Block 10 - Coxcomb

We are in Week 10 of The Spicerack Sampler! And this week our block is called Coxcomb!

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Coxcomb Quilt Block


I love the complexity of this design, but I believe I've deconstructed it in a way that makes it fairly simple to put together.  This design is credited to Nancy Cabot.  She wrote for the Chicago Tribune starting back in the 1920s. Cabot started releasing a quilt block pattern each day in the 1930s, in the newspaper.  You could send off for the instructions for five cents! My how times have changed!

This one was so fun to create!

Click the image below to see me assemble this block on YouTube.

YouTube tutorial for the Coxcomb quilt block.


And here are some mock-ups I made in EQ8 to show you what you can do with this block.

This first one, I just repeated the block throughout, all facing the same direction, with the coloring I used on my real block. It is oriented the way I show on my YouTube thumbnail, not in the way it shows in the pic at the top of this blog.

Coxcomb Quilt 1


 For this second one, I kept the same coloring, but decided to alternate the blocks oriented horizontally and vertically, checkerboard-style.  I like what's going on here!

Coxcomb Quilt 2

Next I colored each block with red and blue instead of just one tone.  And then I created an alternate block colored the opposite.  Where I had used red in the first block, I used blue in the second.  And where I had used blue, I then used red.

Then I alternated those blocks, checkerboard style.  And finally, I rotated every other ROW so the first row is vertical blocks and the second row is horizontal blocks, and so on. This one's giving me vintage vibes!

Coxcomb Quilt 3


And finally, I know some of you prefer sashing to have a less-busy design, so here is the same idea as above, but with sashing.

Coxcomb Quilt 4


Which one do you like best? Let me know in the comments below!

As I mentioned above and throughout this series, I whipped up these mock-ups in EQ8.  Do you use EQ8? I am not an affiliate, but I love sharing about how awesome this program is! (I am an Amazon Affiliate--disclosure below.)

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If you're just now joining me in this series, here is a picture of the complete set.  These 12 blocks I'm calling The Spicerack Sampler! They're all classic quilt blocks, but I'm attempting to put a modern spin on each one.  I hope you join me in making these! They range from easy to more challenging, but they're meant to be a skill builder.  I'll walk you through each step and help you add a number of skills to your repertoire!  And these are all traditionally pieced.  No Y-seams, paper templates or foundation paper piecing.

The Spicerack Sampler quilt mock-up.

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