May 26, 2015

It's for the Birds

Doves in the Window image © W. Russell,
Doves in the Window quilt block
Lame, I know, but I couldn't resist since this featured quilt block is called Doves in the Window. This seven patch block (so named because it is built on a 7 x 7 grid) is not difficult because it contains only the most basic of patches -- the rectangle, square and half square triangles. And ... although the block is constructed on a 7 x 7 grid, it does not contain 49 pieces. Whew!

Doves in the Window
Like many quilt blocks, you will notice similarities to other blocks -- in this case to Bear's Paw. The only difference I can see between the two blocks is what direction the half square triangles are pointing.Take a look and compare for yourself.

The next step is deciding on what kind of layout to use for your own quilt.

Download  the free quilt block patterns:

Ancient Chinese Proverb

  • "A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song."

'Doves in the Window' images © W. Russell,

May 20, 2015

County Fair

County Fair quilt block image © W. Russell,
County Fair quilt block
County Fair is a block I had never seen before and it would be a choice if you want a bit of a challenge. Blocks within a block is how you might describe County Fair as there are four distinct star blocks within the larger block. All in all that means lots of pieces.

The good news is that your quilt can go together faster since you make larger blocks and therefore, need fewer in the end.

County Fair quilt image © W. Russell,
County Fair quilt
By switching up the colours for the background you can make a really striking quilt. Or why not try using a unique layout for the blocks to achieve another interesting look for your special project.

Download the free quilt block pattern.

Fun at the Fair

  • "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
    ~ John Lennon

May 12, 2015

Make that a double ...

'Double Links' quilt block image © W. Russell,
Double Links quilt block
As in a Double Links quilt block...

This block might be considered challenging by some, but only because it contains so many individual pieces. However, the patches are all common ones -- half square triangles and quarter square triangles. By sewing a precise quarter inch seam allowance, you will find that this is not a difficult quilt block to make -- it might just take a while due to the number of pieces. In the end though, you will be pleased with the result.

Double Links quilt
I had great fun playing around with the quilt settings and this is one of the quilts I came up with. Not only do you have a really interesting quilt block to feature, but you also have ample free space to feature your quilting skills.

Download the free quilt block pattern.

P.S. to Maria -- does this block look familiar?

One Smart Guy

'Double Links' images © W. Russell,

May 07, 2015

Pretty in Pink

"Princess Charlotte" quilt image © W. Russell,
Princess Charlotte sample quilt
Well the day after my last post, wouldn't you know it but I came upon a quilt block called Princess Charlotte. I don't recall ever seeing it before (at least with this name) but it may have been around for a while, or perhaps it was created to welcome the newest member of Britain's royal family.

"Princess Charlotte" quilt block © W. Russell,
Princess Charlotte quilt block
Whatever the case, I think it is a wonderful choice and it has lots of possibilities when you put it into your quilt. An added bonus is that it is an easy quilt block to make. What could be better?

Download the free quilt block pattern.

The sweetness of babies

  • "Having a baby is one of the most wonderful things in your life, as well as the hardest thing in your life."
    ~ Nuno Bettencourt

  • Whenever I want to laugh, I read a wonderful book, Children's Letters to God. You can open it anywhere. One I read recently said, "Dear God, thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy."
    ~ Maya Angelou

Images © W. Russell,

May 05, 2015

The bookies got it right ...

It's all in the name. The royals have chosen a name for the newest arrival and it is as predicted ... Princess Charlotte.
Kate and Princess Charlotte image courtesy Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters/Landov
Kate and Princess Charlotte

So, the closest I could get to that was to feature a quilt block called Queen Charlotte's Crown. It's all royalty after all, and perhaps she will actually be a queen someday.

This quilt block is also appropriate for today, which is Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month. What is the connection you ask? Well this block is a five patch in construction, meaning it is created on a 5 x 5 grid.

Queen Charlotte's Crown quilt block
This block is not seen all that often, and in fact it was new to me when I created the pattern. I find it is always fun to try something new, so perhaps you will enjoy it as well.

Download the free quilt block pattern.

Today's Bit of Celebration

  • "Royalty is completely different than celebrity. Royalty has a magic all its own."
    ~ Philip Treacy

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

'Queen Charlotte's Crown' image © W. Russell,
'Kate and Princess Charlotte' image courtesy Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters/Landov