Tippecanoe and a Calico Snowball

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Another four patchwork squares for my Dear Jane  inspired quilt.   Actually it has really become it’s own quilt, with eye achingly bright combinations of  colours and patterns.  I did worry (for about 5 minutes) that I was going too far away from my original source of inspiration, but then figured I am making this quilt for me and as long as I like what I am making then it really doesn’t matter.  After this quilt is made I would like to make one more in keeping with the Jane A Stickle quilt, with each block just being of one colour, but for now I am quite happy to use all the colours in the rainbow (and my fabric stash)


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This citrusy coloured block is generally known as Patience Nine Patch, although I am calling my little block “St Clements” because this colour way makes me think of the nursery Rhyme “Oranges and Lemons”.


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I’m finding that I keep using variations of the yellow and pink combination.  They aren’t colours that I would normally use together but they seem to work really well here.

This block seems to have a list of names as long as your arm including Ohio Star, Lone Star and Eastern Star but I think my favourite is Tippecanoe and Tyler too.  Wouldn’t that just make the best name for a children’s book.  I’m thinking Tippecanoe would be a little bit naughty and would probably eat all the biscuits and blame it on Tyler.


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Another yellow and pink patchwork block.  I needed a really busy pattern for the central octagon and I thought this print of The Three Little Pigs was perfect.  This block has a few names, Calico Snowball, Hour Glasses and Octagon amongst others.


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This block is called Roman Square.  It doesn’t look particularly exciting by itself, but when it is worked all over as a repeating pattern it really does come in to it’s own as a design.  After making a good dozen blocks I have started laying them out on the bed so I get an idea of what colours need to be added, and I  noticed the quilt top was sorely lacking in the greens so decided to address the balance by making this block a solely green coloured one.


2 thoughts on “Tippecanoe and a Calico Snowball

    1. Thank you, glad to hear you are enjoying the progress. Working small does mean that the blocks are pretty quick to sew together (and remembering as I type that, the block I had to unpick twice because I kept sewing part of it upside down!) I’m going to have to slow down a little as I need to concentrate a bit more on making things for various craft fairs over the next few months, but I think there will still be some patchwork blocks being sewn too.

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