Monday, January 26, 2009

Brother's Quilt

This is the quilt I just finished for my niece Sarah. She is having her first baby, a boy, this March and her baby shower is February 7th. The pattern was published in the Detroit News from November 1934-January 1935 by the name Brother-Sister Quilts. There were 14 patterns, 7 for boys (which I used) and 7 for girls. The girls quilt patterns were 6 dolls and one perambulator (baby buggy). It was attributed to Edith B. Crumb, the editor of the Quilt Club Corner, but it was actually designed by Florence LaGanke who syndicated the patterns under the name Nancy Page beginning in 1933. I enlarged the patterns from 8" to 9" and hand appliqued the blocks. The appliqued blocks were machine pieced with plain blocks. The appliqued blocks were hand quilted, but the rest of the quilt was quilted by machine.

Since these patterns are not yet in the public domain, I can't give you the patterns for free, but you can purchase them on eBay. You can also learn about more quilt pattern series published in the 1920s and 1930s on the blog Quilt Papers.

Sarah is a first grade teacher, so the alternate blocks are printed with the alphabet. Her husband Chad is a sports fan so the backing has football players. You can also see the quilt pattern used in the border, a moon with a star.

Last night I watched the movie, Intruder in the Dust. It was made in 1950 and was based on the novel by William Faulkner. The story is about an old black man falsely accused of murder in the South and an old lady and young boy who help prove him innocent. One scene in the movie shows the home of the black man and on the bed was a log cabin quilt. The film was in black and white, but the log cabin blocks were very dark on one side and scrappy on the other. There was another quilt in one scene that seemed to be a light star quilt, but it was hard to tell. Since the movie was set in the 1930s, both quilts seemed appropriate.

Till next time... Happy Quilting!

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