Monday, July 17, 2017

Flying Swallows

BlockBase #3758
All the quilt photos are from online auctions.

Ruth Finley called this variation on a star block
Circling Swallows, Flying Swallows and Falling Star.

The pattern is hard to see. Here's a BlockBase/EQ7 drawing.

In her 1929 index to patterns, Finley wrote that the pattern dates from about 1800, a very dubious date. I don't have any pictures of the design earlier than the 1930s or '40s. Finley was probably responsible for popularizing it in the 1930s.

The Quilt Index has 8 examples that I could find, dating from the 1930s to the 1980s.

So it's not a really old pattern, but one with a lot of potential.

Laura Wheeler pattern for "Wreath"

Monday, July 10, 2017

Oak Leaf & Cherries: Dots, Dots, Dots

#14.86 in my Encyclopedia of Applique.
My source for the pattern was this quilt pictured in the Texas Quilts, Texas Treasures book from 1986.

Oak Leaf & Cherries, 1890-1900 by Mrs. Dillingham,
Ardmore, Oklahoma

 I was glad to find a second example in the files of the
North Carolina project.

Quilt by Lena Applewhite Thompson
Wilson County, North Carolina.
Last quarter of the 19th century.

Here's a variation, the symmetry based on 8
rotating arms with dots. 

From a dotty sampler pictured in Woodard & Greenstein's Crib Quilts

The caption says Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Then I found this spread on the Cumberland County, Pennsylvania book on quilts seen
in the Letort Quilters Documentation Project.
The documenters saw several examples. They call it Flowers & Bubbles.

A regional favorite. Notice the dots are arranged in threes.

Variations from various places:

A simpler version from 1880-1910.

From an online auction.
Note the checkerboard cornerstone is the same
as the earlier North Carolina quilt.

And if you liked making dots, you could make 12
as in this sampler quilt from the collection of the Briscoe
Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Another quilt from the Texas project.

From an online auction years ago.
Fill up those empty corners with more dots and a few stars.

Print this out 8 inches square
and double it for a pattern for an 18-22" block.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Pineapple ala Carmen Miranda

I found this pineapple on Tim Latimer's blog.
He bought it on eBay.
It has an Encyclopedia of Applique number

I saw a similar pattern in the 1978 Quilt Engagement Calendar,
probably this one that is now in the collection of the New England Quilt Museum.

Quirky as the design is with its reverse appliqued fruit,
I've got several photos of similar quilts.

The whole thing has a Carmen-Miranda look.

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

The one below was documented by the North Carolina Project.

Rowan County, North Carolina

Judy Roche owns this 20th-century block. Dots
instead of slashes in the fruit.

And I found this one on a Pinterest page;
I think it's in Teddy McMahon Pruett's collection.
No reverse applique, no dots.

Tim was inspired to make a copy by the example at the top of the page

He added texture to the fruit with quilting rather than
reverse applique.
Amazing quilting.

See more pineapple patterns here:

Monday, June 26, 2017

Cross Roads

It's hard to see the repeat here.

This is the block.

It's BlockBase #2946

The first publication was by Clara Stone about 1910, who called it
Cross Roads to Bachelor's Hall, 
but she ran a fairly obscure New England pattern company.

The Kansas City Star made it popular by publishing it three
times at least---first under the name Cross Roads in the '30s
Then as Wagon Wheels in the '40s
And also as Broken Circle in the '50s.

Many of the 1930s quilts were probably made
from Eveline Foland's Star pattern about 1930.

The basic design is older than the published patterns.
The Tennessee project found this dramatic red and green version.

Made by an unknown woman about 1890 in Winchester, Tennessee.

A variation with more pieces, again from Quilts of Tennessee.
Made by Eliza Hensley Johnson,1875-1900.

The gray colored shapes are the extra pieces

Online auction. 1890-1920?

You can make a Quick Quilt in BlockBase to show how
the block repeats. The secondary designs certainly offer
a lot of design potential.

A scrappy thirties look

There's also a variation numbered 2947.

Pattern designer Hubert Ver Mehren added an extra square in the arc in the mid-1930s(although it's really not square.) He may have noticed the Star version and decided to change it a little.

An ad for his Colonial Quilt Book

An impressive version of #2947 Cross Roads
from the New England Quilt Museum's collection.

One difference between these patterns is the proportion of
arc to the squeezed, curved, 4-sided shape (gray here).
Ver Mehren showed the squeezed shape as rather wide.

Foland's version also shows it as wide at the point,
but in some it's quite narrow, finishing in a sharp point.