Antique Tile and Nancy Cabot

As I wrap up work on more UFOs (hopefully to share with you soon!), I am letting myself cut into new projects with much less guilt. This week I added a few more fabrics to one of the stacks I posted last month.

And added in those adorable typewriters from Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Shining line.

This block is actually a traditional design called Antique Tile by Nancy Cabot. Some of you probably know that I have a weird obsession interest in Nancy Cabot. I don’t know why, but it seems that so many times when I see a traditional block I think would look great in a modern quilt, it’s by Nancy Cabot. It’s also cool that she was from Chicago and wrote a column for the Chicago Tribune…fun to think of someone like her so close to where I live. Anyway, I like her so much that I made a Flickr group called Nancy Cabot Made Modern full of blocks attributed to her.

I even bought an index with hundreds of Nancy Cabot blocks. It is great! Similar to The Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns, as it shows drawings of the blocks but you need to figure out how to make them.

I really love this Antique Tile block, and it was quite simple to figure out the dimensions. I’ve posted the sizes to cut below for you to create a 12.5″ unfinished block. If you make any of these blocks, be sure to post them to the Fresh Lemons Flickr group as well as the Nancy Cabot Made Modern group!



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    Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy

    March 14, 2012

    Wow, that index looks awesome! And your weird obsession/interest is pretty cool, if you ask me. I think Nancy would have made an amazing geometry teacher and was fantastic at block designing 🙂

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    March 14, 2012

    I think I am starting to love Nancy Cabot too! All the blocks you do of hers I adore! Think I will just have to try this one out too!


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    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts

    March 14, 2012

    Well I love all that you do and think it is quite cool that “old” blocks turn out “modern” once we fiddle with them. 🙂

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    March 14, 2012

    i just love that typewriter fabric~been eyeing it for a while now. love the block!

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    March 14, 2012

    It’s funny, for the past few weeks I have been going through tradition blocks and making them with modern fabrics. They look really great!! I really like the block you made above and may try it with some Taali fabric I am getting.

    BTW, you are a very good teacher and your tutorials are excellent. I am making your Fresh Lemons Quilt right now, but using Jansdotter’s Echo line, and it is looking cool!!

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    Gina f.

    March 14, 2012

    Such a fun block!! I love the fabric and colors you chose!

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    Lee @ Freshly Pieced

    March 14, 2012

    I’m sure Nancy would just love what you’re doing with her blocks, Faith! I love the colors and prints you chose for this one.

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    March 14, 2012

    I am really loving the resurgence of classic block designs. Great color choices!

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    March 14, 2012

    Your block is awesome! I love the modern takes on these traditional blocks! Would it be alright for me to pin the dimensions for this block?
    I’ve taken to asking before I pin and I always try to give credit to the source in my captions 🙂

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      March 14, 2012

      Yes! Definitely 🙂

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    March 14, 2012

    Pretty stack! and I love those block resources. 🙂

    When I can’t get to sewing, my favorite thing to do is create fabric stacks… it’s not my husband’s favorite thing I do, because I tend to leave them out, and they take over our house. 🙂

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    March 14, 2012

    Oh my goodness, that is cute and I am obsessing over the block that is center second row up (in the book), stunning!

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    March 14, 2012

    Beautiful block. Is that book still available?

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    March 14, 2012

    P.S. Isn’t it fun that the book is called Favorite Designs, MODERN and Old? I love that!

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    March 14, 2012

    Loving the typewriters! Telling ya….let’s trade lessons – knitting for quilting 🙂

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    March 15, 2012

    I loved this so much that I had to order the index for myself. I cannot wait for it to get here and get to work. Thank you so much for the great ideas!

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    March 15, 2012

    I absolutely love this block! Thank you for sharing!

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    Dianne Shepherd

    March 17, 2012

    Your post is so inspiring!

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    April 10, 2012

    Hello Faith! I’ve just looked through your flicker photos at your Nancy C workshop? of the x and + blocks… they are gorgeous and an inspiration.
    I’ve recently joined your blog and love your work. I’ve got a ‘Moda A Stitch in Color’ and think with Kona medium grey it would look good as this antique tile block. I shall have a go myself and will be keeping watch for your progress. Thank you for sharing your super ideas!!

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    Sherry V.

    May 16, 2012

    You may want to check out Quilters’ Cache on the web. . .there are thousands of blocks there (many originals) and lots of traditional blocks.

    Antique Tile is one of the patterns that is there — and all the patterns have piecing instructions and fabric amounts needed for one block.

    Just passing on more information. . . . .

    Happy Quilting,


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    Pam Pollock

    September 3, 2012

    Hi Faith, I have been following and enjoying your blog for the last little while. Your site is extremely easy to navigate and I stumbled upon this tutorial. Antique Tile has been haunting me…I have now made a sample block…love it. Thank you!

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    February 28, 2013

    Ok, pics are up on the flickr site! Thanks again for this wonderful pattern. 🙂

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    Barbie K In NC

    May 26, 2013

    Love that block (antique tile) all freshened up! Perused the Flickr group and there are some fabulous blocks and quilts there. I don’t care how many times I see “x & +” I love it! In every color combination!

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    Reena Kaplowitz

    September 28, 2013

    LOVe love love

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    November 25, 2013

    What a thoughtful and generous gesture to share instructions your work is beautiful. thank you.

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    Tiffany Hayes

    October 15, 2015

    Hi there, are Nancy Cabot’s blocks free to use or are they under copyright?


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