Our Country Pieces From the Past Block

Melva from Melva Loves Scraps has a sew-along ongoing called Pieces From the Past.  The fifth block called Our Country was just recently released.  Along with blocks from the Kansas City Star sampler, she is also sharing letters sent to her grandparents.  They ran a POW camp during WWII and many prisoners reached out after the war ended.

Our Country Fabrics

Since this block is called “Our Country,” we had to use red, white, and blue.  Fortunately, our fabric bundle included some sweet prints in those colors.  Sue cut the fabrics for me and I set to work.  Sewing HSTs and then trimming them with the Bloc-Loc ruler took very little time.

Pieces OC trimming

Our Country Paper Piecing

Also called for in the block are four paper-pieced sections.  Thankfully, my participation in the bee-hive (a group of quilters who make blocks for each other) last year has reminded me how to PP.  It wasn’t long before all four sections were ready to have their paper removed from the wrong side of the blocks.  I moved to the easy chair and a recorded TV program for that project.

Our Country Layout

Once all the paper was removed from the four pieces, it was time to create a layout of all of the fabrics.  This shows the first and last rows already sewn together prior to pressing.

Pieces OC layout

I have learned the hard way to layout and double-check as I sew.  In spite of these proactive measures, I still manage to flip things around occasionally.  

Pieces Our Country

Ta-da!  Here is our finished Our Country block which we will be linking up on Melva’s post.  This picture really showcases the print on these fabrics.  All those swirls are just begging for a swirly quilt pattern, don’t you think?


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10 Responses

  1. Beautiful fabrics for this stunning block. 😄 Carol

  2. Susan says:

    Striking block – congrats!

  3. chrisknits says:

    That block is gorgeous!! Must bookmark it for consideration in the future.

  4. A perfect red white and blue block! I think Country is what we are all about right now. And we are a little mixed up right now, so it is just right!! Lol:)❤️

  5. Rochelle Summers says:

    That turned out so nice and patriotic. Looks like it went together quite fast.

  6. Dawn says:

    Nice block pattern and those swirls are pretty cute, Roseanne!

  7. This is a new block to me, and I like the colors you used. What fun!

  8. karenfae says:

    that is a different looking block you show – I don’t think I have seen it before.

  9. Laura says:

    Although I am not making the blocks, I am enjoying reading the letters on Melva’s blog! Your block looks terrific, Roseanne! 🙂

  10. Great block and your fabric selection was perfect!

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