Thursday, July 4, 2013

uncle sam + introducing the {sneaky} block INDEX

Happy Fourth, friends!

I’m sure we’ve all visited this mecca of quilts blocks at least once.  In fact, as soon as I spot something I like in my trusty encyclopedia, quilter’s cache is the first place I go for block assembly ideas.  Ordinarily, with much success.  But the last few times, I’ve had no such luck (Sam’s Quilt, Century of Progress {Star of Arcturus}, and Boston Pavement, to name a few).

Now, full disclaimer:  maybe it’s just me?  As in, it’s entirely conceivable that I am mis-navigating the site.  For those of you who aren't familiar, the patterns are sorted alphabetically by title on a few separate pages; since you have to click through to see the thumbnail, I suppose the ones I’m after might be listed under a different name and I’ve just missed 'em.  Or maybe they really aren’t there.  Either way, from now on, they’re going to be here.  ;)

You see, that’s where the INDEX comes in:  traditional blocks that have somehow {sneakily} escaped the quiltosphere.  Till now.  Let’s just call it my feeble attempt to fill in the incredibly-sparse-but-still-existent gaps out there.  Here’s how it’ll work… Anytime I come across a block in the book for which I can find no free online instruction (public domain, people!), I’ll draw up and upload the pattern to craftsy, after which I'll post a link to the INDEX tab.  And if you happen to stumble upon one of these elusive blocks before I do, just give me a heads up and I’ll add it to a running list of patterns to deconstruct on paper and reassemble in fabric ;)  

Sound good?  Good.  Now go help yourself to BB #3725.

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  1. OMG you have just opened up a giant rabbit hole (or two) for me! Seriously though, this is a great idea. You're building such a great resource with this blog!

  2. Fabulous. I have a hard time finding things there as well. You have to know either the traditional name or figure out the random name someone gave a traditional block because they are the ones that drew up the directions for this site. I love the blocks you're coming up with!

  3. Sounds like a great idea! I love free online sources, tools, and educational items. This sounds like a great idea. THANKS!

  4. Better than good...that's a brilliant idea! Thank you for doing this! I am sure it will become an invaluable resource!

  5. Thanks for showing me more online resources!

  6. Just saw your recent post containing the sultan flower block and searched though to this post.

    Question: What does the 'BB' # stand for? I have BlockBase and that immediately comes to my mind. Just wondering.
    Thanks so much.


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