Today is the final day of the Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop, hosted by Bea of Beaquilter.com

Wow! How many quilt books do you have? I quit counting!! Right now I’m looking at two different book cases full, and that doesn’t count the ones that are in boxes in the basement and garage! Oh my! My DH used to work for Southern Progress Company, and once a year, employees received a 70-80% discount on all books by Oxmoor House and Leisure Arts – you know those great annual Southern Living cookbooks and quilt and craft books of all kinds! I loved it. But of course there were always more books than time! So when Bea announced this blog hop, I started digging. And wouldn’t you know, I didn’t find anything I wanted to make in any of those books, but I found one that intrigued me! I love Amish quilts in the beautiful jewel tones and blacks, so I decided on this book from 1996.

As I looked through the book I found a cute little quilt I really liked using the Old Maid’s Puzzle block, so that is what I chose. I couldn’t find a pattern in the book, so EQ8 to the rescue!! I found Old Maid’s Puzzle in the block library and started playing with it. The quilt in the book (on the left) was made by Janet Shore. On the right is my EQ8 version.

I love the way the blocks are positioned to form two secondary blocks in the center of this little quilt. I decided on 9-inch finished blocks with 1- and 2-inch borders.

I have an AccuQuilt GO! Big and a 9-inch Qube, so I used dies 2, 3 and 5 to cut all the pieces – in no time at all! This machine is a real lifesaver, not to mention time saver!!

I love this Amish black fabric from Keepsake Quilting (no affiliation). It is the richest, deepest black I’ve ever seen. And making this quilt using this fabric has made me realize I must have presbyopia!! (In nonmedical jargon, that means “old eyes!”) I had such a hard time seeing my stitching! Maybe it’s just bad lighting – yes, that must be it – bad lighting! HA!

I like to call this Old Maid’s Puzzle block the fish and butterfly block! Doesn’t it look like two fish kissing with butterflies dancing around??!

Here is the anatomy of this block, printed from EQ8.

The trickiest part of this block was combining the two extra black triangles on each side of the black/color HST to form what I call the “fish tail.” It’s not difficult, I just had to remember the “trick” is to stitch a short leg of the black triangle to the side of the color half of the HST – one on each side. I pressed one side prior to stitching the second triangle on. Once you get the first one, the rest are a breeze!

I made six blocks and then laid them out in a design pleasing to me. Plus, I really like those secondary block patterns in the center! And here is my flimsy. It is not yet quilted because there are four customer quilts in the cue before I can get to it!

Thanks, Bea, for allowing me to post this project on Friday instead of Wednesday. The extra time made the difference in a block and a flimsy and gave me a little extra time to feel stronger!! Please visit the rest of the bloggers today and show some quilty love for their projects! Here is the schedule:

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Laura at slice of pi quilts
Sherry Powered By Quilting
Pat at Life in the Scrapatch
Carol at Just let me quilt
Kathy at Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Marian at seams to be sew
Brenda at songbirddesigns (you are here!)

And, if you missed any previous days, you can see the entire schedule on Bea’s website here.

Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you enjoyed seeing my project. Until next time…

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