Monday, April 12, 2021

T or Tea


1898.5 T or Tea Quilt
from Comfort magazine

Here's a nine patch I found in Comfort magazine
and added to the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns
and BlockBase+. Published in 1911. Found the pattern in Villa Nova University's
periodical collection.

Figured out the seams and sent it to the programmers
at Electric Quilt.

Comfort was a women's magazine, quite popular in its day.
It published many quilt patterns in the 1890-1940 years...

usually picturing the small diagrams used at the time,
this often repeated page published in 1938

And many times, a bad photo of a block
a reader had sent in.

Some better than others, 1910.

But the editors knew what they were doing. Comfort
was the first magazine to have over 1,000,000 subscribers.

It's not that exciting a block but I thought the name
T or Tea was important to include as it is a possible
reference to the Temperance movement.

I thought I'd do some shading in EQ8 so I exported the design and shaded it with some Ladies' Legacy fabrics.

Here it is with 3-inch sashing, the same size
as the center cross in a 12" block.

Then I set blocks all over, block to block.
It makes its own sashing
as these 9-patch blocks with a cross in center often do.

It then becomes a version of this other nine patch---the much more popular Capital T block---with more seams.


So in your Encyclopedia book under #1660 write, See #1898.5 (and vice versa.)
Sometimes it helps to see the big picture.

1 comment:

  1. When I was first becoming interested in quilt making I read all the library books I could find at that time (the mid 1980's-mid 1990's) on quilt making. There were OLD books and some hippie styled ones as well. In my reading the said that the T was for Temperance and was often made in red. (solid) That was the color, as I recall of the Women's Temperance Union. Other blocks were of a drinking glass, and the Tumbler blocks, encouraging the drinking of water as a beverage.