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June 19, 2017
Raspberry Cheesecake - Square in a Square alternate block Quilter's Recipe Box from Pamela Quilts

 Raspberry Cheesecake coloring sheet
Today's alternate block for the Square in a Square unit comes the EQ7 library - it is called Raspberry Cheesecake.  I'm not sure where the dessert themed names for these blocks came from, but they are a lot of fun!

This block is different because it uses the Square in a Square units on the sides of the block.  When you do this, the triangles in the corners make a small variable star in the center of your block, and you can achieve a variety of effects using contrast, as you can see from the banner at the top ...

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June 13, 2017
Ornate Star - Alternate block for Square in a Square Unit for Quilter's Recipe Box from Pamela Quilts

Sorry to be so late today with my post.  I usually like to get the blocks worked up early so I can write my post over the weekend, but that did not happen this week.  I was busy doing some secret sewing for Island Batik!  I'll be sending my quilt out for the Fall Winter Catalog tomorrow, but I can't share about it until September.  That't the hardest thing about making projects for fabric companies - you work so far ahead and have to keep the fabric hidden until the appropriate time!  But it is fun, too!



On ...

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May 29, 2017
Quilter's Recipe Box - Five month review and giveaway! from Pamela Quilts

I can't believe it's already been five months since I started this!  So far there are 20 blocks, four each month.  I wanted to give you a re-cap of all the months and inspire you to either keep going, or join in.  I am using Dotalicious by Island Batik for this series - they provided the fabric in my Fall/Winter Ambassador box last summer.

In January I started out showing you how to make some basic half square triangles.  The recipe card block was for a Friendship Star Block, and the alternate blocks were Shoo Fly Block, O ...

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May 25, 2017
Twinkle Star - Quilter's Recipe Box - Alternate for Quarter Square Triangle Unit from Pamela Quilts

Welcome - today I am showing the last alternate block for Quarter Square Triangle Units.  This time I'll be using three colors in the quarter square triangles and adding four-patch units to the corners.  I call this block Twinkle Star:



For this block you will need a 2 x 17 inch strip of your background fabric, plus a 2 x 17 inch strip of another color.  Two 4 1/4 inch squares for your star points, one 4 1/4 square of your background and one 4 1/4 square that matches the center square, which will be one 3 ...

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May 16, 2017
Quilter's Recipe Box Alternate for Quarter Square Triangle - Clown's Choice from Pamela Quilts

Hi it's another Monday and time for another quilt block pattern!  I've really enjoyed doing all these blocks and it's been fun to use some old favorites and also explore some new and different blocks!


Today's alternate block for the Quarter Square Triangle Unit is a quick little block that goes by Clown's Choice.  I think this might be an interesting block to make a modern quilt out of, the lines and angles could be really interesting.  I found some fun colorations of it here on meadowside-designs.  I decide to go with red and blue ...

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May 8, 2017
Swamp Angel - QRB alternate block for Quarter Square Triangles from Pamela Quilts

I'm getting a little bit of a slow start this morning, but I think that's a great way to start a day (and a week!)  Today we'll make another block with Quarter Square Triangles.  This is a great old block and goes by the name of Swamp Angel.  This was a Nancy Cabot block and you can read the newspaper article here.   There is another article about the author of the Nancy Cabot articles here:  LORETTA LEITNER RISING.  Wouldn't it be great if newspapers had features like now?  I might actually subscribe again!

Anyway - this block ...

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May 1, 2017
Quilter's Recipe Box Unit Five - Quarter Square Triangle from Pamela Quilts

The Quarter Square triangle is such a versatile unit - and it happens to be a part of one of my favorite quilts blocks - the Ohio Star!  This is actually not much harder than a half square triangle, you just have an extra seam in the middle to match up.

To cut the pieces for a Quarter Square Triangle, you cut a square 1 1/4 inches larger than the size of your finished unit and cut in half diagonally both directions.  For our Ohio Star blocks you will need 2 squares 4 1/4 inches of your background fabric and ...

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April 24, 2017
Quilter's Recipe Box, Nine Patch alternate block 3 from Pamela Quilts

 Welcome to another post on the Quilter's Recipe Box!  For today I have a fun block - I think this one is cute as a Button!  (because it looks like a button!)


For this block you will only need to make one nine-patch unit, so we won't be using strips.  You will need five 1 1/2 inch squares, four 3 1/2 inch squares, and two 3 7/8 inch squares cut in half for half square triangles using a colored fabric.  Then cut four 1 1/2 inch squares, and two 3 7/8 inch squares (cut ...

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April 17, 2017
Quilter's Recipe Box - Alternate block for nine Patch unit - Nine Patch Chain from Pamela Quilts

Ready for another block using Nine Patch units?  This one is another chain variation - as you can tell I'm a little fond of this type of unit, I love the way they create a secondary design on a quilt top.  This is a quick one to make, you just need to make three nine patch units, and the rest of the block is regular squares.


You will need 5 strips of a dark color and 4 strips of your background (1 1/2 x 6 inches)  Cut four squares of your background fabric (3 1/2 inches) and two ...

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April 10, 2017
Quilter's Recipe Box Alternate Block for Nine Patch - Jacob's Ladder Variation from Pamela Quilts

Today's block is a Jacob's Ladder Variation that uses Nine-Patch units.  You will need four half square triangles from one color, five 6 x 1 1/2 strips from a second color, and from the background you will need four half square triangles, four 6 x 1 1/2 inch strips and two background squares.


