Manx Quilt Block Kit
Hand stitching and favorite fabrics are all you need to sew a traditional Manx quilt block. The technique was developed off the coast of England on the Isle of Man, likely in the mid-nineteenth century.
The block, characterized by a center red square representing the hearth of the home, is constructed using strips that are folded to create pleats. The block can be created with few tools—and uses the measurements of the maker’s hand instead of a ruler.
- Red linen square
- Assorted light-colored fabrics, 2–3" wide in various lengths
- Assorted dark-colored fabrics, 2–3" wide in various lengths
- Muslin backing
- Hand-sewing thread & needle
- Printed pattern
This rustic quilt square resembles a traditional Log Cabin block, and while there is speculation that one may have influenced the other, there is no known connection between the two.
Originally, the fabric was torn, not cut—sometimes with the maker’s teeth, instead of scissors or snips.
The block is hand sewn onto a muslin backing, with pleats concealing what were possibly imperfect stitches made by the light of a kerosene lamp.
Our thanks to quilter Amy Smart for introducing the Manx block and its history to so many of us.