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May 2nd, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 5 – Caldonia

by Julie Hirt

Caldonia is more of a Block Rock’n Blues name.  I’m a jazz and blues fan and thought this was an appropriate song choice for the series.



“Caldonia” is a jump blues song, first recorded in 1945 by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five. A version by Erskine Hawkins, also in 1945, was described by Billboard magazine as “rock and roll”. The first time that phrase was used in print to describe any style of music. – Wikipedia


Pretty cool, huh?  It’s also one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock & Roll.  There are several versions of Caldonia on YouTube (that you should check out!) – here is one of my favorites.


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I really like the blue and orange together.  (thanks GoGoKim for picking these colors)



You can see on the block above that I sewed the white pieces different (switched pieces 6 & 7) to see if I liked the seams better. It looks okay either way but I made the pattern like the other blocks.


I made so many versions because these are for my 4×5 Modern Quilt Bee.  I hope my hive members enjoy their blocks – they picked some great color combinations!  I’m kind of sad to see the blocks go, I need to make one for myself.


I wanted to see how the Caldonia blocks would look as a quilt and I’m in love.  Wouldn’t this make an adorable baby quilt?  Without borders the size would be 36″ x 48″.  There is a baby coming that I need to make a blanket for, hmm…

Due to changes within a Craftsy, I am moving the patterns to Etsy. 
Buy the entire series of 12 blocks for $5 or each block for $1.  

Download HERE

Feel free to share within sewing groups if you use this pattern as your Bee block!
It does NOT need to be purchased multiple times. Same with the series purchase.

If you make this block I’d love to see it:

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From this week forward I’ll be posting a new block every *other* Friday.   I’m hoping the weather shapes up (it’s SNOWING today, in MAY, in KANSAS) and I can start spending some time outside.   Happy Sewing!


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