February 2018

Nothing Grabs Your Attention Like a Good Fire Hydrant!

It's Throwback Thursday again!  This week I have a dog quilt block.  Keep reading for my inspiration . . .

I designed this in EQ7, loosely based on a pattern that Barbara Brackman credits to Nancy Cabot, which probably dates it back to the 1930's, since that's when Nancy Cabot wrote her quilting column for the Chicago Tribune.  It's a postage stamp type of pieced block, but wouldn't it be cute for a kids room??

There's more about Nancy Cabot's work here, and thanks to the blog writer for the incredible amount of work put into that blog!

Hearts and . . . . . Gizzards?

Since yesterday was St. Valentine's Day, I went looking for a traditional heart quilt, and remembered this block, known as . . . . . Hearts and Gizzards (among other things).  I can only imagine that the name must have something to do with eating chicken, but it is one of my favorite blocks, and I'm sure it has many other names. I think it probably dates back to the 1930's, and I seem to remember my mother attempting it and giving up.  But then she was before the age of rotary cutters and fusibles.

In any case, it makes really pretty heart quilt:

Butterflies on my Mind

Maybe it was the foot and a half of new snow that was outside my door this morning;  maybe I'm projecting myself into spring.  In any case, butterflies seem to be popping into my brain.

I designed this one in EQ7, but its very similar to, and inspired by, a 1928 butterfly pattern which Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilts refers to as being designed by Verdie Foster in about 1928, and also says it may be the first pieced butterfly quilt pattern, since most were applique.