1930s Magnolia Bud Kansas City Star Quilt Pattern

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One thing I love about living in the South in America is the beautiful Magnolia trees. Their big, glossy green leaves and the wonderful large, white and pink flowers when they’re full and open are something to behold.

Magnolia Bud - Vintage Crafts and More

Today’s freebie is a Magnolia Bud quilt pattern from the 1930’s. The designer is Eveline Foland who created many quilt patterns for the Kansas City Star Newspaper.

 

Magnolia Bud Eveline Foland Quilt Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

 

There are many variations of the Magnolia Bud, but Eveline calls this one a conventional version. She suggests using rose and pink on a light background. The blocks are set diagonally and may be alternated with a plain block in the quilt.

Remember to allow for seams when cutting out your templates for this pattern. Normally a quarter inch.

To use the pattern, simply click on it to open in another window, then save or print.

If you’re interested in 1930’s era quilts, Martingale’s Stitch This! website has an article on 1930’s Quilts for Today’s Quilters which has examples of several different quilt patterns used during that time period.

You might also like to take a look at this book available on Amazon: The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them, which not only includes 1930’s quilt blocks but letters from Farm Women during that time.

Enjoy!

 

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Using Tessellations as a Quilt Pattern

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

The definition of tessellations can become very technical and mathematical (see Tessellation on Wikipedia, wow!) , but for my purposes, I’m keeping it simple.

A tessellation is a shape used over and over again to form a pattern without any gaps and no overlapping. Another way of explaining tessellation is tiling.

Tessellations Martin Isaac Tile PatternsTile Patterns © Photographer: Martin Isaac

Actually, many quilt patterns are tessellations. Fitting fabric together like a puzzle, not overlapping and no gaps. Eveline Foland used an hour glass shape as a tessellation in her Friendship Quilt from 1930.

She explains that this is a very old, quaint pattern, easy to piece and works up quickly. It’s called a friendship quilt because you ask your friends for pieces from the their favorite sewn dresses or pretty children’s prints.

A straight edge can be achieved by cutting the pieces in half. But the curved edge is pretty and can be bound with a colored braid.

 

Tessellations Quilt Pattern Hour Glass  - Vintage Crafts and More

By fitting the fabric pieces together, in this example each piece of fabric is different, you begin to form your quilt.

On Susan Dague Quilts website, she refers to them as Solving the Puzzles. She has several great examples of using tessellations in quilts.

Marti Mitchell, a well-known quilt teacher, has a Multi-Size Tessellating Windmill Tool that is a clear acrylic template with markings for eight different sizes. There’s a 15 minute video quilting tutorial, Tessellating Windmills and Leap Frog Method on her website explaining how to use it. Plus she offers a PDF hand out for the pattern.

The American Quilter’s Society website has a free pattern for Jery Auty’s Tessellating Hearts Quilt.

Here’s the full page for the 1930’s Friendship Quilt pattern:

Tessellations Quilt Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

Just click on the image to print or use the green Print Friendly button below the post.

Enjoy!

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Summertime June Butterfly Quilt Pattern – VTNS Fan Freebie

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

It never ceases to amaze me what I find when I turn to my 1930’s quilt scrapbook. Today I’m celebrating Summertime with a pretty 1931 June Butterfly quilt pattern by Eveline Foland.

Vintage Crafts and More - June Butterfly Sample Quilt Block

The paragraphs included with the quilt pattern pieces say it all:

“A butterfly has lighted on the quilters’ block! If pretty figured prints in gay colors are used for the four pieces marked “dark”, and all different colored plain fabrics for the butterfly, which is appliqued on each block after it is pieced, this will make a particularly pretty piece of quilting.

This combination of patchwork and applique is the kind of block that will appeal to the woman who is looking for something different.

Allow very narrow seams, especially on the butterfly, and cut plain blocks seven and a half inches square, which is the size of the block, to go between. This will make a pretty pillow top, too, if more plain material is added outside the block. “

Kansas City Star June Butterfly Quilt Pattern PDF

The pattern is in PDF format so to download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link 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.

 

Vintage Crafts and More - Kansas City Star June Butterfly Quilt Pattern

If you have any quilting you’ve done that you’d like to share, please be sure to visit the VTNS Fanpage, we’d love to see your work.

Enjoy!