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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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!

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!