A Godey’s Lady’s Book Star Design For Quilting

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Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine

Today’s quilting pattern comes from a Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine published in America in the 19th century for women. Below is one of the beautiful fashion plates included in these books.

Godey's Lady's Book Fashion Plate 1859

A Lady’s Book

In 1830 when Louis A. Godey first published this women’s magazine it was titled simply Lady’s Book. Around 1840 he added Godey’s to the title. Publishing stopped in 1898 and was taken over by another magazine The Puritan, A Journal For Gentlewomen.

Among one of the first and most successful editors of an American women’s magazine was Sarah Josepha Hale (link to a short biography of her on Encyclopedia Britannica).  She began editing Godey’s Lady’s Book after 1837. During that time until 1860 the circulation went from 70,000 to nearly 150,000 copies every month.

Godey’s left politics out of his magazine. Each monthly issue was filled with short stories, recipes, patterns, illustrations and what it’s best known for, the lovely hand-colored fashion plates.

The Complete Page

As an example I’ve included the entire page the star design came from. I’m not sure when in the 1800’s this design was published there was no date on this loose page.

Godey's Lady's Book - Vintage Crafts and More

Looking for Full Issues to Download

The Hathi Trust Digital Library has a Catalog Record of full scanned editions of the Godey’s Lady’s Magazine from Libraries and Universities. Click on any issue and a full scanned e-book will display. In the column to the left of the display page is several options. One of them is “Get this Book” with the option to download a page or the complete issue as a PDF.

On the right side of the display are options to see one page at a time, scroll or flip through the pages, thumbnails of all the pages and more. Put a couple hours aside, because once you start looking around it’s hard to stop.

Design For Quilting

Not only can this design be used for quilting but coloring, embroidery and applique come to mind. Use your photo editing software or printer to resize the image.

Godey's Lady's Book Design for Quilting - Vintage Crafts and More

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The Secret Drawer Quilt Block Pattern

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Do you have a secret drawer?

Hidden compartments that hold old love letters, jewelry, coins and important papers. Check out this wonderful Wooten’s Patent King of Desks that you know must have a couple of secret drawers.

Wootens Patent Cabinet Office Secretary Desk

The Secret Drawer

That brings me to today’s freebie The Secret Drawer quilt pattern. A 12-inch square block that uses light and dark plain and patterned fabric. It’s very similar to the Spool Block.

The Secret Drawer Quilt Pattern

As a matter of fact, you can see the spools surrounding the patterned centers in the sample. Eveline Foland designed this pattern for a 1930 issue of the Kansas City Star newspaper.

The Secret Drawer Eveline Foland Quilt Pattern
Download Instructions: Right-Click the image and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

Links to more Secret Drawers

The Early Women Masters website has a colorful diagram of the Secret Drawer quilt block pattern and a couple of paragraphs of information about it here: Antique Geometric Quilt Designs – Secret Drawer.

It is also one of many quilt blocks included in the Quilt Index dot Org website. They have the same image of the newspaper pattern I’ve shared. It’s a bit cleaner though, because it hasn’t been glued into a scrapbook.

Interesting….

Alias-Grace-Novel-Margaret-Atwood
One of the most interesting things I came across while researching this quilt block is the crime novel Alias Grace: A Novel by Margaret Atwood. In 1843, a 16-year-old housemaid named Grace Marks was found guilty for the murder of her employer and two others.

 

 

It was a sensational trial for the time and made headlines around the world. The story of Grace Marks is true, but the novel is fictional and depicts what might have happened during her incarceration. An added bonus is the novel will soon be a Netflix Original Series.

I haven’t read the book so I don’t know how it relates to the Secret Drawer quilt pattern, but I found a WordPress blog that goes by the name The Quilts of Alias Grace, A Canadian girl’s journey of stitching through Margaret Atwood’s fiction.

According to the author of this blog, the book has a lot about textiles. The writer named the chapters of the book after quilts and includes sketches. The doctors ask Grace questions about the patterns and their meanings of the quilts she’s working on. The book is about Grace, but in it she surrounds herself with quilts and fabric.

The author of the blog takes you along as she tackles the difficult piecing of the Secret Drawer block and a blog post titled Secret Drawer Has Stumped Me.

 

 

Vintage Block Quilt AlongCharise Creates Vintage Block Quilt Along

In a Vintage Block Quilt Along, Charise Creates One Stitch At A Time has a great tutorial for the quilt block you can follow along with. Craftsy has Charise Creates Secret Drawer block pattern download for free.

 

 

One Little Block Pattern

Well, I didn’t expect to find out all this information from one little pattern, but here it is. Have you read Alias Grace: A Novel? Have you sewn a Secret Drawer block? Let us know by visiting our Facebook Fan Page.

Enjoy!

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Nancy Cabot’s Poinsettia Applique Quilt Pattern

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

I hope those in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.

Nancy Cabot Poinsettia Applique Quilt Block

 

With today’s freebie we are going to jump right into Christmas with a Poinsettia Applique pattern from quilt designer Nancy Cabot that was first issued in the Chicago Tribune Newspaper in 1933.

 

 

 

 

Nancy Cabot Poinsettia Quilt Pattern Chicago Tribune 1933

 

I found the actual clipping from the newspaper archives online.

It’s not very readable, but gives you an idea of what this quilt block pattern looked like in it’s original form.

You can find a bit of history about Nancy Cabot Newspaper Quilt Patterns in this article on the Illinois Quilt History site.

Another great site about these Nancy Cabot (her real name was Loretta Leitner Rising) patterns is on Early Women Masters dot Net which has an index of her quilt designs.

I’ve recreated the full size pattern with instructions. This is an ambitious project to finish for an experienced quilter.

With the many pieces to cut out to make the applique block, using fusible web would probably be the best way to do it.

This Thermoweb 17-Inch by 5-Yard Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive is a best seller on Amazon, but there are many others to choose from.

 

 

 

You’ll find several different poinsettia quilt block patterns by Nancy Cabot in this book — Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Applique.  Also in it is a very similar poinsettia applique block by Grandmother Clark.

Here is the page of pattern pieces. Remember there is no sewing allowance included so the quarter-inch seam allowance will need to be added when cutting them out.

 

Nancy Cabot Poinsettia Applique Quilt Pattern

The one page pattern is in PDF file format below:

Nancy Cabot Poinsettia Applique Quilt Block PDF

To read the PDF file you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

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