Thursday, April 24, 2014

Oriental Poppy quilt block

Oriental Poppy
November 2, 1933-The Oriental Poppy quilt block was used in today's quilt pattern published by Nancy Cabot in her Chicago Tribune column. She had very little to say about this design.

She wrote, "The pattern published today should be executed in the lovely natural red of the poppy, with effective touches of black." I'm not sure where she expects you to use black. Her newspaper drawing is hard to interpret. I can't find a copy of Nancy's original pattern but I found a newer Oriental Poppy quilt here. It looks like her design and shows black in the center which makes sense to me.

I used the Oriental Poppy block from Electric Quilt's Blockbase program for my block drawing and I think the quilt I referred to above was made using that same block. It is #788 in Blockbase and is attributed to Ruby McKim, a contemporary of Nancy Cabot's.

Tomorrow-Antique Tiger Lily

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Irish Rose quilt block

Irish Rose
November 1, 1933-Irish Rose Quilt Traces Original as Far as 1700's! that was the title of Nancy Cabot's column introducing her Irish Rose quilt pattern. I wonder how she could trace it back that far?

She believed the original quilt was actually made in Ireland. Nancy described the first quilt as being "fashioned in varying shades of pink prints," but "modern reproductions of it are seen either in prints or plain colors."

Since the Irish Rose design is an applique pattern, I did not make it for my sampler. There is a copy of an Irish Rose pattern by Nancy Cabot here. It looks exactly like her newspaper drawing but I don't believe it to be the pattern she publishes on this day but rather again at some later date.  The writing on the pattern is not the wording from today's column as seems to be her usual style.

I have not found any examples of quilts made using the Irish Rose design.

Tomorrow-Oriental Poppy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

French Star quilt block

French Star
October 31, 1933-"French Star, our quilt pattern for today, was brought to New Orleans by French settlers in the earliest days of Louisiana's history," wrote Nancy Cabot over eighty years ago.

The French Star quilt block is a pieced design. I found an old pattern by Ruby McKim, a contemporary of Nancy Cabot. McKim's original full size pattern can be downloaded here. The block is 11".

This pattern is cut using templates. It would be a good design to hand piece if you like to do that. There are several "y" seams and it is a little harder to put together. This is not a beginner block.

You can download my templates here. French Star can also be found in Electric Quilt's Blockbase program as #3540 which is what I used to make my block.

Here are the main parts to the French Star block and how they go together-

Make four of the sections as shown above and sew them together like shown below-

There is an antique French Star quilt here and  an unusual scrappier version here. Both blocks have a different center than Nancy Cabot's or Ruby McKim's French Star block however.

Tomorrow-Irish Rose

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Jack quilt block

Happy Jack
October 30, 1933-The Happy Jack quilt pattern was introduced as a "companion block for the nursery designs published in the past," wrote Nancy Cabot.

She describes Happy Jack as "gay little gentleman who will be immensely popular with children of his own age and just as much of a success with quilters" and felt it would be "an effective contribution to a child's room."

The Happy Jack block is an applique block that was to be made from plain and print scraps of fabric.

This is another quilt that I haven't been able to find any additional information on.

Tomorrow-French Star