Blocks from the Past Quilt Along Week 4


My blocks this week are found on pages 10, 11, and 61.

The first block is called Windblown Square on page 10. I made this block following the instructions. I liked the instructions for this block, but I would recommend sewing it together using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.


The second block is the Cakestand Block on page 11. This block I made using different half square triangle methods. For the center, large square, I cut 1-4″ background square and 1-4″ blue square.

I used the method where you draw a diagonal line and sew 1/4″ on both sides of the line. Here is one place it is shown:

After you cut on the line, square up the HST to 3 1/2″. It makes two HSTs instead of one, but to me, it’s worth it.

For the small HSTs, cut two 2 1/2″ squares of the background and two 2 1/2″ squares of the color. Square up the HSTs to 2″.


Having to square up the HSTs, makes a better HST. On such a little block, the points of my Cakestand look pretty good.

My third block is the Pineapple on page 61. This block was rough. I have no hints. If I wasn’t assigned it, I would have skipped it!

I appliqued the pineapple stem first. My stem looks pretty funky, but I am okay with that, Then I appliqued the pineapple. The pineapple was easy, deceptively so. Because the pineapple was so easy, I attempted the scallop. That was a mistake. It almost killed me.

Halfway through the scallops, I thought I was going to die. It felt like the last half mile of a half marathon. In a half marathon, the last part, I have to talk myself through each block. Each block feels like a mile. The same was true of the scallops. Each little tiny scallop felt like an eternity. I kept telling myself, “I can sew one scallop. Just one.” Somehow, I finished.

It was just one block. I survived. If you like the pineapple, you will survive too. If you don’t love the pineapple, then I suggest you skip it. Sorry Marion and Natalie!

Be sure to post your blocks on the flickr group (!


  1. Marion
    January 26, 2015 at 8:26 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Your pineapple is AWESOME and I am so happy you didn’t die! xoxox

  2. Ginny
    January 26, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I’m so glad you recommended skipping the pineapple block. I had already decided I was going to skip it. Now I don’t feel so guilty. But it sure looks good after you did it! Way to go!

  3. Natalie
    February 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Haha – Konda, I love your running analogy! You’re so cute, I’m glad you didn’t die either — and I have to say, I wasn’t going to do this one either. I’ve almost decided to do heat-n-bond for my applique blocks — I just think I’ll be happier that way!