Free Quilt Block Pattern

I had never heard of the Acanthus quilt block, but with a little research, I found it was designed by "Nancy Cabot", a pen name of Loretta Leitner Rising, who wrote a daily newspaper column for the Chicago Tribune during the 1930s featuring a new quilt block pattern each day. Acanthus was one of those designs.

This easy quilt block features only squares and rectangles and is designed as a seven patch, since it is drafted on a 7 x 7 grid. However, it is sewn as an uneven nine patch for ease in the sewing process.