Monday, October 15, 2018

Chains & Paths

I saw this quilt in an online auction a few months ago.
It's a great effect from some simple patchwork.

About 1900
Just a lot of simple patchwork.

The basic unit is the quarter circle in a square
that we would call a Drunkard's Path block.
That yellow embroidery is a nice touch.

The repeat is a block like this
set on point

This arrangement and shading set all over has a BlockBase number
#1455, published by the Kansas City Star in 1942 as Chain Quilt.

I've got some other examples. This one from the Tennessee Project
and the Quilt Index is by Frankie Tatum Williams, made in Mississippi, about 1900.

Hard to date from the photo

Both of these are set on the square

A detail of Frankie's shows you the shading, all the half
circles are one shade, all the backgrounds another---look like Turkey reds.
The units are rotated --- two corners go up and down, the other two corners go down and up.

Elvispeth blog shows a contemporary version.

Here's a related block.

#1458 Only one rotation with two different shadings.
Three of the units go one way, the tail section is rotated.

Switch out the shading and make half the backgrounds dark and half light.

Quilters Newsletter attributed it to the Kansas City Star, but I've never found the original clipping. They called it Dove and it does look like a bird in flight, particularly if you isolate the four patch with alternate plain block or sashing.

In a house quilt I found floating around online.

Set all over it has a different number #1459.
But the differences are so subtle that I overgeneralized.

We're going to have to ignore

Here's Aunt Martha's Vine of Friendship
first published in 1932. 
Needs a new BlockBase # 1459.5

Things are getting tricky.
Aunt Martha published Diagonal Stripes in 1958. It's not quite the same.
Needs a new BlockBase number 1459.7

No rotation, all the curves go the same way
but half are dark quarter circles and half light.
And one last chain.
A different rotation of the four units with 2 dark quarter circles and 2 light.

A vintage example. How old?

My mind is boggled.

Here's Aunt Martha's pattern for related blocks. If you print it out 7" wide you'd have a pattern for a unit about 3-1/2".

Monday, October 8, 2018

Gypsy Trail or Snake in the Hollow

A strange pattern but it's just a double fan.

Two fans in each block

The small red curved piece is what catches your eye.

It's in BlockBase as #3353, but the published names Gypsy Trail and Snake in the Hollow come from 1970s publications. It must have been published earlier in the 1940-1970 years. These three quilts look to be from that date.

From the Quilt Index
This one's in the collection of the Museum at Michigan State University. I
think it was once in Merry Silber's collection. The dealer said it was found
in an Indiana attic.

I made a QuickQuilt in BlockBase of #3353.
And that's the only one I am going to make---
A lotta curved seams.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Odd Fellows March

The Antebellum Album block for September on my Civil War Quilts blog;
This new block by Denniele Bohannon

See post & pattern here:

Block from about 1885
It's one of my favorites.

And I see I have quite a few orphan blocks.

Maybe 1900

And a very skewed top with a variation from about 1850, which has some great fabrics in it.

Some of which I reproduced. The madder red print above was in one of my Civil War lines
with the center square being the repro. I had to cut out the original square and send it away to
be copied (before I had a scanner.)

Album quilt by the North Falmouth Congregational Church in 1850
See page 276 of Massachusetts Quilts for the whole glorious photo.

The Antebellum Album Block of the Month is drawn from popular friendship blocks in the pre-Civil-War years. This flying geese variation was a fashionable design for signature quilts then.

It's #2902 in BlockBase. 

I  found it published several times when I wrote my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns decades ago. And now I've found older published examples.

Godey's Lady's Book published it in October, 1858 with no name.

Here's the block.
You didn't get much information in a quilt pattern in 1858.
The Ladies' Home Journal published
Odd Fellows' March in 1894.
Did the Odd Fellows refer to the fraternal organization or the scrappy triangles?

Now that I have better information about the 1911 Clara Stone catalog I see her
Baltimore Belle design has more triangles.

A variation (geese flying in rather than out of the block) is in the corner of Charlotte Gillingham's early album (1842-3) in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

And there are two variations in the Ella Maria Deacon quilt at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ella's is dated 1841-2 and the signers are from New Jersey.

Quilt dated 1847 and signed M.E.H.
from Forsyth's Auctions

I was surprised to find this block as a popular album design, but that square in the center is perfect for a sentiment of some kind.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Spinning Triangles

Pattern with plenty of potential. 
I found this vintage example on Camille's Pinterest Page

As a square block it's BlockBase # 2754, published in Capper's Weekly about 1930 with no name that I've been able to find.

It was in Carrie Hall's book as Spinning Triangles and here's her version
 in her block collection at the Spencer Museum of Art. She pieced it as an
octagonal block.

Eight-sided blocks are in BlockBase
as 296----
Again Evening Star from the Kansas City Star.

Evelyne Foland showed it as an octagon in the Kansas City
Star in 1930. She told readers to make an octagonal pillow, which may have
reduced reader frustration levels.

But many stitchers joined the octagonal block with a small square.

The Arizona Project found one made by Mary M. Rinehart.

Here the spacer square is blue.

There seems to be some variety in the number of triangles.

Wonderful mid-century composition: gray spacer squares
with blue triangles to fill out the edges.

I have been tempted to piece this (EPP-style over papers) but
I'd organize the triangles into square blocks with a half-square triangle in the corners.

BlockBase #2736 
"Spider Web Gone Awry"???

Great example from about 1875 to 1900
offered by French Antiques on eBay last year.
I was surprised to see the pattern in a quilt this old...

Once I started looking I found another earlier version of #2736,
this one from about 1900 in the Quilt Index,
courtesy of the Rhode Island Project. The variegated color
certainly has some appeal.

Sashing changes the focus.

I have learned the hard way (all geometry is learned the hard way for me) that the basic triangle is NOT an equilateral triangle. It is a tall triangle, which repeats into  a tall triangle.
If you begin with an equilateral triangle the block becomes a hexagon, 
Hexstatic by Ali Winston

NOT an octagon.

(In the current age of lies I am totally denying that I ever made this mistake.)

Print this out and you should have a triangle 3" tall.

An isoceles triangle. Use a half-square triangle as the second piece in the corners.

Katie Clarke Blakesly shows you the basics of piecing a simple block here:

Two contemporary color variations by Joyce Gieszler who
calls it Grandma's Surprise.

And here's a page of isoceles triangles at Paper Pieces: