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And the Winner is . . . . .

This week, I chose a block called Kitchen Woodbox for our Throwback. I found this pattern in Maggie Malone's book "120 Patterns for Traditional Patchwork Quilts", which I (apparently) gave to my mother for Christmas in 1990.  She'd marked this particular pattern with a big silver star, probably because her married name, and my maiden name was Kitchen.  It looks like a simple enough pattern, if you don't look too closely to the set in seams, but maybe I'll give it a try, just because. 

As a traditional quilt, it might look like this:

A Throwback to Spring


And so its Spring in the Annapolis Valley . . . . I took this the other morning from the former railway bridge, now part of the Trans Canada Trail.


And the Apple Blossoms are out in full bloom too -

For Throwback Thursday this week, we have a butterfly!  (You thought I forgot again, didn't you!)  

You could go very traditional with this one:

Or rather Modern:

Or give it some some other blocks to play with:

Whatever you do, I'd definitely advise auditioning colors choices; it make a huge difference.

Patience . . . . please!

Given that I'm in serious need of some patience, this Thursdays throwback pattern is "The Patience Quilt".  According to Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedial of Pieced Quilt Patterns, it was published in The Rural New Yorker, in 1933.   I'm guessing you can definitely see the need for some patience!  Great scrap-buster, though!  Here's the quilt (which, for the record, I won't be making!).

Northumberland Star

For this week's Throwback Thursday, I chose the Northumberland Star block.  I didn't have much luck finding its history, but it seems to date back to the 1930's.  

Here is is in a more modern colorway:

A word of caution though, if you decide to try this pattern.  Chose your colors carefully, because the stars tend to disappear if they aren't bright enough to be seen against the background, and you're left with this:

Yup, they are the exact same quilt top, with different color choices.  

The Contrary wife

This week for Throwback Thursday, I chose the Contrary Wife quilt block, maybe because the rain continues to fall, and the sun continues to not shine, and I'm a wee teeny big bit Contrary myself.

The Bride's Quilt

Did you know that once upon a time, a bride was expected to have 13 quilts in her trousseau?  (Or, for that matter, that she was expected to have a "trousseau"?)  Twelve quilts were to use, and one was for very special occasions. You can read more here. And one of the most treasured was, of course, The Double Wedding Ring.

Good Thursday Morning, All!

For Throwback Thursday this week, and since we're heading into (yet another) Nor'easter here, I though some spring tulips might be in order.  Here's the block:

This isn't exactly a Throwback Block, as I designed this one myself using EQ7, but I'm absolutely sure its not an original.  On the rare occasions that I actually applique, I prefer simple shapes - because I'm just not that good at it!  This is a 9" block, and it would be the perfect project to tackle my mountain of scraps, so . . . . . maybe.

Here's a Whirligig, and Could I Get Some Sun with That???

Here in Nova Scotia, we don't see a lot of sunshine in the winter.  Winters here are damp and cloudy and cold, and I'm ready for some sun!  It's been one Nor'Easter followed by another by another, none of which have amounted to a whole lot, other than a lot of cold, damp wind.  So, a Whirligig quilt pattern seems in order to go with all that wind.  Here's the block.

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