Sew three Nine-Patch units and four half square triangles.  Arrange as below to make block.

 Sew the units together, pressing away from the triangles when possible.

I hope you enjoy this block!  Remember to check back in next week to see another one!

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April 4, 2017
Quilter's Recipe Box - Unit Four - Nine Patch from Pamela Quilts

I can't believe it's April already!  Since it's the first Monday of the Month it's time for a new Unit and Block for the Quilter's Recipe Box.  This month we'll be making Nine patch units.  Then we'll be using five small units to make a Double Nine Patch block.  This block is one that my guild used as the basis for a lovely quilt with applique.  The background was a trellis of these Double Nine Patch blocks.

You can download the recipe cards for the block here.

Lets get started on a block ...

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March 27, 2017
Four Patch Alternate Block three - Chained Friendship Star - Quilter's Recipe Box from Pamela Quilts

Oh, look!  A sunny day this week - yippee!  We are sure looking forward to summer here.  The rain has been crazy.  I feel like I am pretty much used to it, but I am really looking forward to sunnier days, hopefully soon.  At least playing with the bright batiks gives me a little comfort

I have one last block using Four Patch units for you today.  This block is a Chained Friendship Star.  When you put them together in a quilt you get a neat chained effect from the Four Patch corners.

To make this block you will need four ...

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March 14, 2017
Quilter's Recipe Box Alternate block 1 - Thrifty Block (Four Patch Unit) from Pamela Quilts

Today's block is a quick and easy block.  This makes a great alternate block because of the chain effect!  I made this block using two colors plus my background fabric.

To make this block you will need a 2 x 16 inch strip of your background fabric, a 2 x 16 strip of your main color plus a 3 1/2 inch square of the main color and four 3 1/2 squares of your secondary color.

Using the strip piecing method, make four blocks using the two 2 x 16 inch strips.  Arrange your blocks like this -
And ...

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March 6, 2017
Quilter's Recipe Box - Unit Three, Four Patch from Pamela Quilts

Welcome to the third Block Unit for Quilter's Recipe Box!

(If you are new to this - you can find the First Unit here and the Second Unit here - catching up won't take long and I'd love for you to join us!)

This month we'll be working on the Four Patch unit.  A four patch is simply a square made from four smaller squares.  The block I chose to show this unit it Road to California, which is a Jacob's Ladder Variation.  As I am using traditional blocks, you may find many variations to both these ...

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February 27, 2017
Split Square Alternate block Three - Flitter from Pamela Quilts

Welcome to the Quilter's Recipe box - today's block is an original design as I ran out of traditional blocks using this unit!  This is a good example of how you can take the units and create your own designs using the basic units and rearranging them.  I'm calling this block Flitter because it looks like a little butterfly in the center.

For this block you will need four triangles and once center square of your main color, four split square rectangles of an accent color, and four triangles and four split square rectangles of a background fabric ...

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February 15, 2017
Alternate block for Split Square - Greek Cross from Pamela Quilts

Sorry I'm a day late getting this out, I got a little excited about my Galentine's day post!  This variation goes by the name of Greek cross.  It's exactly like the Churn Dash, but the colored rectangle on the split square goes to the outside of the block.

I wanted to use two colors for this block again, but you can use one color if you like.  You will need 4 colored triangles and four colored rectangles.  For the background fabric, you will need four triangles, four rectangles and one center square.  (Use the same measurements as ...

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February 6, 2017
Quilter's Recipe Box Unit Two - Split Square from Pamela Quilts

Are you ready to master another basic Quilt block recipe?  This month's unit is a split square.  It's really simple, just a square divided in half.  As always, you'll get the best results if you make sure your cutting and sewing are super accurate!

By using four split squares and four half square triangles you can create a Churn Dash (or Monkey Wrench) block!

You will need the following cuts of fabric:
Four triangles and four rectangles of colored fabric
Four triangles and four rectangles of background fabric plus one center square.

 For my batik version I ...

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January 31, 2017
Roundup for Quilter's Recipe Box half square Triangle blocks from Pamela Quilts

Sorry I am a day late with this, life is busy here these days!

I didn't have a lot of takers on my offer to feature your finished blocks, but here is one from my friend Delaine!  Looks like she is making a Christmas quilt, and it looks great:


Next Monday we'll be learning a new unit - and I can't wait to see what we can make with it!  Here are all four blocks that I featured this month.  They all use Half-Square Triangles and plain blocks:

I hope you are coming along in your ability to ...

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January 23, 2017
Anvil Block - Fun with Asymetrical Blocks from Pamela Quilts

This week's alternate block for Quilter's Recipe Box is the Anvil block.  This block uses the same units once more, but this time I've chosen to just use one color and the background.

Just like the last three blocks, sew the four half square triangle units.  If you are cutting accurately and sewing accurately all you will need to do is trim the dog ears and your units should measure correctly
Arrange them as I have shown - notice that this block has a definite diagonal alignment going on.  I'll show you some fun ways you can ...

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January 9, 2017
Quilter's Recipe Box Alternate block One from Pamela Quilts

Happy Monday!  I hope you enjoyed the first block of my Quilter's Recipe Box block of the month - Friendship Star.  As promised I am back with an alternative block using the same units.  This is another great traditional block - Shoo Fly.  You need the same exact units - four colored triangles, four background triangles, one center square in another color, and four background squares.

Sew your half square triangle units together, but this time, we'll use them on the corners of the block instead of the sides:
Sew together, and press the seams toward the center to reduce bulk ...

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