiltmaking -- the square and the half square triangle. It's an easy block to construct so it is a good choice for all you beginner quilters.

Download the free quilt block pattern to make your own version, with instructions for three different block sizes.

Quotes about Halloween or other scary things

    Image courtesy of franky242 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  • "I'll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween."
    ~ Author Unknown

  • "If a man harbors any sort of fear, it makes him landlord to a ghost."
    ~ Lloyd Douglas

  • "Everyone is a moon and has a dark side, which he never shows to anybody."
    ~ Mark Twain
And for all you teachers out there, you have my sympathy today as you struggle with all the sugar highs going on ...
  • " 'I'm so happy that Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year!' said no teacher ever."
    ~ Author Unknown
And finally, speaking of scary things ... is this idea still out there?
  • "Ghosts, like ladies, never speak till spoke to."
    ~ Richard Harris Barham

'Windmill' quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Jack-o-lantern image courtesy of franky242 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

October 25, 2014

Wheel Frame Quilt Block

Hi everyone,
I'm going to have to take a step back and focus on the quilt blocks for a while and include the quotes when I can. Believe it or not, it takes me more time to find appropriate quotes to go with the theme of the quilt block than it takes me to create the block pattern and upload it. And extra time is not something I have a lot of these days. I'm sure you can relate, as life just seems to take over sometimes, for all of us.

Wheel Frame quilt block © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Wheel Frame
So, here and there I will throw in quotes that strike my fancy, but in the meantime I will bring your attention to more quilt blocks as I create them.

Now, having said all that, I used colours for the quilt block Wheel Frame to appeal to the gentlemen in your lives. Or maybe I just reverted to colours I like myself -- red being my favourite.

The Wheel Frame block uses both the half square triangle
and the quarter square triangle patch, but the end result, when using both of those units together, is to create a patch which is often called a three-quarter square. That name is a little misleading, but the resultant unit is a square made up of three triangles.The rest of the block is "easy peasy" as it uses only squares and rectangles.

Download the free quilt block pattern for this block, (instructions for three different block sizes are given) and create your own work of art.

'Wheel Frame' quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com

October 02, 2014

'Mexican Star' ... and ... a Mexican Star

Mexican Star quilt block - image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Mexican Star
Today's featured quilt block is called Mexican Star. I just liked the way it all went together and the resultant quilts you can make using just this one block. The making of this quilt block can be a wonderful learning experience if you are new to quilting, as it introduces you to several different quilt patches during the construction.

Download the free quilt block pattern.

And ... speaking of a "Mexican Star" ... how about some poignant words from another Mexican star?
image courtesy clker.com
Eva Longoria

  • "I’ve always said I want a farmer, not a hunter. Hunters go for the kill and they move on. A farmer nurtures; he watches things grow."
    ~ Eva Longoria

Quotes from Other Celebrities

  • "If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."
    ~ John Lennon

  • "Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can come together."
    ~ Marilyn Monroe

  • "Life is hard. It's harder if you're stupid."
    John Wayne

  • "I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex."
    ~ Katharine Hepburn

  • "We owe a lot to Thomas Edison - if it wasn't for him, we'd be watching television by candlelight."
    ~ Milton Berle

  • "I am a thing of beauty."
    ~ Frank Sinatra

  • " 'I am' is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that 'I do' is the longest sentence?"
    ~ George Carlin

'Mexican Star' quilt block © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Eva Longoria image courtesy clker.com