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Aviation History Month Celebrated with Demonstration of Plane Thinking Quilt Block Pattern

WEBWIRE offers free quilt block pattern and new video showing how to sew the Plane Thinking Quilt Block.

Since November is Aviation History Month, Penny Halgren, master quilt block maker, took the opportunity to combine her family’s history in aviation with her love for quilt making to produce information for beginner quilters who would like to learn how to sew curves in quilt blocks.

“The Plane Thinking quilt block resembles a propeller on an airplane as you look at it nose to nose. It’s a fun and relatively easy block to make, with 4 easy curves and 17 squares,” Halgren notes.

Halgren’s family history dates back to the days of Charles Lindberg. Her grandfather was a pilot and flew with Lindberg around the San Diego area. One of her uncles, Ray Whitcomb, was a Navy pilot; her other uncle, Ken, was a pilot for the Strategic Air Command out of Riverside; and her father, Keith pioneered cleaning compounds for aircraft during and after World War II. Her dad also worked on the Apollo Space program.

A quilt block is a square that is divided into a grid of square patches. Each patch can be sub-divided into other shapes – i.e., triangles or rectangles – and then different fabric is placed in these sub-divisions to create the design.

In the Plane Thinking quilt block, each corner patch has a curved subdivision that forms the curves of an airplane engine, and the color placement of the squares creates the illusion of a propeller. is a resource for hundreds of quilt block patterns. Each pattern comes in several different sizes. For example, most 9 patch quilt blocks are available with full size templates in 6, 9, 12, or 18 inch block patterns.

Free quilt block patterns are available for the quilt blocks demonstrated in each video. You can watch the video archives by registering on the site.

Visit: to view the demonstration of the Plane Thinking quilt block in addition to videos posted in the site Archives. The Plane Thinking pattern, plus hundreds of other traditional quilt block patterns and free Christmas fabric postcard patterns are available on the site.


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