Friday, December 10, 2010

1931 really?

Yes 1931. They had the basic quilt designs already 'drawn' out for us. "They" being Ruby Short McKim and others. Have you heard of her? There is a new to me site listing all the blocks that she published in the 1930's.
101 Blocks to be exact. As I started browsing them, I thought of all of you in blog land. Have you seen her designs and so forth. 
 I find them fascinatingly similar to the designs we see today.
The way she uses a solid for the "peel" of  a Lafayette Orange Peel .



Or how she did a Zig Zag pattern!

They used solids because it was easier to find. Many of the prints were on feedsacks. Imagine if we had to wait to buy grain to collect our fabrics vs. shopping online!


And the Beggar block looks an aweful lot like some 'butterfly' blocks I have seen being pieced recently.

But I have to say....
the next block I'd like to try..

is this "V" block, for obvious reasons.


10 comments:

Jackie said...

Great site! Thank you for sharing with us, I love it!

Mommarock said...

This is a great link for you to share! Thank you so much! I already bookmarked it. I am a fairly new quilter, and I don't have lots of books and magazines. I spend an awful lot of time on the computer looking for patterns and ideas so sites like this help alot.

A Girl said...

Wow! Great find, thanks for sharing!

Lee Ann said...

This is a great find! I bookmarked the site. Thanks!

Michele said...

Thanks for the great info!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

A great site, thank you. Funny how everything old is new again.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Great find. Thanks for sharing!

SewCalGal said...

Fun post Vicki. Nice reminder on historic insights on traditional quilt patterns. Appreciate the link too. Thanks.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Carla said...

How fun! I've seen it before and it's the best.

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

I love this! Thanks so much for sharing. : )