Half-Square Triangles, Quilt Musings

What’s in a Name?

I’m sure that you’ve all come across the multiple names that the same quilt block may have.  How did that happen?  It seems that as quilt blocks were exchanged among early quilters, the quilters  were likely to change the block name to one that seemed more appropriate to themselves.  In addition they may have altered the block a bit to more reflect their personal tastes.

This bluework quilt  is made up of embroidered and pieced blocks.  bluework 014The pattern notes that the pieced block is known by the following names:  Monkey Wrench, Hole in the Barn Door, Churn Dash, Love Knott, Lincoln’s Platform,  and Sherman’s March.

I did a bit of research on the web:  Monkey wrench, Hole in the Barn Door and Churn Dash seem to be the same as the blocks in this quilt.  There are many variations of the same block.   Among the many are:

  • Lincoln’s Platform  and Sherman’s March – from Marti Mitchell  http://www.frommarti.com/v2blocks.shtml
  • Old Mill Design Hens and Chickens –
  • Shoo Fly – http://www.quilting-in-america.com/shoo-fly.html, and
  • Churn Dash –  http://www.quilting-in-america.com/churn-dash.html from Quilting in America

Monkey Wrench  – this block is said to have alerted slaves to gather tools that they might need on their journey north to freedom.


Churn Dash – refers to the churn dasher used to turn milk into butter.  This block has been in continuous use in South Carolina for more than 150 years.


Hole in the Barn Door    – The difference in this block and the Churn Dash is that the block is in a 2:1:2  rather than 2:2:2 format. (source: blogspot  The Hole in the Barn Door)

Hole in the Barn Door Button Escape designed by BOMquilts.com with Embellishments from Button Mad
















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