Thursday, September 19, 2013

Primrose Path or Straight and Narrow Trail quilt block

Primrose Path
May 20, 1933-The Primrose Path quilt dates back to 1820 and originated in Virginia.  Nancy Cabot wrote that "the pattern for the quilt was furnished us by the great-granddaughter of the woman who designed it."

In the midwest, it was known as Trail and in the southwest as Straight and Narrow Trail she wrote in her Chicago Tribune column.

This pattern is too complex to me to make into a 6" block. Each half square triangle would finish at 3/4"!  I wonder why there is the long plain strip in the center.  Looks like it should have a signature on it to me.

This block can be found in Electric Quilt's Blockbase program as #3273 but it's missing the two corner triangles at the ends of the center strip.

There are a couple of examples of this quilt at The Quilt Index-this scrappy one and this two color one.  the first one has the corner triangles I was talking about and the second one does not.

Tomorrow-Wild Goose Chase

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