Monday, August 13, 2018

Lewis & Clark

I showed this lone block from my collection on my Facebook page a while ago. It's #2922
in BlockBase with several pattern sources and names.

Ladies Art Company Pattern #146
Joseph's Coat

One popular source was the Ladies' Art Company. The St. Louis Company sold patterns and finished blocks through the mail beginning about 1890, which may be when this block was made. Is my lone block one of the cloth blocks you could buy from them through the mail?

Another source was the Clara Stone syndicated pattern company from Massachusetts,
which called it Lewis & Clark.

I've got a few other examples in the picture files. Here's one in a top from about 1900.
done as a block. It's an nicely balanced block with a lot of shading possibilities.

Three Southern quilts from the Quilt Index, made about 1880-1910:

Detail of a Tennessee version made by Cintha Jane McFarland Reed.
The perfect Southern quilt:
Bold colors
Triple Strip Sashing

Same idea by Elizabeth Whitley in North Carolina

Block on point!
Unknown maker, seen in West Virginia

It's been published several times.

It was in Carrie Hall's 1935 book as Joseph's Coat.
This is the block from the Hall collection at the Spencer Museum of Art.

She used a lot of color although her purples have faded to gray. The use of the Ely & Walker calicoes is kind of unusual for her. And so is that bad seam on the right side. I wonder if she made this block. But it is in her block collection.
Here it is in the Famous Features booklet Bible Favorites.

I had BlockBase make a Quick Quilt of the pattern and it certainly is an interesting all over set with the dominant light star here echoed in a darker red star. I tried some other ideas by overlapping duplicates of Hall's blocks.

Interesting secondary patterns here too. How would you construct it?

A different way of looking at it, rotated so the yellow squares are on the square rather than on point.

You could construct this variation with this as the block.
It's BlockBase #2039 King's Crown.

And this as the set.
Well it's cool if complicated.

See free pattern for a 10" block of the original Lewis & Clark/Joseph's Coat.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Pincushion Variation

An interesting pattern from the 1930s.

Not in BlockBase.
I've analyzed the pattern several ways.
You could look at it as a square in a square block with curves. The blocks set in a white sash with a purple cornerstone.

It should be near #2684 New Moon
and #2685 Dolly Madison's Workbox
but it's not. Notice the extra seam in the outside curved piece.

So it might be a new number 2684.5.

Or you could look at it like this, where the purple square
is in the middle of the block.

But that has no number either.
I have another example of this design, also from the mid-20th-century.

Polka dots always a good choice.

How to draw a pattern? Here's an EQ sketch of the corners.

Or maybe like this.

Or both

Print this PDF for a 12" block.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Carlie Sexton's Rose of Sharon

A four-block pattern with a Caesar's Crown variation in the center.

Made by Mary Claypool Moore
Arizona project & the Quilt Index

Online Auction

All the examples in my files seem to come from this Carlie Sexton pattern.

Sexton ran a pattern business in the teens into the 1930s.
Here's her original vintage version.

It's #17.34 in my Encyclopedia of Applique

Here's one from Susan Price Miller's collection.
She's the expert on Carlie Sexton.
Read her AQSG paper here at the Quilt Index:

Blocks plus border

UPDATE: Jerrianne in Texas emailed a photo of a quilt the Lakeview Quilters are selling at their annual auction on August 20th. Jerrianne's sister bought the top at a guild auction in Corsicana, Texas a while ago and donated the top to the guild for last year's auction.

 The borders were a mess. They guess the maker tried to design her own border but she couldn't get it to fit so she never sewed it on. Jerrianne worked on the border, moving pieces and making some new ones. Jean stitched the borders and Cindy Gravely did a fabulous job of quilting it.

"The edge of the background fabric has “Honor-Pure Finish” stamped in red. Via a web search, we found the fabric is J C Penney Co in 1925. Sold for 15¢ per yard."
And you can buy this recently restructured Rose of Sharon. The Lakeview Quilters auction is August 20, 2018. Check it out here:

The block's got got everything.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Checkerboard Trees

Pictorial tree designs were popular after 1880 or so.
But the tree tops are usually pieced of triangles.

Checkerboard tree tops are a subcategory.

"Little Beach Tree" 
(I think she meant Beech tree)

The Ladies's Art Company first offered a pattern about 1890.

The Ladies's Art sold several interesting tree designs.

Ruby McKim drew a pattern for the Kansas City Star
in the late 1920s...

which may have been the inspiration for the sampler block
with name embroidered. It's constructed as a four patch.

A variation.

Carrie Hall's version from the Spencer Museum collection

More checkerboard trees from BlockBase

Dolores Hinson designed this one for her book Quilters Companion
and called it Tree of Temptation. The four patch squares are apples.

Different construction from Carrie Hall's book. She called it
Tree of Temptation---red squares are apples. See pattern below.

Hall left just a few quilts and one of them was inspired by a newspaper design to
celebrate the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.

1932, Lydia LeBaron Walker
This version is also an apple tree, the symbol of the truthful first President
who is supposed to have said "I cannot tell a lie."

Washington Bi-Centennial Quilt by Carrie Hall, 1932
Spencer Museum of Art.

 BlockBase measurements for a 16" block for Hall's Tree of Temptation.

Use green and white polka dots and you have Apple Blossoms