Friday, October 4, 2013

Alabama Beauty quilt block

Alabama Beauty
June 6, 1933-Alabama Beauty is the name of Nancy Cabot's block for today.  The block can be pieced or appliqued.  Nancy wrote that whatever method you choose, "cut the melon-shaped pieces from two shades of the same color, alternating them in each individual block, with the center four-pointed star cut of a still darker shade.  Then, when the blocks are set together, be sure that all the lighter melon pieces are facing in one direction, forming two endless chains diagonally across the quilt."

The Alabama Beauty block is a combination of the techniques used in two previous blocks-True Lover's Knot and Snowball.

You can look at a copy of Nancy's original pattern here.

But for excellent instructions on how to piece the block together, go here.  I love these Alabama Beauty blocks (shown below) made from Kaffe Fassett fabrics!  Notice the secondary pattern of circles?  I may just have to make a quilt like this out of my growing stash of Kaffe Fassett fabrics! Not at all what Nancy Cabot suggested as far as color placement but beautiful nonetheless.

An Alabama Beauty quilt made the way Nancy Cabot recommended would look more like this-

Alabama Beauty can be found in Electric Quilt's Blockbase program as #2760.  You can download the templates I used to make my 6" block here.

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1 comment :

  1. Hi - my name is Carol Skinner and the Kaffe Fassett quilt shown above is mine. The picture you have is just one quarter of the quilt - it is 36 blocks. If you'd like to see how it turned out after quilting check out my blog post