Sunday, July 27, 2014

One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns

If you are interested in the history of quilt blocks, you should check out the One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns website.

It features the patterns from the 1931 edition of 101 Patchwork Patterns by Ruby Short McKim . All patterns are available as pdf downloads of the full size patterns and include the original directions and comments by Ruby McKim.

Ruby McKim was publishing quilt patterns for newspapers and writing books at the same time as Nancy Cabot though Ruby McKim was well established in her field before Nancy Cabot got started. They used many of the same quilt blocks for their patterns as you will see if you visit the One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns website.

Album quilt block

For example, look at the similarity of Nancy Cabot's pattern for the Album block here and Ruby McKim's Album block here. They even give the same history of the block!  

You can read Ruby McKim's biography here.

I haven't decided on the final layout for my Nancy Cabot sampler quilt yet. So many decisions! If you have started putting your blocks together or have an idea for a layout, please leave a comment and I will share your inspiration with other readers.