Monday, March 8, 2021

Old Maid's Puzzle Blocks

I have 36 of these amazing blocks! Only a couple were crispy. I washed them gently in the sink with orvis and laid them flat to dry. They were pretty much the same as before washing. I ironed them and put them on the design wall. It was so great to admire each one up close and personal. 
I took a photo of the more unusual or fun prints.  This brown almost looks like decorator fabric. 

Windmills.... lol

That is a seam in the center square not a fold like it looks like at first glance. 


There was a lot of blocks in the box! A real treasure chest!!

I'm going to sew these together and hand quilt, adding a label it was assembled in 2021. The blocks appear to be about 1900, with some fabric being a little older. 

Thanks again Kathy for thinking of me when cleaning out your sewing room!

Have a terrific week!



  1. You now have an enjoyable task before you! Love love the closeups of the fabrics—I’ll be checking those out on a bigger monitor for sure.

  2. Great save for those blocks. That will be a nice quilt.

  3. Just lovely antique blocks to work with for you; what a great quilting project this will be needling through these vintage fabrics...Enjoy ;))) hugs, Julierose

  4. What a treasure trove! I love those madder prints. Can't wait to see what you do with them.

  5. Great blocks. Can't wait to see the quilt. Hugs

  6. What a great gift! Treasures, each and every one.

  7. Thanks so much for the close-up views. These are wonderful!

  8. Wonderful blocks and great fabrics!

  9. These blocks are great! Wonderful fabrics. It will make for an interesting handquilting project.

  10. Lori esto parece un gran tesoro que as conseguido.

  11. Oh là là... lucky you !!
    I loooove these madders !

  12. What fabulous old timey blocks and you are doing right by them!

  13. What a treasure of beautiful blocks. I love the antique feel and truly appreciate the pseudo-antique fabric designers. Some of these look like the reproduction fabrics they've come up with only yours are authentic!

  14. I'm wondering if there are any repeat prints from one block to another? Perhaps they were made by friends to another friend who was moving away? Bits of their dresses as a form of Remember Me? Wonder what happened to the woman they were gifted to, if that was the case, that she never finished the quilt? SEW many questions!

    1. Thee are no repeats! Isn't that fantastic?! I need your email address as you are a no reply commenter.

  15. Quilters can make for the best of friends! This is going to be so much fun to hand quilt.:)


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