Monday, June 18, 2018

Hands All Round

Hands All Round quilt about 1900
from Linda's collection at Treasuredquiltsuk blog

This popular pattern was called variously:
Hands All Around
All Hands Round
Hands All Around
It's #4044 a and b in BlockBase

The name was familiar in the mid-19th century. An 1852 poem celebrating English nationalism by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Hands All Round" had a chorus involving a toast. The Art of Dancing, published in 1859 mentions a dance move for a jig: "All Hands Round."

I couldn't find any versions of the quilt going back to the 1850s though. Most seem to date from after 1900....

with lots from the mid-20th century after the patterns were

From Aunt Martha

She used Aunt Martha's color choices--- green, pink & white

The Quilt Index has records of a few but none with dates inscribed.

By Mary Plaisted Taggart
From the New York Project.

The family story on this one found in the North Carolina project
is that friends in Lawrence, Kansas made it for Elizabeth Butler in 
1917 when she moved to Nebraska.

Hands All Around from the Kansas City Star in 1935 sent in by a 
Missourian, mentioning a barn dance call.

It wouldn't be an easy design to make. In BlockBase
it's classified as Miscellaneous, based on rather odd
seam lines.

Hands All Round from the Ladies Art Company
in the 1928 catalog.

Ruth Finley showed a version on point in her 1929 book calling it Friendship Knot or Starry Crown---also on the miscellaneous page (#4045) and it looks harder to sew.

A signature quilt dated 1932---#4045

In thinking about the sources for the odd construction I am reminded of the Whig's Defeat, a combination pieced and appliqued design that was quite popular in the South after 1850 or so. Perhaps the block evolved from that older design.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Layered Rose Applique

Rose from the Silber/Reuther collection at Mary Stricker's Quilt

Here's a mid-19th-century floral applique that
one might call unsophisticated.

Julie and Linda showed the quilt in 1981 at the Oakland Museum.

The design looks like it might be one of a kind but it was a pattern passed around somehow.
It has an Encyclopedia of Applique number---
37-298. My source was a Prudence Penny column in an old newspaper.

Collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
This might be one of the most sophisticated versions.

The additional embroidery indicates it was
meant to be a moss rose, a popular garden rose in the mid-19th century.
The buds and leaves have a mossy fuzz.

Old-fashioned moss rose

Quilt alternating two rose blocks

The patterns vary but have scalloped layers of pink and red to
indicate layers of rose petals.

Arianna had one for sale on eBay alternating blocks with
white squares for fancy quilting.

Molly at Fourth Corner Antiques showed a potted rose.

 This one looks like there is white space between the pink and red layers but
that is a blanket stitch

(Very mid-19th-century technique)

The design has relative in the rose family

Moss Rose by Susan Black Stayman, Collection of
the Helen F. Spencer Museum of Art. Slashed reverse applique
instead of pink and red layers

And several in the fruit family---Perhaps a strawberry from a Pook & Pook auction.

Here's a later 19th-century green fading to gray and tan.

The last, latest version is simple enough to provide a digital drawing
you could use as a pattern. Double the size here for a 18" block.

See Susan Black Stayman's quilts here:

Monday, June 4, 2018

Broken Stone

Elleretta found this photo and wanted to know the pattern name.

It's difficult to see the repeat block but it's familiar.

The quilt in the photo looks like silk but it's hard to say.
The pattern was published in 1931with three names:
Aunt Martha called it Broken Stone & Lover's Quarrel.
The Rural New Yorker called it New Wedding Ring.

You don't see many examples

Here's one from about 1935 that looks like it was inspired by the Aunt Martha design.

The quarter circles in the corners make almost a perfect circle.
The curves make a complex design---but it's not THAT hard to piece.

Here's one with sashed blocks. Hard to date from the photo.

BlockBase will draw you a pattern any size.
Here's a Quick Quilt version of 16 blocks.

A 10 inch block fits nicely on 8-1/2 x '11" paper.
Here are some templates from BlockBase.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Bride's Bouquet or Nosegay

I probably have a dozen photos of quilts made in this pattern
from the 1930s and '40s.

It was quite popular despite its set-in Y seams.

I never know where to file it because it's so miscellaneous.

But it has a number in the BlockBase Miscellaneous category.

BlockBase #4052
The earliest publication I've found was in the Rural New Yorker farm newspaper in 1933. They called it Bride's Bouquet or Nose Gay Quilt.

The Laura Wheeler/Alice Brooks company
syndicated a pattern--maybe a year or two later.

And in 1937 when the Kansas City Star was asking readers to send in their
favorites Anna A. Threlkeld of Waynesville, Missouri sent The Nosegays.

You could set it by rotating the blocks, which
several quilters did.

Pat Sloan found this pastel delight on eBay.

Here's a variation. Cockcomb attributed to H. H. VerMehren's mail order business
in the 1930s.

An 8" finished pattern from BlockBase

See Tim Quilts for a post. I am not surprised he has a top in the pattern. It's just the kind of thing he likes.