Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Rocky Glen or Lost Ship quilt block

Rocky Glen or Lost Ship quilt block
May 27, 1933-Quilt Gathered Various Names in Its Travels was the title of Nancy Cabot's Chicago Tribune column on this day.

The quilt block began as Rocky Glen in 1810 in New England but as it gained popularity it picked up some new names she explains.  "On the Atlantic coast, it has been called the "Lost Ship', in the south the "Rocky Mountain," while the west and middle western states call it "Storm at Sea."

Certainly not what we would think of as Storm at Sea today!

This is not a difficult block to make using the Magic 8 technique.  You make 8 half square triangles at once!  Just follow this great tutorial at laugh yourself into Stitches.  Start with squares that are 3 1/4" to get the size of half square triangles you need for a 6" finished block.  You'll get 32 half square triangle units and you only need 28 so just use your best ones.

To make the four larger half square triangle units start with 3 1/4" squares to make two at once by using the drawing on each side of the diagonal line method or use whatever method you want to make them finish at 2 1/4" which is 2 3/4" before sewing.

Each of the four sections go together like this-

Rocky Glen can be found in Electric Quilt's Blockbase program as #1362.

A quilt made from Rocky Glen blocks might look like this-

Tomorrow-Friendship Dahlia

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