Sunday, April 15, 2012

Making It Mine: Part One

For the border design on her CW quilt, Bettina Meier made four different Ohio Star blocks as cornerstones.   I wanted to do something a little different and chose four blocks that had meaning to me.

Pat of 501 Quilt Blocks is using Judy Hopkins' book 501 Rotary-cut Quilt Blocks as a challenge and is making each and every one of the 501 blocks in the book!  Go, Pat!   

Pat's blocks looked interesting and, my interest in piecing traditional blocks sparked by the Civil War BOW project, I ordered the book.  Wow!  What a great resource book...  not only are there 501 different traditional quilt blocks, the book provides measurements for 6 different sizes of each block!  The blocks range from 4" to 14" and are clearly laid out to make things easy, with options for fabric selection. 

I decided that one of the corner blocks had to be Black Spruce (page 49)... except that I am going to call it Pine Tree....

....because North Carolina is "The Land of the Long-leaf Pine"... and the State toast is:

Here's to the Land of the Long-leaf Pine!
Here's to the Land where the sun doth shine!
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,
Here's to Down Home, the Old North State!

The long-leaf pines out front of my house, 
the corner of which you can see in the lower right corner of the photo.


  1. Hmmm, Interesting looking book.
    Your "long-leafed pine" turned out just great!
    Do you live in a wooded area, or is the photo deceptive?

  2. Reading our State Toast brought tears to my eyes. I do love NC.

    I would like to own that book. It sounds like it would be very helpful.

    Love your choice for the corner block! This will be an amazing heirloom quilt, that's for sure.

  3. What a fun post! I love your block and your creativity. I've often seen that book but never much paid any attention to it. Thanks for sharing that, too.

  4. Where friends are true, and cold hearts are rare, The near land, the dear land, whatever fate, The blest land, the best land, the Old North State!

  5. Book sounds interesting and I love those pines.

  6. As usual, a wonderful post with a great resource. I might, have to get that book for my library. Your quilt turned out beautifully.

  7. I think personalising our quilt is what it's all about!