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.


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.


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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.


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.



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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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.



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