Nancy Cabot wrote a daily newspaper column for the Chicago Tribune in the 1930's. Each day a single quilt block was featured. There was always an illustration of the block and some sort of information about that particular block such as other names for the block, when and/or where it originated, colors and fabrics commonly used and such. In the Sunday Tribune, she reviewed the patterns for that week. A pattern was offered for sale for each block for "5 cents in stamps or coin."
Nancy Cabot is the pen name of Loretta Leitner Rising. She was born in Illinois around 1906. She married and had 1 son. Her career with the Chicago Tribune began in the 1920's and she worked there for 32 years. She was promoted to the position of Needlework Editor and Columnist in the 1930's writing patterns for knitting, crocheting, embroidery and quilting. She died in 1958 at the age of 52.
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