Monday, October 26, 2020

Arkansas Centennial


Joyce's block certainly jumps off the cover of
the new edition of the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.
We asked stitchers to choose a block and send it in. Hers
is #2765 published in the Kansas City Star in  1937
as Arkansas Centennial.

#2765 is an unusual block, all curved seams, a variation of Kaleidoscopes with straight sides

but more challenging.

Arkansas Centennial has a few cousins with eight curved seams meeting in the center.,

See posts on pattern relations here:

But not many people other than Joyce seem to have attempted this design.

A quick quilt from BlockBase shows a secondary
pattern in the corners.

12" pattern from BlockBase

Arkansas Centennial certainly looks good on the cover.
Thanks, Joyce.

Monday, October 19, 2020


How about that for a quilt pattern?

I looked in the corner for the block.

It's a four patch repeated 25 times in the above quilt.
Is that quilt from the early 20th century or the late 19th?

I drew it in EQ8.

It's not in BlockBase (and it won't be in the new
 Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns either, I just discovered the picture.)

It should be somewhere around the low 1400s, Four Patches Miscellaneous Construction,
kind of like Arkansas Traveler at the top.
I gave it a "should be number" 1402.3 right between the H and the T.

You could look at the repeat like this but that's not in
the Encyclopedia either.

Print this sheet out about 8-1/2 x 11"
and there's a pattern for a knockout quilt.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Wheel of Mystery

A complicated graphic but looking at the block it's pretty simple.
A Maltese Cross style block in a bold sashing.

Simple, except for getting 8 seams to meet in the center.

BlockBase #2764
The oldest name is Winding Ways from the Ladies Art Company
or maybe Nashville from Hearth & Home magazine about the same time.

Buttercup from a Grandma Dexter catalog in the 1930s

The design was most popular in this counterchange shading
alternating dark & light blocks. To get the repeat you need to
see it as four blocks.

So it's also in Four-Patches as #1512.

Pink & white from Cindy's Antiques.
The pattern requires some real piecing skill in this four-patch format.

Precise matching of a lot of curved seams...

You could make it a little easier and draw those
side seams as straight lines.

Then it's another number #2709
published in the Star as Ice Cream Cone

Straight sides. Quarter circle curves,

Or just give up the curved seam idea completely and call it a Kaleidoscope... 

with a different number #2704

Parquetry for a Quilt Block
Kansas City Star

See a post here:

Monday, October 5, 2020

A Pitcher of Water

A few weeks ago Ileana down in Texas posted this
unusual pitcher quilt on ebay

1930 -1960, estimated date.

A close relative
perhaps a little older with more triangles.

Not a published pattern.

Meant to look like a glass pitcher with cut or pressed design.

There may be a meaning to the pitcher image that we don't see...

Bayou Bend Collection
Houston, Texas
...symbolizing a pitcher of water, the temperance drink
in contrast to the whiskey jug.

The Orangetown Museum in Rockland County, New York owns an album quilt made for Elizabeth Griffiths in 1852. A poem describes the symbolism in some of the blocks. For this appliqued pitcher:

"Then the one by Mrs. Sarah Haring
Has a flower like the rose of Sharon,
Also a pitcher, let up fill our glass
And let us have the Maine law come to pass."

In a post 8 years ago I wrote: "The Maine Law was a temperance law---I think we can interpret this as a water pitcher symbolizing support for temperance."

Don't have many pitcher quilts in the picture files and no published patterns.
This string variation from a Lone Star Study Group meeting.
Looks about 1900-1930.