Monday, June 17, 2019

Ladies' Chain or All Kinds

Block from a quilt in classic 1890-1920 style.

Wine reds, blacks, grays and lots of blue

BlockBase # 3071 & 3072 

The pattern is rather unusual although it was published several times
in those decades. The rectangles extending into the corners can vary in proportion.

From the Ladies's Art Company. They probably modified
an earlier Clara Stone design.

Clara Stone catalog illustration

Here's #3071 as a QuickQuilt from BlockBase set all over.

I was talking to the people at Electric Quilt the other day and they told me that BlockBase, the computer program developed from my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, will soon be out of print. 

The operating system is getting archaic so if you know anyone who would like to have a digital tool for identifying and printing 4,000 patterns they should buy their copy soon as there are only a few left.

Do realize it is only for Windows Operating Systems and it is on a disk
so your PC has to have a disk slot. 
Or as PatA says in the comments:
You can get USB connected CD drives but I've found you should buy one with a separate power cord.
We are working on a new edition with an updated operating system but it will not be done for over a year...re-drawing 4,000 patterns takes time.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Aunt Vina from Richmond

The block is BlockBase #1654 with many names.

The earliest publication I've seen for this pattern is Hearth & Home magazine about 1915 when the editor asked readers to send in patterns named for the state capitals. Richmond is the capital of Virginia.

Aunt Martha in the 1930s published it as Aunt Vina's Favorite.
Perhaps Aunt Vina subscribed to Hearth and Home

 The quilts below from the Quilt Index were probably inspired by the Hearth & Home pattern so would probably date from the teens or early 1920s.

Elizabeth Mead, New York project

Michigan Project

Ruth Owens Davidson, Nebraska project

Style at the time dictated heavy sashing and blocks on the straight.

Arizona Project

Counterchange shading alternating dark on light and light on dark

The block with its checkerboard has some design potential

Becky Brown shaded it so a star is the central image. This block
is from our Civil War Sampler book. It makes interesting secondary designs in an all-over set.

I exported the pattern from BlockBase into EQ8 and tried some other ideas.

Corners shaded opposite. 36 blocks set all over style
12" Block = 72" Square.

The counterchange idea

Blocks on point was an old-fashioned idea in 1915
but this is an interesting way to make the most of the little four-patches.

84" square

Here are links to two different posts I've done on the pattern as Richmond.


Monday, June 3, 2019

Hospital Sketches Block #5: Pineapple

Block #5 in Hospital Sketches
Pineapple by Marty Webster...

This month's Block of the Month over at the Civil War Quilts Blog

Variations on this block may be in the top three standards
for applique albums (#1 & #6 in Hospital Sketches being the other two.)

Virginian Esther Blair Matthews inked the name as two words,
"Pine Apple" in her 1858 Shenandoah Valley Album Quilt.

 Ruth Finley called it a pineapple in her 1929 book and that
is what we call it.

Pineapple variations are classified in my Encyclopedia of Applique,
 page 70, numbered 9.70 to 9.79

From Vermont's Shelburne Museum

Album from Maryland advertised by dealer Bettie Mintz a few decades ago.
Four pineapple blocks are included.

In 1853 V. Cooke of Franklin, North Carolina entered a
 "Pine Apple Quilt" in a fair, winning $2.

Knowing how popular the design was I bet V. Cooke's looked a lot like this.

Rhode Island Project & the Quilt Index

Elizabeth Heldman Walther
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
International Quilt Study Center & Museum

Secondary role between Cleveland Lily blocks.

I'd say those pineapples are upside down---
but there are no rules in applique. 

See more on pineapple blocks in Baltimore album quilts at this post:

Monday, May 27, 2019

Iowa Star or Texas Ranger

About 1890-1920

The pattern is BlockBase #2982,
Iowa Star or Texas Ranger

The quilt above may have been made from the Texas Ranger pattern
in American Woman magazine in 1902.

The Ladies' Art Company probably copied their design,
changed its name to Iowa Star and included it in their
early 20th century catalog.

Iowa Star from the Ladies' Art

Most of the examples I've found are mid-19th-century

Maybe inspired by the Ladies Art Company's catalog
which may still be in print.

Or by Carrie Hall's block pictured in her 1935 book
as Iowa Star. The proportion of the triangle changes.

Two blocks in a sampler quilt from about 1890-1920

Pepper Cory's collection
From Kentucky

This one isn't done in a block but rather as an all-over type of pattern.

The way this older quilt is pieced, red diamonds pieced to stars. This one's a variation with
an extra square inside the center square.

There are a lot of variation on the basic pattern structure,
adding more triangles and changing them to diamonds.
This would be a nice block of the month, a kaleidoscope
extravaganza. All Y seams, all day.

Maybe next year.

The pattern was published as Forgotten Star in the Prudence
Penny column of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

See a related pattern at these posts: