Sorry for My Absence

Well, not only did I not work at all this past week (which is when I get most of my hand piecing done), but we were scrambling to finish the church auction quilt. (Pictures will follow once I have gotten the quilt to a place where I can take pictures of the full quilt. There are a few pictures with this post and pictures of some of the other quilts (with one of the quilt top for this year) in this post. This year’s quilt is almost all batik fabrics. I think it is gorgeous, but, as usual, I am concerned about whether or not anyone will actually want it. I’ll update you on that after Friday’s auction.

I realized that I have not yet looked up and reported the historical information on the Castles in Spain block that I have nearly completed. I thought I’d use that as an excuse for this pictureless post. So here goes….

According to Jinny Beyer’s book The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters (yep, I’ve learned from experience that I might just as well look at it first – I’ve never really found any information that wasn’t in there), the Castles in Spain block was published under the name Nancy Page in the Birmingham News on February 22, 1938 and also on April 16, 1940. This block was also known as Mosaic No. 19 when published by the Ladies Art Company in 1897. Nancy Cabot also published it in the Chicago Tribune‘s August 8, 1934 edition. This block is slightly more complex than the version I’m making, but it looks basically the same.

You can also find a pattern for the Castles in Spain block on the Quilters’ Cache website. Interestingly, all of these versions only use two fabrics, while the one in Marsha McCloskey’s Block Party: A Quilter’s Extravaganza of 120 Rotary-Cut Block Patterns (Rodale Quilt Book) I’m using calls for three fabrics.

And now you know everything I know about the Castles in Spain Block.