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