This airplane quilt was supposedly found after flying around in the tornado in Joplin, Missouri a few years ago. Let's hope it's been re-united with its owner by now.
Stella Rubin has one for sale with the quilted eagle.
Collector Joanna Rose showed one in her Infinite Variety show
a few years ago. It's hard to see the eagle in the quilting but it's there.
The New England Quilt Museum's airplane quilt also looks to have that quilting
but again it's hard to see.
In 1933 the Aunt Martha pattern company offered a pattern just for the plane in their catalog The Quilt Fair Comes To You. They called it Aeroplane and said "This shows the modern trend and explains how many designs originate." Copying patterns? I doubt that's what they meant but that airplane was such a good idea many pattern companies copied it.
Laura Fisher's Inventory
This pattern (with propeller in various places)
was quite popular
An all appliqued version honoring famous pilots was
sold as a block collection in an online auction a few years ago.
There's a subcategory
Kansas Project & the Quilt Index
Airplanes with circles and/or stars on the wings
International Quilt Study Center & Museum collection
From the Minnesota project & the Quilt Index
Must have been made during World War II,
From the Detroit News in the 1930s
Sent in by a reader of their pattern feature.
The News had their own pattern for
their quilt club, a fat little plane with a triangular tail.
This design (BlockBase #902) was published by
With its nine-patch format it was a popular pattern.
Add a wide white sashing and blue corner squares
to create nine patches.
Texas project & the Quilt Index
Friends of Ophelia Parker Bloys signed blocks with appliqued propellers for
a bridal shower quilt in 1939.
From Julie Silber's inventory. Blocks on the diagonal.
Massachusetts project & the Quilt Index
Planes on the diagonal, blocks on the straight.
Capper's Weekly published this pattern with a pieced propeller in 1930.
The Kansas City Star copied it in 1940.
This is one of the first quilts I made, and an article about airplane patterns is one of the first I published for Quilters' Newsletter in the 1970s.
A friendship quilt from 1933-1937 Claudell Grade School