Tag Archives: Nancy Martin calendar blocks

City Streets Quilt Block

Today, I am presenting, City Streets, also found in the perpetual calendar, 365 Quilt Blocks a Year by Nancy Martin.

City Streets is drafted from a 3 x 3 grid.

Here it is presented in a simple straight set (blocks set square…side by side) with borders:

City Streets Straight Set

And, to make it interesting, in a straight set with sashing:

City Streets Straight Set 2

How about adding a few plain blocks:

City Streets Straight Set 3

Plain blocks are opportunities for adding applique or showing off quilting designs.

Here is what City Streets looks like in a simple on point set with borders:

City Streets On Point Set

Now let’s try it with sashing and plain blocks:

City Streets On Point Set 2

As always, my intent in presenting these blocks is to introduce you to basic quilt design.  There is so much more one could try simply by experimenting with alternate blocks, value and color, and different borders to completely change the look.

Chisholm Trail Quilt Block

Chisholm Trail, found in the perpetual calendar, 365 Quilt Blocks a Year by Nancy Martin, is drafted from a 4 x 4 grid. 

Here it is presented in a simple straight set with borders…blocks set square side-by-side:

And in a straight set with sashing:

Chisholm Trail in an on point set with borders:

And set on point with sashing:

Throw in some plain blocks and rotate a few Chisholm Trail blocks:

Don’t stop there!  Use alternate blocks, value and color, and different borders to  completely change the look.

If you EQ, then go have fun!

Children’s Delight Quilt Block

This week, I am presenting the Children’s Delight quilt block.

This block is drawn with a 5 x 5 grid.  Its asymmetrical design allows for some interesting design options.

Setting the block in a straight set:

Children's Delight Straight Set

Also a straight set, but the some of the blocks have been turned:

Children's Delight Straight Set 2

Children’s Delight in an on point setting:

Children's Delight On Point Set

Plain blocks have replaced some of the Children’s Delight blocks:

Children's Delight On Point Set 2

Children's Delight On Point Set 3

If you like the modern quilts, perhaps this is the block you are looking for.  Have fun with this block; there’s lots to play with!

Carrie Nation Quilt Block

This week, I present the Carrie Nation quilt block, also included in the Nancy Martin’s 365  Quilt Blocks A Year Perpetual Calendar.

If you have BlockBase, it is listed as number 1105.

The Carrie Nation block is drawn with a 4 x 4 grid.

Using EQ7, here the blocks are in a straight set (set squarely side-by-side):

Carrie Nation Quilt Straight Set

With sashing separating each block:

Carrie Nation Quilt Straight Set 2

What if we turned blocks:

Carrie Nation Quilt Straight Set 3

There are lots of variations that can happen when turning the blocks; I’ve only shown one.

And then there is the on point setting:

Carrie Nation Quilt On Point Set

And turning the blocks:

Carrie Nation Quilt On Point Set 2

This simple little block is so versatile; it is a great one to choose for quick and easy projects, baby quilts, modern quilts and more!

Bird’s Nest Quilt Block

Bird’s Nest, found in the perpetual calendar, 365 Quilt Blocks a Year by Nancy Martin, is drafted from a 5 x 5 grid.  You can also find this block listed in BlockBase as #3237.

I came up with a file loaded with designs while playing with Bird’s Nest.  There’s alot one can do with this block.

Just to get started, a simple straight set with borders…blocks set square side-by-side:

Bird's Nest Straight Set

Straight set with borders and an alternate block.

Bird's Nest Straight Set 2

Bird’s Nest set on point, with borders:

Bird's Nest On Point Set

Set on point with an alternate block and borders.

Bird's Nest On Point Set 2

There is so much more one could do.  Value and color, as well as arrangement, sashing, and different borders all could dramatically change the design.

If you EQ, then go have fun!