Backwards Friday: Box Quilt

What does Backwards Friday mean?

It means I am going backwards in time to play with quilt blocks of times gone by.

Each Friday, I will introduce a new block from some of the old magazines that I have laying around. I have a few hundred of them, so it will be fun to find new blocks for each Friday. I will research the block. I will write it up, the best way I know, using “modern” methods. Then, I will post the block here for y’all to play with. If you make it, please let me know. You can share pictures on my Facebook wall if you are unable to do so here.

  • Block: Box Quilt
  • From: The Quilter’s Newsletter
  • Issue Date: 1970, #8
  • Description: All colors, light and dark, although of course, two colors are prettier, as for any quilt. May be set together with plain blocks or all pieced work.
  • Description, cont: (Both these items from Hearth and Home, 1895.)




A simply easy pattern but can be quite unique when done.



If you read the, “Dear Bonnie:” above, you’ll see a lady thought it of interest and sent it in to The Quilter’s Newsletter. I agree that two colors are beautiful but I can’t help but wonder what this would look like using patchwork – scrappy – all different flavors and colors? My instructions will create a 12.5″ block.



  • Light: (4) 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (for HSTs) and (1) 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • Dark: (4) 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (for HSTs)



After creating your HSTs out of the lights and darks (each piece listed creates two following my common way of creating HSTs), simply align and sew.




I did not completely sew it together. I was going to and got sidetracked by events going on around me. This is what it would look like, though. Please let me know if you have any questions!


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