Loyal Union Sampler Blocks 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40/121

Here I go again with the latest batch of 6 inch blocks from the Loyal Union Sampler. They all come from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini.

First is Everett’s Oratory. I have to admit I almost tore my hair out with this one. It has 56 pieces and lots of Y-seams that had to be hand stitched because they were too tiny to put under the machine foot. I had several names of my own for this block but I don’t think it would be wise to publish any of them! Anyway, I got there in the end. It’s all about the challenge isn’t it? I had a huge sense of achievement when it was finished.

D-3 Everett's Oratory

Next up is Farm in the Valley which isn’t as wiggly as it looks here.

D-4 Farm in the Valley


Then it’s Fond Farewell. I like this one. So simple, yet so effective I think.

D-5 Fond Farewell

Fort Sumter is next.

D-6 Fort Sumter

Finally, I took a liberty with this one. It’s called Friendship Knot and the curved sections are supposed to be appliquéd. I don’t want any appliqué on this quilt so I made my own pattern templates and machine pieced it instead. It was fiddly but doable as you can see.

D-7 Friendship Knot

By the time I’ve done the next block I’ll be one third of the way to a finished quilt top. Here’s the virtual quilt so far.

LUS 40 Blocks

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  1. Coming along by leaps and bounds now. You’re clearly on a roll, although I’m sure some of those blocks felt more like obstacles! It’ll be a spectacular quilt one day very soon…

    • I’m trying to make at least five blocks every week from now on. It’s been a work in progress for way too long. I have to admit I’ve got no idea how to quilt it. So much more daunting than the piecing.

      • If it were mine, I think I’d choose a very simple all-over pattern that didn’t distract from the designs of the individual blocks but which gave a nice overall texture, rather than custom quilting for each block. Something curvy would give an interesting counterpoint to the angles of the individual designs. It’s certainly a tricky one!

        • I agree. The quilting mustn’t fight with the blocks or there’s no point spending on the tricky ones. Maybe I should concentrate on getting the top finished first. I’m planning on skinny sashing and cornerstones so that’ll keep me out of trouble for a while.

  2. claire93

     /  April 30, 2018

    I think you’re so patient, managing to sew these all by machine. My favourite in this batch is the last one, with the curves. Well done you, for working out how not to appliqué it!

    • If they can fit under the foot I’d rather machine sew for robustness (is that a word?). However, I have had to resort to hand stitching in sometimes.

  3. Wow, that first block is amazing. So intricate! I love the curved one too but my favourite this time is Fort Sumter.

    • A whole quilt made from Fort Sumter blocks would be good I think. There’s so much you could do with colour placement to make interesting secondary patterns from that block.

  4. I bet Everett’s Oratory had more than a few colourful words in it! That is another block that is beautiful but that I would only attempt by EPP.


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