Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cubes and Tile quilt block

Cubes and Tile
December 15, 1933-Nancy Cabot's quilt pattern published in the Chicago Tribune today is called Cubes and Tile.

Though it "is one of the oldest we have, its effect is curiously modernistic. It lends itself well to the straight line designs of modern rooms," wrote Nancy.

As far as fabric selection goes, she felt it was "equally good looking in prints or plain colors, but the latter are preferred in modern interiors."

I have not been able to find any additional information on this block design. Maybe it goes by another name?

Cubes and Tile is not a complicated block to make if you break it's parts down into some easy familiar units and eliminate the "y" seams that Nancy Cabot's drawing suggests. The image below shows what parts I used. Notice the four patches, flying geese and square in a square units?

The single squares are cut at 1 1/4" square, the two patch and four patch blocks were made from 1 1/4" wide strips, the flying geese and square in a square blocks were paper pieced. The flying geese finish at 1 1/2" wide by 3/4" high and the square in a square finish at 1 1/2" square if you want to use a different method to make them.


I sewed my pieces together in sections rather than rows as shown above and then into rows as shown below.

Lastly, the three rows are sewn together. You can download my paper pieced pattern here.

Cubes and Tile can also be found in Electric Quilt's Blockbase program as #4026.

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