A CLOUD OF QUILT PATTERNS: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PATTERN IN BLOG FORM UPDATES & ADDITIONS BY BARBARA BRACKMAN

Monday, December 16, 2019

Milady's Fan

The Arizona project documented this quilt of blocks made mid-20th century
and finished by a family member later on.

It's  an Aunt Martha pattern: Milady's Fans

BlockBase #3340

This one from an online auction. Only have a few.


Not often done, probably because there were a few flaws in Aunt Martha's concept.
Like: How did you construct this?
Pieced? There aren't enough seams.
Applique? Nobody wants to applique those angles.

Although some did. This one has purple rickrack edging the
inside curve.


UPDATE: Found this on ebay.
Four the same, arranged in a wheel. So what if there are 24 seams in the center.
That's why they invented polka dots!

It's a cool design with a modern flair.
QuickQuilt from BlockBase

You would want to add more lines to this pattern and piece it over paper foundations.

Here's an 8-inch pattern.

It would look fabuloso!

3 comments:

  1. In the Workbasket publication of this milady's fan pattern (June 1944) there is a cumulative error of 6/16 of an inch when you get the piecing done. So you need to add a 16th of an inch to the top edge of the fan blade piece. But also angle it to be the original width at the bottom.
    But wait, there's more! The block size needs to be 12 1/2 in not 12 in. Because the long tip of the blade runs right on the edge of the block leaving you no seam allowance. I'm still in the planning and testing phase. Wish me luck

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