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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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

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Enjoy!

St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Shamrock Quilt Block Pattern and Party Game Idea

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

Vintage Crafts and More - St Patricks Day Hat Decoration

 

Today I’m sharing an Eveline Foland Shamrock  Quilt Block Pattern for St. Patrick’s Day.

Eveline Foland designed many quilt patterns in the 1930s for the Kansas City Star Newspaper.

I’ve shared some of her other patterns and several from the Kansas City Star Newspaper in earlier posts. Click on the Quilting category on the right to find more quilt patterns.

 

 

This can be made into a quilt or cushion. It’s an applique pattern, but can also be used to paint the design on other surfaces. The stems can be embroidered or appliqued.

Vintage Crafts and More - Shamrock Newspaper Quilt Pattern 2

Lots of glue on this particular pattern in the scrapbook. I’ve scanned the individual parts in gray scale rather than color. The old newspaper print shows up a little better that way.

Vintage Crafts and More - One Shamrock LeafVintage Crafts and More - Set of 4 Shamrocks

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As an added bonus, I’m including an article from a 1920s ladies magazine about Parties for St. Patrick’s Day. Have you ever colored bubble water with cooked spinach stock? Read on to find out how to make your party bubbles green.

Vintage Crafts and More - St Patricks Day Bubble Party

I didn’t realize when I scanned this that the paragraph continued. Here’s the rest of the article: “competing against a new pair of players, the one winning at the end receiving the prize (boxes of tiny green candles, will serve).”

Enjoy!


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Silver and Gold Quilt Pattern – VTNS Fan Freebie

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One of my very favorite songs to listen to during the Christmas season is ‘Silver and Gold‘ sung by Burl Ives from the TV special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  It just wouldn’t be Christmas without it, so even though the holidays are over, when I came across this fun star quilt pattern called “Silver and Gold” in my 1930s scrapbook, I just had to share it.

The great thing about this particular quilt pattern is the ability to use two or three colors of your choice. Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras aren’t too far away. This pattern would look great in red and white for Valentine’s or purple, green and gold for a Mardi Gras quilt or pillow.

This is a 1931 Kansas City Star quilt pattern designed by Eveline Foland. I’ve done several posts of different quilt designs, you can find them here or by clicking on the Quilting category in the right side panel of this post.

Vintage Crafts and More - Silver and Gold Quilt Pattern Kansas City StarThis is the write up included with the pattern:

“Here is a pretty quilt pattern “silver and Gold” with which to start your patchwork in 1931. It may be developed in either two or three colors, the third color being the eight light triangles that surround the star.

This gives an entirely different effect than when but two colors are used. Of course, gold is the predominating color, but any pretty color combination may be used.

Great care must be taken that the points come together perfectly in the center. The finished block is ten and a fourth inches square. Allow for narrow seams.”Vintage Crafts and More - Silver and Gold Quilt Pattern Eveline Foland 1931To print or save this pattern, click on it, it will then open in a new window so you can right click and save or print. You can also use the green Print It button below to print out the whole post. Unfortunately, there is some glue showing through at the bottom of the pattern where it was pasted into the quilting scrapbook, but the pattern pieces are just fine.

Enjoy!

Free Vintage Quilt Pattern Basket of Lilies for Easter

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

Today’s freebie is a favorite quilt pattern from my vintage quilting scrapbook. This pretty Basket of Lilies designed by Eveline Foland was done back in 1931 for the Kansas City Star Newspaper. It’s really a classic and lovely pattern for any time of the year.

Vintage Crafts and More - Basket of Lilies Quilt Pattern

For another Eveline Foland quilt pattern and information on my vintage quilting scrapbook, check out this post.

Basket of Lilies Quilt Pattern PDF

If you have any quilts that you’d like to share, please be sure to visit our VTNS Facebook Fanpage, we’d love to see your work.

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.

Enjoy!

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Christmas Tree Kansas City Star Newspaper Quilt Pattern

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Oops! I just noticed my calendar is on November, maybe that’s why I decided to share this Christmas quilt pattern with you today. I know everyone is decorating for Fall and Halloween and I love this time of year, but I know crafters are already busy with their Christmas projects.

kansas city star quilting scrapbook
Part of my collection includes a wonderful 1930’s quilting scrapbook that includes numerous Kansas City Star quilt patterns.

You can learn more about how I got the scrapbook and where I keep it in an article about my business on Debra Conrad’s website: PublicDomainTreasureHunter.com

If you’re a quilter, you’ve probably heard about these patterns. In 1928 the Kansas City Star newspaper started publishing quilt patterns for their readers. They did this weekly through the mid 1930’s then off and on until 1961. By the time they stopped publishing, over 1,000 quilt patterns had been published in the Kansas City Star newspaper and it’s sister publications.

Nell Snead was the fashion editor of The Star during that time. One of her responsibilities was to find patterns for the paper.  Sometimes they were submitted by local quilters. They would then be professionally designed for the paper.

The first designer was Ruby Short McKim.  She went on to publish 101 Patchwork Patterns in 1931, her only book and it remains a quilting classic today. As a matter of fact, McKim was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in 2002.

After about 3 years, Eveline Foland took over the designing duties. She brought an Art Deco flair to the designs and published several series of applique and patchwork patterns for quilts. Once Foland left Edna Marie Dunn became the pattern editor of The Star.

Copies of these quilt patterns can be found on the internet and eBay. The originals are little harder to come by these days. I saw the Dover Publications reprint of Ruby’s book on Amazon for a penny. It’s worth it. I have two copies.

The pattern is in PDF format so to read 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.

1932 Christmas Tree quilt pattern by Eveline Foland

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Enjoy!