Today is my day to share a block for the Quilting Gallery Glorious Autumn Block Party. e days a week, for 15 weeks a new 12" block will be unveiled along with some great deals from your favorite online shops. You can see the previous blocks and the schedule for new blocks here.
My block is the Braced Star block. I chose this block because it's one that my Great Grandmother made. Great-Grandma Flora left behind several boxes of UFO for me and my Mom to complete. We don't consider this a burden at all. We've worked on them when inspired and it's been fun to see Mom and her sisters talk about the fabrics in the quilts and who had a dress made from which fabric. We have completed several quilts and have only a few left. You can see some of them (as well as the stack of Braced Star blocks) here. You can see the first quilt I finished and a photo of Flora here.
My Mom made a quilt for one of her cousins with the Braced Star blocks and here's the last block that didn't make it in the quilt.
You can see that all of her quilts are scrap quilts. I do not remember much about her, she died when I was about 9. But I do remember seeing her work on her hand piecing and once I remember seeing the quilting frame set up in the living room. She was hand peicing the day she fell and broke her hip. She didn't drop her hand work though! She died 2 weeks later so I can say that she quilted until the very end.
Anyway, I've been wanting to make a Braced Star block for myself and now I've created a tutorial for you too. You can download it here. To save the file, once the file opens in our web browser, choose the File link under the block name, and then select Download at the bottom of the menu.
Now, if you've made it this far the you deserve a prize. I recently finished a project using feedsack fabrics so, in honor of Great-Grandma Flora, I want to share a pack of 6" feedsack charms. I think there are about 20 charms here. These are the same fabrics that I used in my Blogger BOM quilt.
To enter leave a comment and tell me if you have any quilting heritage in your family. If not, you can still enter, just leave a comment. I will draw a winner Monday.
This drawing is officially closed and the winner has been announced. Thanks for visiting!