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These blocks are shaped like cloverleaves because they're based on a 5- square by 5-square grid. For whole-quilt mockups of the blocks below, click on a graphic. For the classic Shoo Fly block, which is a 9-patch (3 squares by 3 squares), click here:


Grandmother's
Choice


Duck's Foot
Grandmother's Choice
French Patchwork/Cross Within a Cross

The Ladies Art Company's #129, Grandmother's Choice was published in 1897 and was reflected in many later designs.

The "Make it!" icon links instructions for a 3-color version.

Duck's Foot

The 4-color Duck's Foot block at left is made from the same pattern as the LAC's Grandmother's Choice (above). Duck's Foot was published in Hearth & Home, according to quilt historian Barbara Brackman.


Grandmother's
Choice
Grandmother's Choice
Shoo-fly variation

Both Jinny Beyer and Barbara Brackman date this stripped-down design back to 1975, when it was published in a "Mrs. Danner" booklet. It's easy to recognize the design in other blocks on this page and on our page on Double Wrench blocks, here:

It's not easy to find instructions for this exact block on the Web, but it is midway down the page on the site you'll go to when you like on the "Make it!" icon.

A Wrench


Churn Dash
A Wrench
Double Wrench/Chinese Coin/Churn Dash/Churn Dasher/French 4's/Monkey Wrench/Pioneer Patch

The Ladies Art Company called this block Double Wrench in 1897 (#148), but Jinny Beyer found it under the name A Wrench in two 1883 magazines (Louisville and Farm and Friends).

We presume that "A" is the article of speech ("It's a bird—it's a plane—it's a wrench!") because there is no "B" wrench anywhere to be found.

The block is drawn on a 5x5 grid.


Churn Dash

Churn Dasher

The 3-color Churn Dash is from Bettina Havig's Carrie Hall Blocks (American Quilter's Society, Paducah, KY, 1999). To make it, you can use the same instructions as for A Wrench.


Duck & Ducklings
(LAC, 1897)


Ducks & Ducklings
(Finley, 1929)


Ducks & Ducklings
(KC Star, 1929)
Duck & Ducklings
Monkey Wrench

The LAC's #245 is the oldest Duck & Ducklings block and the one most often pictured on the web.

The name Monkey Wrench is from 1932 Farm Journal Quilt Patterns, according to Jinny Beyer's marvelous Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns (2009). The block does resemble other Shoofly-ish blocks of that name, but otherwise, the name refers to so many different blocks that using it as an identifier is close to pointless.

Ducks & Ducklings
Hen & Chickens/Corn & Beans

Ruth Finley published this variation of Duck & Ducklings in 1929, having found it called by all 3 names cited above.

The name Corn & Beans is more often used for a different design. To see it, click here:


Ducks & Ducklings
Corn & Beans/Handy Andy/ Hen & Chickens/Shoo-fly

The Kansas City Star also published Ducks & Ducklings, with a contrasting center square, in 1929. Carrie Hall added more names in 1935; they're listed above.

 


Ducklings


Ducklings for
Friendship
Ducklings

When Ducklings was published in a 1932 Kansas City Star, designer Eveline Foland said that it was "an old pattern." She freshened it by putting it in 3 colors and setting it on point. We've shown Ducklings here in the colors Foland recommended.

Ducklings for Friendship

The Star republished its 1932 Ducklings block off point in 1949 and called it Ducklings for Friendship because names could be written in the rectangles to make a friendship quilt. Again, the colors are as the Star recommended.