February 09, 2016

Jawhawks or Jayhawks?

Jayhawk image courtesy printablecolouringpages.co.uk
Kansas University Jayhawk
I found this quilt block called Jawhawks -- a simple one to construct -- but the name was one I had never heard before. In fact, I can't seem to even find a definition of the word "Jawhawk". All searches point to "Jayhawk". So, if anyone has any information to further this conundrum, please let me know.

My personal opinion is that Jawhawk became Jayhawk because it was easier to say. Maybe those quilters in Kansas can enlighten me. YourDictionary says that the origin of the word jayhawk is "the name of a fictional bird, half bluejay and half sparrowhawk, mascot of the University of Kansas." And here is his picture. He's kinda cute!

Jawhawks quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Jawhawks quilt block
Now back to the quilt block. This simple nine patch is a good starting place for a beginner quilter. The corners are made using half square triangles, the second most commonly used patch in quilt making, and there are also a few flying geese units to add a little pizzazz. Now, since this is not a common block (at least under this name), you are in the driver's seat to create a unique quilt to impress your friends!

Download the free quilt block pattern.

It's for the birds

  • "I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright."
    ~ Stephen King

  • "Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses."
    ~ Dale Carnegie

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

    but let's not forget about Kansas

  • "When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas."
    ~ John Updike

'Jawhawks' quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
'Jayhawk' image courtesy printablecolouringpages.co.uk

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