Sunday, March 31, 2013

Handy Andy quilt block

Handy Andy
March 31, 1933- The Handy Andy quilt block gets it's name from the title given to "a person able to do many odd jobs without a workshop full of tools" wrote Nancy in her Chicago Tribune column.

She credits "some clever Connecticut woman" with designing this block.  She remarked that the block called for triangular cutting but that's no so today!  We have other methods available to us.

Normally I would make the half square triangle blocks with Triangles on a Roll or draw a diagonal line on two squares and sew on each side of the line to get two half square triangles.

 However, this block is a 5 patch and I am making my blocks  6 inches finished which makes for some very odd sizes to try to cut so I will paper piece it when I have time to make it..  You can get the templates here.  The block can also be found in BlockBase as #1878.

There will not be a block posted tomorrow.  I will continue making the blocks and blogging about them as soon as I am able to.


  1. April 17, 2013. Really missing your daily quilt blocks. Hope everything is OK health wise.


  2. I was researching Nancy Cabot and stumbled on your blog. So very well done. Wish I had known about it earlier. Like the previous poster, I hope you are well, and that you haven't give up this project. It's really an amazing tribute to restore/re-employe a great part of our history.