Free patterns, Piecing

Try this block

We’ve both been doing our fair share of chopping up fabric and stitching it back together again over the past couple of weeks.  So much so that during the course of one of our high level conferences at C&B HQ

another conference

we decided we would try a Not Block of the Month which would give us yet another reason to chop up even more fabric and stitch it back together.  Fuelled by further caffeine here’s our first offering, the State House block.  It really isn’t meant to be a Block of the Month, more of a Try This Block you might like it.  There is no further agenda, just the free downloadable instructions here.  Our other starting point was Barbara’s collection of vintage black and white blocks -here’s the original for your reference –

vintage black & white

Barbara picked up some Moda fabrics that had been lying around hopefully on her cutting table since before Christmas and in a very short time had put the block together –

making half square triangles

arranging units

putting small units together

units - correct arrangement

but it’s always fun to investigate the possibilities before committing to the “proper” arrangement …


or this?

final block

– although looking at this last pic she wishes she’d slowed down a bit and made a better job of that 4patch unit!  Oops!!  (Probably had the music turned up too loud again – Chris)

So, it isn’t a competition or a sewalong and there’s no pressure, deadlines or any of that guilt-inducing stuff, just a simple versatile block – if you decide to make your own version do share it with us.

5 thoughts on “Try this block”

  1. Thank you very much for sharing this block and the pattern. It is not one I have come across before but one I will certainly try. I am very fond of Jacobs Ladder because of its strong diagonal design. I can see this one giving similar possibilities as JL. Goes on my list of “must try out”

  2. I apologise if this is a second comment to this post but it looks like #1 ended in a black hole. I just wanted to say Thank You for sharing this block – not one I have across before but one I will certainly try out. I like Jacob’s Ladder very much because of the diagonal design it creates and this one looks like it will give even more opportunities for play. It goes on my list of “must try out”. Thank you too for making a downloadable .pdf file for your readers.

  3. This is definately one to try – thank you for being so generous! Having just had a new hip, I may take a while to produce the finished article but I am going to dig into my stash and start cutting asap!

  4. I agree with Maggi, it takes a certain twist of the creative mind to come up with a title like that 🙂

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