1930s Depression Era Merry-Go-Round Scrap Quilt Pattern

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

Who doesn’t love a Merry-Go-Round……..

merry go round quilt patternI found another great quilt pattern in my 1930’s quilting scrapbook called The Merry-Go-Round. This one was published in the Kansas City Star by McKim Studios in 1930. This 1930’s quilt pattern illustrates perfectly how the quilts of the depression era used “odd scraps” of fabric.

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Ruby McKim admonishes the maker that “each block can be a different color so long as the light and dark value remains the same.” So even when you’re using scraps from feedsacks, etc. pay attention to the color values of the fabrics.

The Merry-Go-Round is actually four blocks, all exactly alike, turned in different directions.

 

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This particular Merry-Go-Round quilt pattern is different from many I found when searching the internet. Most used a hexagon pattern, the difference is this one uses half-square triangles.

Craftsy has a blog post that shows you How to Make 8 Half-Square Triangles at Once: The Magic 8 Method. This method would certainly speed up the making of this quilt.

Here’s another good tutorial on creating half-square triangles faster and easier at the Diary of a Quilter blog, Half-square-triangle short-cuts and easy square-up.

In this YouTube video by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Quilt Company she demonstrates a modern and easy way to sew a Merry-Go-Round Quilt.

For more information on quilt designer Ruby McKim, another of her patterns and more links on sewing half-square triangles, check out this previous blog post, Summer is Sailing Away – Sail Boat Quilt Block.

To print or save this pattern, right click on it, it will open in another window and there you can print or save it using your computer’s browser. There is also a green Print Friendly button at the bottom of the post.

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Summer is Sailing Away – Sail Boat Quilt Block

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

This is the last week of August. Summer is sailing away and along that same line we are sharing a 1930 quilt pattern called the Sail Boat Block from McKim Studios. Ruby McKim was a talented quilt designer during this era and her designs are still sought after by quilters today.

Vintage Crafts and More - Sail Boat Quilt Block PatternRather than a more intricate patterned block, this one is simple and can be easily pieced together. This would be a sweet quilt for a little boy or a covering for a beautiful brass bed at a cabin by the lake.

This design uses all triangles. Making triangles can be intimidating to math challenged people such as myself, but I’ve found a couple places on the internet that will help you out with these quilt pieces.

From the website Patchwork-and-Quilting.com there are two articles I found helpful in making half-square triangles:

How To Make Grid Pieced Half Square Triangle Units

Calculating the Cutting Size of Quick Pieced Half Square Triangles

If you find it easier to watch someone do this rather than read how to do it, here’s a short video explaining How to Make Half Square Triangles that shows you how to create and sew a basic half-square triangle unit. There’s a short sponsored ad at the beginning.

We’ve shared other Kansas City Star quilt patterns before on this blog, you can find them here or click on the “Quilting” category on the right hand side.

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

Here is your free Sail Boat Quilt Pattern made with triangles:

Sail Boat Quilt Block Pattern

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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