Saturday, March 12, 2011

London Square

This week's block honors Fanny Kemble, an actress and writer from London who was influential in swaying the British away from supporting the new Confederacy -
(sorry - again my photo skills skew the block a bit.)

You may wonder why this block is called "London Square." In my Blockbase software, which is a digital version of Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, there is a single block shown in two colors, as well as this version:

Both versions have more of the small triangles in the block than the one used for this Civil War series, which was easier to piece at 8 inches.

The block looked familiar to me for good reason. I adapted the above design when I made a lap quilt for my sister-in-law Marla and her husband. I was still getting used to my quilting machine at the time and purchased a small pre-printed "whole cloth" to practice on, setting the whole cloth into a London Square and adding borders to make a larger quilt.

Here's Marla's quilt on display at the Quilter's Unlimited of Northern Virginia show, in June, 2006.


Sherrye said...

Very striking!!

Dorry said...

Here is another block in this BOW project that needs a fabric with a large print. And you found two in your collection. Well done Cheryl.