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Monday, November 14, 2016

A Cradle Quilt in The Ladies' Home Journal

Detail of a quilt from about 1900.
The block is plain pink calico and the sashing is pieced of
blue and white geese and stars.

The unknown quiltmaker probably found her inspiration in The Ladies Home Journal
magazine in October, 1894, where Sybil Lanigan wrote an article on the "Revival of the Patchwork Quilt."

Lanigan shows the pattern as Cradle Quilt and says it "was made by a grandmother a good many years ago... Even the Canadian who gave this pattern owned that it was a great deal of work..."

The hardest part may have been figuring out the pattern from the picture and the description.

Crib quilt from about 1900
Possibly inspired by the picture: cradle quilt with a star in the center.

But then you find these.
This plain block with a pieced sashing may have been what Lannigan was talking about.
Like last week's Paragon, a difficult pattern to figure out from a small square in a magazine.

UPDATE: Wilene posted a comment noting
this cover of the Ladies Art Company's catalog,
which was probably the inspiration for many quilts.


Here's a detail from another quilt from the same time period.

I think this example on the diagonal is from the Wisconsin project.

From Cindy's Antique Quilts

Lanigan also suggested the triple geese border, 
"On a larger scale...might be used very effectively."

Or it would make an unusual strip quilt.

3 comments:

  1. Similar to the Ladies' Home Journal pattern in October 1894 is the Fox and Geese Quilt Block in Hearth and Home, April 1898. In 1928, Ladies' Art Company in St. Louis created a variation of these two patterns as the front cover of their redesigned catalog.

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    1. Thanks for pointing that out Wilene. I'll post a picture of the LAC cover.

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  2. I like the blue and brown version. In fact I like blue and brown in general, so this crib quilt would be a nice way to use my scraps from larger blue and brown projects. Thanks for the inspiration! Now, who can I get to piece all those dang triple geese strips? I know from experience it can be hard to keep any line of fkying geese straight. Perhaps paper piecing is the answer.


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