Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks: All Angles #1364


“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit” Aristotle

All Angles
All Angles

This Block is made from two easy to piece units.

Little Cedar Tree
Little Cedar Tree

In my book Simple Strategies for Scrap Quilts one of the strategies I suggest is to use a common background with what I call “related fabrics”.  When I use the term “related fabrics” I don’t mean the new collection from one manufacturer  that just arrived in your local quilt shop.  “Related fabrics” can be 1930s’ reproductions, batiks, Civil War, plaids, polka dots, bright children’s prints and just about anything else similar enough to group together.

For this block I used my collection of Civil War fabrics with a common background (Olde Townhouse by Paula Barnes for Marcus Fabrics).  The background is lighter than all of the other fabrics.  I have made quilts using bright children’s prints with a black polka dot background.  The background can be light or dark.  You just need contrast to create a clear pattern.

I love playing with different sets for a block.  Maybe one of these will inspire you.


Straight set with sashing and red corner stones.  The red corner stones act as a center creating an alternate pattern.  I always find this interesting.


On point with sashing.  This gives you a larger quilt with fewer blocks.  If this quilt hangs in a show the diagonal lines will catch the viewers eye.


This quilt appears to be on-point but it is really a straight set with an alternate snowball block.


Another straight set with an alternate block.