Quilt Block Names

Remember how excited I was to find a quilt block with my name? Well, I spent some time looking for other quilt blocks that were a single word that was a person’s name. I found something very interesting. There were only three once I ruled out a few things.

What did I rule out?

  • Names that could have referred to flowers.
  • Names that could have referred to cities or states.
  • Nicknames.
  • Last names.
  • Names that are also stars, precious stones or constellations.
  • Recent blocks by Jinny Beyer (Galileo and Lancelot are the two I’m thinking of here.)

Why did I rule out blocks by Jinny Beyer? Well, the book I was using was The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilterswhich contains many blocks designed by the author. Since they may or may not be well known, I decided to leave them out. This left me with three names: Gretchen, Priscilla, and Susannah. Three!

We’ve talked about Gretchen here before so I’ll just remind you with a picture:

Paper pieced block samplePriscilla is probably better known as World Without End (or Worlds Without End as it is called at Quilter’s Cache. Here is a link to the directions of making Worlds Without End aka Priscilla. You can also get a paper piecing pattern (under the name Priscilla) at Patterns from History. Sorry I haven’t made one to show you a picture of it.

Lastly, we come to Susannah. You can find some instructions for making Susannah here. Susannah on Quilter’s Cache is a little different. Patch coloration changes it a bit. The block is known as both Oh Susannah and Susannah. I think the differentiation in name has to do with the patch coloration, but I’m not sure I see a consensus as to which coloration is Oh Susannah and which is Susannah. Once again I’m sorry not to have made one to show you yet.

And those are some deep thoughts for Thursday. If you are looking for the giveaway, it is here.

Quilt on!

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