Things have been quiet-ish around here, mostly hunkered down with work – but in between I’ve managed to get a quilt-y project over the line, thanks in no small part to some fabric serendipity.

Quilt Block Numbers

I don’t know about you, but I have a weird cycle I seem to constantly repeat:

1) hang onto a fabric bundle for an eternity

2) break it up in a moment of desperation in order to use one small piece

3) very shortly thereafter, realize I have the perfect project for it, if only I had kept the bundle intact

Sometimes the fabric stars align however, and I feel like this was the case when I was finishing up the Blackletter Numbers pattern (does that sound weird? I can’t help but wonder if I should give them a slightly different title). I had a stack of Tula Pink Solids charm squares (with a bit of creative placement, just big enough for the 5″ square size blocks), and a large piece of this neon Rifle Paper all-over floral sitting nearby.

I’m always a bit over optimistic about how much fabric I can get away with in my own paper piecing, which can sometimes lead to heartbreak. For these blocks you need a solid 2/3 of a yard for the background, and 1/2 yard total worth of scraps or fat eighths for the numbers themselves. This will work for both sizes included in the pattern:

– SQUARE – finished size 5″ x 5″

– TALL – finished size 5″ x 6.375″. The tall blocks are designed to work with the Uppercase and Lowercase Blackletter alphabets and the pattern includes instructions on how to use them together.

Now in the shop, either on its own or as part of the bundle with upper and lowercase letter blocks.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about Blackletter Numbers, or paper piecing in general!