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Other sawtooth-row blocks

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On this page are blocks with rows of half-square triangles. Which icon below looks the most like your mystery block?



The earliest publication of this block was in 1906, in Clara Stone's Practical Needlework. That booklet gave no details about where the block came from and why it was named Snowflake. We can at least say this: It's a four-patch.

Click on the image to see a whole-quilt mockup.

The Swallow (Finley)

Swallow (Page)
The Swallow

To us, this block looks more like a puffer fish heading for the sea bottom than it does a bird.

Ruth Finley, however, says that the block's name is from a quilt made by a Long Island woman who sang "When the Swallows Homeward Fly" at a gathering one evening and wound up marrying one of the spectators. It was love at first sight. She made the lavender dress she wore that night into a quilt made of these blocks.

Nancy Page, newspaper columnist, made one small change when she presented her Swallow block in 1933: She added a seam from triangle point to block point in one corner (lower right in our graphic). That made the block a bit easier to put together.

We've posted a diagram for the blocks here:

The Anvil (Filey)

The Anvil (Marshall)

The Anvil (Hall)

The Anvil

Ruth Finley, in her 1929 Old Patchwork Quilts, noted that an anvil was a "familiar sight and sound of the pre-automobile village."

Nowadays, you're only likely to see and hear one used by a farrier (a guy who shoes horses), at a demonstration of old-time crafts, or in an artist's studio.

Photo: Wikipedia Commons
There are a couple of different patterns for The Anvil. The second block at left is from a 1972 book, Quilts of Appalachia by Martha Marshall, brought to us by Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.

The third is Carrie Hall's variation, which, because it is virtually impossible to see the seams in Hall's 1935 book, we also owe to Brackman's Encyclopedia. The Make it! icon links to this variation.