A Godey’s Lady’s Book Star Design For Quilting

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Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine

Today’s quilting pattern comes from a Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine published in America in the 19th century for women. Below is one of the beautiful fashion plates included in these books.

Godey's Lady's Book Fashion Plate 1859

A Lady’s Book

In 1830 when Louis A. Godey first published this women’s magazine it was titled simply Lady’s Book. Around 1840 he added Godey’s to the title. Publishing stopped in 1898 and was taken over by another magazine The Puritan, A Journal For Gentlewomen.

Among one of the first and most successful editors of an American women’s magazine was Sarah Josepha Hale (link to a short biography of her on Encyclopedia Britannica).  She began editing Godey’s Lady’s Book after 1837. During that time until 1860 the circulation went from 70,000 to nearly 150,000 copies every month.

Godey’s left politics out of his magazine. Each monthly issue was filled with short stories, recipes, patterns, illustrations and what it’s best known for, the lovely hand-colored fashion plates.

The Complete Page

As an example I’ve included the entire page the star design came from. I’m not sure when in the 1800’s this design was published there was no date on this loose page.

Godey's Lady's Book - Vintage Crafts and More

Looking for Full Issues to Download

The Hathi Trust Digital Library has a Catalog Record of full scanned editions of the Godey’s Lady’s Magazine from Libraries and Universities. Click on any issue and a full scanned e-book will display. In the column to the left of the display page is several options. One of them is “Get this Book” with the option to download a page or the complete issue as a PDF.

On the right side of the display are options to see one page at a time, scroll or flip through the pages, thumbnails of all the pages and more. Put a couple hours aside, because once you start looking around it’s hard to stop.

Design For Quilting

Not only can this design be used for quilting but coloring, embroidery and applique come to mind. Use your photo editing software or printer to resize the image.

Godey's Lady's Book Design for Quilting - Vintage Crafts and More

Download Instructions: Right-Click the image and select either “save target as” or “save image as” depending on what browser you are using. Also you can click on it, it will open in a new window and there you can save the image.

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Quilting Flower Design that can be used for Quilts, Embroidery or a Coloring Page

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Today I’m sharing a beautiful floral quilting design cut from a newspaper that can be used for embroidery or a coloring page as well. Done by Eveline Foland, it’s not dated but most likely from the 1930’s.

This design is beautiful in quilting, either for silk cushions or as a quilting design for the plain blocks of a pieced or appliqued quilt. If it is too large for your blocks omit a leaf or blossom.  It may be repeated and quilted into a border. When used for silk cushion it is distinctive. Any quilt fan will find many ways to use the design. Just a hint is enough.

Floral Quilting or Embroidery Design Vintage Crafts and More
To save this design, simply click on the image above. It will open in a new window and there you can use the right click menu to “save image as” or print using your computer’s options. You can also use the green print friendly button at the bottom of this post.


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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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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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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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Kansas City Star Friday the 13th Quilt Pattern

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Welcome to our VTNS Fan Freebie Friday the 13th!

According to folklorists, there is no written evidence for a “Friday the 13th” superstition before the 19th century.  Many theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.

One theory says it puts together two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.  I have to admit, I don’t like using the number 13, but Friday the 13th has never been a problem for me. Really just another day.

Are you one of the 10 percent of modern day Americans that believe Friday the 13th is an unlucky day? Many of us just joke about it or maybe we’re a little more cautious than usual. There are three in 2012, one was in January, there’s today – April 13th and one more in July.  It can be a good excuse to celebrate in a fun way and some companies even use it as a sale day.

We want to make sure you have a lucky Friday the 13th so we’re sharing an interesting quilt pattern from the Kansas City Star Newspaper in 1935 appropriately called “Friday the 13th.”

Green County Barn Quilts Friday the 13th Barn Photo
I’ve found several variations of this quilt block that are all pretty similar.  I even came across this Friday the 13th Barn Quilt on the Green County Wisconsin Barn Quilts website.  Most of the blocks had the same 4-square on point in the middle and the same outside 4-corners but where I saw a difference is in the border between the two.

The quilt pattern from the Kansas City Star Newspaper starts out saying, “Don’t Let Your Superstitions Frighten You Away” and claiming in the paragraph below that although Friday the 13th is thought of as an unlucky day, by using the motif for this quilt it may “be one way to ward off the evil spirits.” Then goes on to tell us “when finished it is a colorful and extremely attractive” quilt.

Kansas City Star Newspaper Friday 13th Quilt Pattern Picture

I have to agree that this quilt block could be very colorful and attractive when you combine different fabrics in prints and solid colors. It goes together like a puzzle and would be very easy to manipulate into a pretty pattern through out your quilt.

With this pattern you have to allow for seams, the template pieces do not include the 1/4 inch seam allowance. There isn’t a measurement for the finished block, but based on the size of the templates I’d guess it’s around 11 to 12 inches.

We’ve shared other Kansas City Star Quilt Patterns before and you can find them here.

Enjoy this quilt block and have a lucky Friday the 13th!

Kansas City Star Friday the 13th 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 below 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.

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Century of Progress in Quilt Making Pattern Booklet and Quilt Contest Controversy

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Wow…a World’s Fair held in Chicago during the Great Depression. Can you imagine people’s excitement at the prospect of visiting such a place.

The theme was Century of Progress with multi-colored buildings that would create a “Rainbow City” in stark contrast to the “White City” of the World’s Columbian Exposition that was held in 1893.

century of progress in quilt making pattern booklet

I acquired this booklet several years ago and am amazed at the lovely patterns in it.  During the fair Sears, Roebuck and Co. ran a National Quilting Contest. There were over 25,000 entries, many more than Sears ever expected.

Entrants were encouraged to use the theme of the fair to design their quilts, but the Grand Prize Winner used a common Feathered Star template.

Feathered Star Quilt

It was called the Unknown Star and was entered by Margaret Rogers Caden of Lexington, Kentucky.  It’s alleged that much of the work on her quilt was done by seamstresses who sewed for hire, in violation of contest rules.

One woman, Ida Mae Stow, who had made a fair themed quilt, received an Honorable Mention but protested the judging with a letter to Sears stating, none of the commemorative quilts were awarded a major prize.

You can read her story and see her quilt entry here.

Another beautiful quilt that was inspired by the Century of Progress fair but was not entered is the Star Arcturus designed and made by Mary Gasperik. The quilts she made during this period were some of her first.

Even though she was an excellent seamstress she had not discovered quilt making until this time.  She made several quilts while the Chicago World’s Fair was going on.

Over several years of research, authors Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman wrote a book, Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World’s Fair that includes the story behind the contest with full color illustrations of the quilts.

It gives a great picture into quilt making in the early twentieth century and of what happened when the art of quilt making collided with commercial opportunism.

All and all a very interesting time in quilting history.

Enjoy!

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