Monday, April 12, 2021

T or Tea


1898.5 T or Tea Quilt
from Comfort magazine

Here's a nine patch I found in Comfort magazine
and added to the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns
and BlockBase+. Published in 1911. Found the pattern in Villa Nova University's
periodical collection.

Figured out the seams and sent it to the programmers
at Electric Quilt.

Comfort was a women's magazine, quite popular in its day.
It published many quilt patterns in the 1890-1940 years...

usually picturing the small diagrams used at the time,
this often repeated page published in 1938

And many times, a bad photo of a block
a reader had sent in.

Some better than others, 1910.

But the editors knew what they were doing. Comfort
was the first magazine to have over 1,000,000 subscribers.

It's not that exciting a block but I thought the name
T or Tea was important to include as it is a possible
reference to the Temperance movement.

I thought I'd do some shading in EQ8 so I exported the design and shaded it with some Ladies' Legacy fabrics.

Here it is with 3-inch sashing, the same size
as the center cross in a 12" block.

Then I set blocks all over, block to block.
It makes its own sashing
as these 9-patch blocks with a cross in center often do.

It then becomes a version of this other nine patch---the much more popular Capital T block---with more seams.


So in your Encyclopedia book under #1660 write, See #1898.5 (and vice versa.)
Sometimes it helps to see the big picture.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Wreath of Pomegranates


Small quilt from an online auction. Looks to be 20th-century.
A pomegranate wreath.

There are a lot of wreaths in my Encyclopedia of Applique
but not this one.

Here's another, 1930-1960?, one of a pair of blocks
40" square.

I'd guess this was a pattern passed around in a small community
in Pennsylvania.

An 8" digital picture for a pattern.

We've been looking at pomegranates over at the Quilt History South Facebook page. Not really a Southern regional pattern. It's actually a classic of design that goes back centuries. Fun to see how quilters used it.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Queen's Parasol

Among the dozens of new blocks in the new Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns
is this show-off pieced block:
Queen's Parasol. Twelve seams meeting in the middle.
It's in the category Four Patch with Curves

Workbasket magazine published the pattern in June, 1940, long before Queen Elizabeth thought about parachute jumping to open the Olympics.

(Conspiracy theorists---You are right; that is NOT the real Queen.)

As I recall Workbasket, a small inexpensive and quite popular magazine,
had a centerfold quilt pattern each issue.

It was published in Kansas City, had once been a periodical from Aunt Martha patterns, but they sold the magazine in the 1940s. I interviewed a few people from the magazine and the pattern company 40 years ago and they told me they liked to design new patterns as they worried about copyright issues.
I haven't any photos of any quilts made in the pattern. The closest is pretty tame compared to Queen's Parasol.

Sometimes you get the feeling the Workbasket designers didn't
consider all the angles when planning for actual sewing.
12 seams in the center.

There is no reason you couldn't applique a dot over those 12 seams.
Because it is in the Encyclopedia 3rd edition it is also in BlockBase+.

You would want to piece this template style. Christine at EQ shows you
how to print templates here:

I printed a 9" pattern so everything would
fit on one sheet of paper.
I manipulate the pattern pieces to get them onto one sheet
with that blue arrow at the top right.

The I grab a screen shot and fit it onto an 8-1/2" x 11" inch jpg.

When I talk about templates I have always meant paper shapes that one could trace onto plastic sheeting. But now in the 21st Century EQ tells me you can actually print 3-D plastic templates if you have a 3-D printer. See the blog post here:

"The ability to export SVG files is one of the best features of BlockBase+ and it’s so exciting to learn the creative ways it can be used!" they tell me. Note to self: 

Monday, March 22, 2021

Rectangular Block to Drive One Nuts


A quilt top from an online auction with a pattern to drive a person crazy.
(A person trying to figure out the pattern structure---one already a bit nuts as it is.)

Here's another!

And a third from Jayne's blog on a Wayback Wednesday.

I spent too much time trying to figure out the block, drawing it as a square block...

...Which it is not

If it were square it would be made up of rectangles & half-rectangles.

But that's not it. It is a rectangular block made up of squares and half-squares.

With a rectangular sash at the top and bottom.

Set in rows that are dropped one third.

Very clever!
But what's the published source?
Don't look in the new Encyclopedia or the new BlockBase+. I just figured this out.

The indefatigable Susan Price Miller tells us it is Memory's Chain from Farm Journal. It IS in BlockBase+. I was just not looking at the correct seam lines. It's a Four Patch #1162 pieced of 64 different squares.

In Farm Journal January, 1936 designed by Mabel Hoffecker Collins

Perhaps I was overthinking the whole thing.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Pieced Sunbonnet Sue


Merikay Waldvogel sends a picture of this block,
an appliqued Sunbonnet figure.

She knew the source, a 1937 Laura Wheeler pattern
from the syndicated newspaper column.

Recycled in 1977
as an Alice Brooks design
by the same company

They intended it to be pieced - I've darkened the lines
here. I think that vertical, rather wavy line in the lower left is
meant to be embroidered. You could print this out
8" and you'd have a pattern.

The pattern brings up several questions. Did anyone ever piece it?

 Merikay's appliqued version is the only made-up block we've found.

More questions. What is she doing? 

A music stand?

What is that item on the left?

In the appliqued block it looks like a podium. We like it for a logo for our Six Know-It-Alls lecture.
Next one: Sunday March 21st, 10 AM Eastern Time. Link soon.

But then again, maybe it is a giant martini.

The pattern is in the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns & BlockBase+ 
but I was working from drawings by other indexers and we never quite got
the lines right. If you have an urge to piece it follow the pattern above.