You know that line, that you need to "walk a mile" in someone else's shoes? In this case, one block will do! Quilt block that is!!
Whew. This block was a challenge and compared to the woman who made the original quilt, I had it easy...a rotary cutting pattern I created in EQ7 (Electric Quilt7 software), the rotary cutter and mat and fabulous acrylic quilting rulers!
This one block took me about 4 hours to make. There are 5 Y seams in each of the Goose Tracks corner blocks and the diamond pieces are just 1 1/4 inches wide. Tricky piecing with tiny pieces!
Looking at the old quilt I'd noted that some of the blocks weren't all true squares. Now I know why! I really struggled with mine too! My block finished up OK in the end, but I'm not showing the back!! It would be so much fun to sit down with my unknown quilting ancestor over a cup of tea for a chat about the difficulties in making these quilt blocks!
Here's my block next to the matching block in her quilt.
When I took the quilt outdoors to take these photographs I noted some print on the heirloom quilt. I had searched it for a name but haven't found a signature. I don't think this print is a signature since it looks like commercial lettering. I'm guessing it is print from a flour sack used to make the quilt. Whatever it is, it was fun to find it!
I loved making a replica of the single block in this quilt which contained a full compliment of blue pieces. But I've decided not to make a make a whole quilt using this pattern. The remaining blocks are all white, tan and cheddar and don't have the visual interest of this block. One block is enough.
If at some point, if I do decide to make a full replica quilt, I might try using English Paper Piecing to make the diamonds in the corner squares. I think it would be a lot easier and the piecing would be more precise.
I doubt I'll do that, but I might consider making a large, single block quilt. This is a lovely design and I think it would make a great single block quilt. And...the pieces would be large enough to handle!