Monday, February 11, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks

A new batch of blocks to inspire you.  Notice that we don't care about matching the dark prints in the four corners of the block to the center square.  Anything goes!!!  When the blocks are in the quilt, you won't care or notice if those corners are matched to the center.  They're all beautiful!!

I've had quite a lot of questions about The Circa 1880 Club, so I'd like to answer them here for you.

I am not selling the patterns or the templates on my website.  I created this program especially for quilt shops.  You can buy any of the Circa 1880 Club items from a participating shop.  

You can find the list of shops here.  This is not a complete list, however, as I know of many shops not listed here yet.  Many more are signing up as word of the Circa 1880 Club spreads.  So exciting!  So ask your LQS if they are joining the fun.

Many of you ask me what shade of Marcus' Aged Muslin I used in my quilt.  I used sku Y139-141D.  Remember.....each bolt of this very special fabric is hand dyed.  No two bolts are the same...very close, but not exact.  There are four shades of Aged Muslin.  Some are lighter with very little aging, and some are much darker.  You should judge for yourself.  The aging is the very thing that makes it perfect for replicating a vintage, aged quilt.  It gives the soft patina passing time gives to old quilts.  I love it!  

Another you have to make the quilt in a year?  Certainly not!!  This quilt is meant to be a joyful journey.  It's an heirloom in the making.  Take your time and enjoy the process.  I am sharing many tips and hints in the Circa 1880 Club private Facebook group,  about ways to save time, organize and make lots of blocks in an hour which is how I completed my quilt in time. should make this quilt at your own pace.  Life no pressure from anyone!

Wishing you many happy stitches!  


  1. Thanks Pam! I know I am taking the turtle approach and I am loving it! I already have two friends who have taken the plunge through Cyndi and hope to catch a lot more!

  2. Hi Pam I've sent you an email to see if we can join in or access the pattern from Australia. Looking forward to hearing from you
    Linda Jewell

  3. This blog post came at the perfect time. I have embraced your post about the OHIO principle so I have been diligently cutting my fabrics for Circa 1880 as well as 5 other projects, plus cutting some 1" and 1 1/2" squares (wink-wink). Given current time constraints and the amount of cutting I'm doing, getting 25 Circa 1880 blocks ready to swap each month will be a challenge. I've decided to enjoy the process - swap blocks when I can - and hope to find some other Circa 1880 folk at my local quilt shop who are on the year-plus plan so I can continue to swap with them. What's really exciting is that I will have a good head start on 5+ other quilts and will have saved a lot of time from having to pull fabrics, starch & press, etc. Thanks for the reminder that this should be a joyful journey!

  4. I am looking forward to our second club meeting next week. And I have a couple of other friends that are doing the club and will swap a few blocks with me before I get the rest of my rows pieced.