Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Double T quilt block

Double T or Four T's
June 13, 1933-Plain Tones Used in "Double T" by Modern Quilter was the title of Nancy Cabot's Chicago Tribune column eighty years ago on this day.

Nancy explained that the Double T pattern came from Carolina in early colonial days and was also known as Four T's.

"Now examples of this pattern are made in plain colors with quite as much charm as the quaint prints used by our grandmothers," she wrote.

I decided to use a vintage print to make my block and made my block very differently from the traditional way.

Here is a link to a pattern by Ruby McKim, a contemporary of Nancy Cabot, showing how the block would have been made in the past.  You need to go to image 13 of the link to see the pattern.  There is an antique block made this way at the Spencer Museum of Art.

I made mine like this-

Very easy! You can download the paper pieced pattern here. The Double T block pattern can be found in Electric Quilt's Blockbase program as #2901a.

Tomorrow-Hollyhock Wreath

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