Fifty-Four Forty or Fight Quilt Block

Today, I am showing the Fifty-Four Forty or Fight quilt block from Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar collection of blocks. 

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight is drafted from a 6 x 6 grid.

Clicking on any of the photos will show a larger view.

Here is the what the Fifty-Four Forty or Fight quilt block looks like in a basic straight set with borders.

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight Straight Set

The following design alternates Fifty-Four Forty or Fight with the Snowball block.  I love using the Snowball quilt block in designs because it gives the illusion of curves.

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight Straight Set 2

Next, I’ve designed with another alternate block, the Basic 4X.

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight Straight Set 3

And this design uses a big half-square triangle block as an alternate.  With a little simple rotation, large stars can be seen in the background.

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight Straight Set 4

It is worth the little extra time to try out a few simple alternate blocks, rather than just putting a quilt top together with one main block.

Have a look at the Fifty-Four Forty and Fight blocks placed on point:

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight On Point Set

Sashing and cornerstones separate the blocks, making it easier to see them.  The sashing also adds another design element.  Sashing can be filled with other blocks to create a new design, but I’m keeping it simple here.

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight On Point Set 2

And again, using the Snowball quilt block as an alternate:

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight On Point Set 4

This last one uses a simple plain block as an alternate.  And I like it.

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight On Point Set 5

Which is your favorite?

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