Saturday, April 29, 2017

Y is for Yankee Charm

This month I'm participating in A to Z Challenge, where 100's of bloggers around the world challenge themselves to write every day for the month of April, working their way through the alphabet.  I'm sewing a patchwork block for each letter of the alphabet. Each day I will share that block and a little about the block and direct you to where you can find a tutorial for that block on the Web.

Today's block, Yankee Charm is found on Quilter's Cache here 

It's identified by Marcia Hohn (who owns that website) as being from the 1930s. Its a fairly simple straight forward block made up of half square triangles, squares and rectangles.

Marcia has a diagram of a quilt made from Yankee Charms with the 2 colours alternated in blocks. It looks great and has a very much a tiled floor look. I am very tempted to make it... it is going to go on the One Day pile

Its a two colour block on Quilters Cache but traditionally it was a 3 colour block.

I found a few other examples of the block of that name on the internet but which was different. Yet again we run into the situation where a block can develop variations over the year, and where the same name is applied to a variety of blocks


Today is the 2nd last day of the challenge. We have completed 25 days and that means that the final row of the A to Z quilt is complete  The last block will go on the back. This is the quilt top, minus the borders.


  1. Goodness, you've actually been sewing this throughout the Challenge? Beautiful! I've seen some impressive quilting in the TopArts exhibitions in Melbourne, done by VCE students. One was a "painting'" with each square as a dot in the picture. Kids can do great stuff!

  2. Oh, what fun to have a quilt when you are done for the month! Very cool!
    Donna Smith
    Mainely Write

  3. This is a very charming block. Can't wait for the last one.

    --Her Grace, Heidi from Romance Spinners