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*How to Sew the NoneSuch, NonSuch or Album Quilt Block

How to Sew the NoneSuch, NonSuch or Album Quilt Block

***Rotary Cutting Directions: Again I refer you back to Mary Ellen Hopkins and her book Connecting Up.   Rotary cutting directions for the infinite number of quilt squares and blocks are beyond the scope of this blog.**

Alternatively, Judy Hopkins wrote a book called "Fit to Be Tied" published by That Patchwork Place in 1990 that is more readily available than Mary Ellen's book.  The book is basically entirely on the Bowtie quilt block, but Judy uses Mary Ellen's connector square technique and does provide cutting guide lines.

I have never found a more definitive source on the subject and I did search the internet before writing this and could not find a definitive source to reference.
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This is a quilt block that probably has half a dozen names depending upon whom you ask; I usually refer to it as the NoneSuch quilt block - I saw the block referenced as the NoneSuch quilt block back in 1986, I liked the name and have used that name ever since.  It has also been known as the Friendship Quilt Block, because it is often used for Friendship Quilts (for all occasions: going away gifts, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, any special occasion to celebrate a special person).
I will be showing you lots of variations of this block at the end of the lesson, but for starters, here is a sample quilt that would be used as a Friendship Quilt because the center area has been made from plain muslin fabric so that people can write good wishes or their signatures   This particular little quilt was a "miniaturized" version of an antique quilt - each of the pieced blocks measures 1" square.

The pictures for this lesson are rather old and come from my long defunct website.  I created it as a humorous lesson featuring a tiny Hitty doll I owned at the time (she has been sold) and a miniature Saint Bernard as my helpers.  The Hitty link takes you to the Wikipedia website for anyone unfamiliar with the book, Hitty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field.  Hitty is a 6 1/4" wooden doll and has since publication of the book, many artists have carved their own versions of her, some selling for thousands of dollars.  I actually have one hard to find dark wood artisan doll for sale here at Ecrater if anyone is interested.

**The lesson is similar to the Half Square Triangle lesson; however, there are 2 different sized squares used for making this block.  The main white muslin square is larger than the 2 smaller fruit print squares.  Again, Mary Ellen Hopkins book covers all this in detail - it takes a book to explain this.**

This technique works best on smaller blocks (I would recommend 5" squares and under for your largest cut size square).  It certainly can be done with larger squares - drawing sewing lines on large squares would be mandatory - it would be impossible to "eyeball" a 12" square.

We begin by selecting our fabrics: Little Hitty has chosen to use the white muslin center and a fruit print for the corners.

Do one corner at a time: lay one smaller square - right sides "kissing" the background white muslin (or whatever print you are using)
I should point out that one step not pictured (it is pictured in the Half Square Triangle Lesson) is that for beginners, you may wish to draw the diagonal line on which you will be sewing.
Remember you are going to be sewing off-set by about the width of a thread.
I have shown the finished sewing line next so you can see the off-set is on the "upper side" of the block; this means the lower side of the square is a bigger triangle and has a tad more room to turn over and fold neatly.  This is the reason you sew off-set by the width of about a thread - it does take practice.
So Let's back-track:
I will assume you have drawn your sewing line; I have sewn hundreds of these blocks, so I am lazy and I just  "eyeball it".  Little Hitty supervises.
Once more we have our sewn off-set seam:
It is Little Hitty's turn to work assisted by the big paw of her Saint Bernard and they do a nice job of folding the square over the seam line.
I finger press to hold it in place and then iron the corner; I chain sew.  I will sew a string of blocks sewing the one corner.  I will then stop, fold and press them all before moving on to the opposite corner.
Repeat same steps for opposite corner.
My little Saint Bernard is holding up the corner square to show you the bottom side had not yet been trimmed.

The finished block (press again after trimming)

**I may at some point in time decide to sell pre-cut fabric squares for this quilt block

Samples and Variations of the NonSuch Block
The same technique is also used for the Melon Block which is also known as the Album Block (and more names than I'm going to post).  Note how by changing colors and position, the look of the finished quilt can completely change.  Some samples are quilt tops sold year ago, a few were samples for a quilt magazine (mostly the miniaturized reproductions of antique quilts) and I actually kept one.

Miniaturized version, antique quilt, 1" square blocks; sold
 Miniaturized version, antique quilt for magazine
 Used all newly manufactured Civil War reproduction floral prints; my own collection
 Miniaturized version of a $365 antique quilt for a magazine
 Miniature blue & white; sold
 Miniature blue & yellow; sold
 Miniaturized version of antique quilt (I bought the quilt, I couldn't resist); sold the finished tiny quilt.  This is the Melon quilt block and the blocks are 1" square; sold
 Another Melon block quilt; 1" square blocks; sold
 Miniature quilt - sample made to highlight how to use stamped fabric squares in quilts; sold
 Miniaturized version, antique quilt, 1" square blocks; sold
Simple yellow & white; 1" square blocks; sold