Monday, September 17, 2018

Bachelor's Puzzle: All Y Seams All Day

A complex pattern

Look in a corner of the quilt and here is the block:
BlockBase #2537

Bachelor's Puzzle
or Pinwheel in the Kansas City Star in the 1930s.

Easier to see the design with sashing.

A tied comforter from the Michigan Project & the Quilt Index,
by Judith Green

No Y seams if you add seams, just a lot of pieces, though.

Another way to look at it from Moore About Nancy

Monday, September 10, 2018

Moon Rise

A great looking quilt in chrome orange and indigo blue dots
from eBay seller gb-best a while ago. Looks about 1890-1920.

What is the pattern? I don't believe I've ever seen it before.
Looks like a big orange moon.

First I decided the block was this nine patch maybe set with a strip alternating balls, squares and triangles.


Or maybe this is the block, a star with a circle in the center 
Set with the same sashing.
Doesn't make much sense. 

Kind of like Clara Stone's Moon & Star but with pieced sashing?

Then I recalled my usual plan of attack, which is to look for the repeat in the corner.

Up in the top left corner right under the white border.

A nine patch with a nine patch in the center, and curves in the corner.

I drew it in Electric Quilt

It's related to those Jacob's Ladder designs that were so popular about 1900.

Repeated it 49 times.
But that's not it.
7x7 set, 12" blocks = 84" square

Tried rotating every other block 90 degrees. That's it.

It's not in BlockBase but I'm giving it a number 1798 and I'm calling it Moon Rise.
Should be on the Equal Nine Patch with Curves page.

Here's a free quilt pattern.

Cutting a 12" Block

A = Cut 2 squares 4-1/2".
B = Cut 4 squares 4-7/8". Cut each in half diagonally to make 2 triangles. You need 8 triangles.
C = Use the templates. Cut 2 each.
D = Use the templates. Cut 2 each.
E = Cut 9 squares 1-7/8".
Print this sheet out 8-1/2" x 11"

Monday, September 3, 2018

Wreath of Leaves: The 1.20s

A beauty from Stella Rubin's inventory
Encyclopedia of Applique #1.22

Basic applique block--- a lot of leaves.

In my Encyclopedia of Applique the index begins with wreaths and leaf blocks, numbered in the 1.20s.  

Variations on 1.22, a relatively popular antebellum album block

From an auction at Cowan's about 7 years ago.
1.22 in the corners

Variation of #1.21
These are among the simplest applique blocks for learning some skills
in curved shapes. In this one, currently for sale online, you don't even have
to worry about points.

Half red/half green---a bud

A 1930s variation, no number.
A little awkward

Another awkward version, probably from the 1960s when applique
skills seemed to crater.

You can do better than that!

You could add some fruit but that's a whole different number.

Flowers make it more complex.

As complex as you like.

Addie Little seems to have needed to fill up the empty space.
See her whole sampler, dated 1862, in the Museum at Michigan State University
here at the Quilt Index:

You need a leaf template or two, some folded bias and a circle template
(I like an old 45 record.)

Stars always good.

Monday, August 27, 2018

A Wedding Ring Chain

An unusual pattern.

Both of these vintage examples from eBay seller

I've had a lot of questions about the pattern over the years.
And few answers.

Here's the four-block repeat

And here's the block.

It's NOT in BlockBase. I guess it should be in the category
of Miscellaneous with curves, but it's not.

It must have been a published pattern. All the photos of vintage examples
seem to be from the 1940s, '50s, maybe 1960s.

Some better pieced than others, but looking pretty much the same.

Until lately:

Cathy Kirk's Chain Reaction from Denyse Schmidt prints

Cathy Kirk sells pattern and templates for Chain Reaction:

And I do believe Nancy Landon might sell a pattern
for Unchained Melody at her Cactus Quilt Shop.

The templates come in three sizes.

Ivan and Lucy made a version in 1930s reproductions:

Which they call Chain Link.
Here's their Etsy shop:

But it must have been a published pattern with a name seventy years ago or so.

Someone called my attention to a vintage example that quilt dealer Julie Silber posted a few months ago. It looks to be appliqued...and round. Roundish.

UPDATE: I should have asked Merikay Waldvogel before I posted this.
It's from the Laura Wheeler/Alice Brooks syndicate. Link of Friendship
published in 1944.

And one more version: