My husband’s family has been in Utah since it’s founding.  Timothy B. Foote left his home in upstate New York with his wife and a few children and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois where he served as one of Joseph Smith’s body guards.  After Brother Joseph’s death, the Mormons were driven out of the beautiful city they’d built in a swamp, across the frozen Mississippi River in the dead of winter, turning back to see their homes, their businesses, and their beautiful temple all in flames.  They had lost everything but their faith and a few belongings.  Intrepid souls, they began an arduous journey across the open expanse of the prairie, up and over the imposing Rocky Mountains, finally coming down into the Salt Lake Valley.  After getting mostly settled, Brigham Young asked Timothy and his family to move about 100 miles to the south to form the settlement that would become the town of Nephi.  I drove through Nephi just yesterday, and to the west the scenery is much like it must have been when the family arrived: tall native grasses interspersed with sage brush, waving gently in the wind.  When his wife, Rhoda, looked out the window of their log home, did the scene remind her of the prairies they had crossed to come to this place?  Did she look at them wistfully, longing for the lush greens of New York and Illinois?  I know she was the queen of her home.  Timothy built the first home outside the fort he’d helped to build in Nephi.  He moved his family to their home, then took his sons and went hunting.  While he was gone Rhoda moved their belongings back to the house in the fort and had her neighbors help her tear down three of the walls of the cabin.  She didn’t want to live out in the wilds, where the indians could attack at any moment.  Timothy didn’t fight her on it, until there were a few more people, and eventually they did move out of the fort and into their own cabin.  And I’m sure Rhoda’s opinions were taken into consideration this time!

Now that we’re done with today’s history lesson, we’ll move on to how to make this fun block.

2014-01-26 16.03.20 The first thing is to sew one light #19 and one dark #19 together.  You will end up with 8 of them.  Press the seams to the dark side.  Nesting the seams, sew the pairs together to make four 4-patch blocks.





2014-01-26 16.19.13Next, sew the light and dark #3 triangles together to make the corner HST squares.  I pressed the seams open and they seemed to lie flatter.  Measure the #1 square that you cut for the center and take a moment to square up the HSTs and 4-patches to match.  Mine were a little off, and this made matching them up a piece of cake.

The dark corners of the HSTs point toward the center.  For the 4-patches, make sure the top dark corners of the right and left squares point to the upper left, and the top dark corners of the top and bottom squares point to the upper right.

For two of the rows, sew together HST/4patch/HST, press the seams to the center.  For the center row, sew together 4patch/square/4patch and press to the outside

2014-01-26 16.30.50I’m beginning to think this would make a great two color quilt, especially if the colors are alternated.  Or, if you keep the colors the same throughout, it may be a type of tessellation, where the pattern is repeated in the negative space.  Hmm… I may have to consider this for a 2-color quilt.