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Diamonds in the Corners Block
Diamonds in the Corners

Diamonds in the Corners

September 1956 was when this block, a 9-patch, appeared in the Kansas City Star. An Oklahoma reader sent it in. She used white and black for the corner stars and light and dark prints for the rest.

We've posted a diagram of this quilt block. Click the "Make it!" icon above.


Jamestown Square

Jamestown Square

According to Nancy Cabot, whose Chicago Tribune column first published this block in 1938, Jamestown Square dates back to 1839 and hails from Virginia.

The block now seems as lost as the Roanoke Colony. We didn't find how-to instructions on the Web, so we posted a diagram. Click on the "Make it!" icon above.

We haven't seen an original of this block. Our diagram is based on Jinny Beyer's Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns. Our color arrangement is based on Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.


Lotus Star

Lotus Star

After Collingbourne Mills of Illinois bought Dexter Yarn of Rhode Island in 1927, several block design booklets were published as collaborations between Collingbourne's "Virginia Snow" and Dexter's "Grandma Dexter." Lotus Star is in both booklet 96A and 96B. The latter was published around 1932.

Lotus star is based on a 10 x 10 grid, according to Jinny Beyer's Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns. We haven't found a pattern on the Web, so we've posted a diagram (click on "Make it!" icon above).

Photo: Would you buy block designs from this mahn? Then as always, businessmen thought that their charismatic faces would inspire customers to spend. In N. G. B. Dexter's case, it didn't work out.


Sun Rays

Sun Rays

Sun Ray is a popular modern block developed by Twin Fibers, a 2-woman design company. We've included it with their permission. To see Twin Fibers' blog tutorial on how to make the block, click on the icon at right. To see a whole-quilt mockup, click on the block at left.

For the traditional star block called Sun Rays, click here: