As I thumbed through an old Aunt Martha booklet, published January 1953, I came across a pattern called Kansas Dug-Out and immediately thought of the Powerhouse Museum and Aunt Clara's quilt. The only difference between the two patterns is Aunt Clara overlaps the blocks, sharing each of the elongated hexagons between two blocks. I love the detail of Aunt Clara, kind of like a crazy quilt.
One day I would like to make the Aunt Clara version, but for now I am going to have a little fun with the Kansas Dug-Out version. And, in keeping with my plan, a small quilt it will be. So, over the weekend I prepared all the pieces and hand stitched my first block.
Luckily I discovered, as I was preparing my plastic templates that the pattern provided by Aunt Martha was flawed. The square was not square and the hexagon measured slightly different at each end. Human error or printing error, I'm not sure, but it is always a good idea to check the match of templates before proceeding.
Until next time.....happy quilting!