Free Pattern Friday — More Mother Goose in Filet Crochet

From the Winnipeg Tribune, 1923

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sitting on the wall can be adapted to a variety of uses in making gifts for the little ones. This motif can be developed in either filet crochet or cross stitch.

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Little Bo Peep

The little Mother Goose shepherdess, whose picture in filet crochet appears here, will be very much at home in nursery or play room, and will make herself useful on bedspread, curtains or cushion.

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McCall’s Monday — Wrap-Around Apron with Rick-Rack Trim

These politically incorrect “squaw dresses” were a fad in the 50s, and my mother made elaborate versions for me and two of my sisters. This involved sewing yards of rick-rack on blouses and 3-tired skirts made with vibrantly colored wrinkly cottons marketed, of course, as “squaw cloth.” When I was growing up in Oklahoma, and living in a neighborhood where all the streets were named after Indian tribes, I didn’t realize that this was an offensive term. I still like the style, though.

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Free Pattern Friday — Mother Goose in Filet Crochet

From the Louisville Courier-Journal, 1925

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

For the children’s room, here is an interesting filet pattern adapted from the old reliable Mother Goose. If you are very ambitious, you might consider making a crocheted spread of Mother Goose medallions, but for most people, one medallion in the center of a spread involves labor enough. The pattern will also serve as a guide for cross stitch.

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Liberated Basket Medallion Quilt – Childhood Border

In an earlier post, I explained why this border was inspired by my childhood . . .

“I grew up in the 1950s in a small town in Oklahoma. We lived in an old neighborhood of modest homes, where there were no fences and children were free to play wherever they wanted (with a few exceptions, like flower beds and vegetable gardens). There were lots of kids, and quite few retired couples, some of whom were almost like grandparents to me and my siblings. Sometimes I complained because we weren’t allowed to play in the house unless the weather was bad, but I consider it a pretty idyllic childhood.

Although there were newer homes being built in developments on the outskirts of town, I didn’t envy the children who lived there. We had something in our neighborhood that they didn’t . . . trees . . . huge trees. Every house in our block had at least 2 or three very old trees — we had four (one with a treehouse). In spring and summer the trees on the parking strip would form a beautiful, shady canopy over our street. There were oaks and maples and a catalpa on the corner, but mostly there were giant elms. In 1966 we moved away, and I didn’t go back for a long time. When I did, most of the elm trees were gone — killed by Dutch Elm disease — and the neighborhood was almost unrecognizable.”

My border is made up of elm leaves, cut from early 1900s chambrays, plaids and stripes. It is a struggle for me to do any kind of liberated quilt design, but I’m proud to say that I successfully resisted drawing a design, and just sewed the leaves randomly as I went around the pinned bias vine. You probably recognize this design from Anne Orr’s lovely Autumn Leaves quilt — I could have never come up with this on my own.

Free Pattern Friday will be on Saturday this week.

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McCall’s Monday — Betsy McCall Paper Doll

My dad worked in advertising, and one of his perks was free magazine subscriptions to just about every type of magazine you could think of, and there were tons of magazine titles when I was a kid in the 1950s. I liked looking at the pictures in Life, Look, and the Saturday Evening Post, but my favorites were the women’s magazines, especially McCall’s, because my younger sister and I loved paper dolls.

Teri Pettit has a wonderful web site where she shares all the Betsy McCall paper dolls from 1951-1961, plus many other vintage paper dolls and activity books. Her images are high resolution and have been scaled to print on letter-sized paper. Head over there by clicking on her image below.

 

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McCall’s Monday – More Quilting Motifs From Old Favorites

Here are more quilting designs from my 1936 McCall’s Needlework catalog. I can’t believe they suggest using carbon paper to transfer the pattern to your quilt top. Do not do this! More McCall’s designs are available in an earlier post. Click images to enlarge.

No. 1980. Printed Pattern for Quilting Motifs. Prics, 40 cents. Here are some of the popular old favorites used in quilting that have been handed down from generation to generation. There’s the interesting old Anchor motif, and a design that will fit the squares of the popular Double Wedding Ring patch work quilt. There are also several variations of the old feather design, in a wide and narrow border, and in squares. You can trace them on your quilt by means of carbon paper, or else make a perforated pattern on the sewing machine following directions in the pattern. Women who make patch work quilts will appreciate these interesting old quilting designs.

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Free Pattern Friday — Lily of the Valley Embroidery Motifs

In Oklahoma, my mother grew lily of the valley plants on the north side of our house where it was a little cooler. In the Pacific Northwest we don’t have that problem — you can grow lilies of the valley just about anywhere, and mine are just blooming.

These patterns were published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1913. I think the large motif could also be used as three individual designs. Click images to enlarge
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WIP Wednesday – Liberated Basket Medallion Quilt

The prompt for the first border on our Gwen Marston inspired quilt is “childhood.” I had to think long and hard to come up with something that both reminded me of my childhood, and would go with my already completed center basket and the scraps I’d selected.

I grew up in the 1950s in a small town in Oklahoma. We lived in an old neighborhood of modest homes, where there were no fences and children were free to play wherever they wanted (with a few exceptions, like flower beds and vegetable gardens). There were lots of kids, and quite few retired couples, some of whom were almost like grandparents to me and my siblings. Sometimes I complained because we weren’t allowed to play in the house unless the weather was bad, but I consider it a pretty idyllic childhood.

Although there were newer homes being built in developments on the outskirts of town, I didn’t envy the children who lived there. We had something in our neighborhood that they didn’t . . . trees . . . huge trees. Every house in our block had at least 2 or three very old trees — we had four (one with a treehouse). In spring and summer the trees on the parking strip would form a beautiful, shady canopy over our street. There were oaks and maples and a catalpa on the corner, but mostly there were giant elms. In 1966 we moved away, and I didn’t go back for a long time. When I did, most of the elm trees were gone — killed by Dutch Elm disease — and the neighborhood was almost unrecognizable.

So, for my childhood inspired border, I chose elm leaves (with an nod to Anne Orr’s Autumn Leaves quilt). The fabrics are early 1900s chambrays, checks, plaids and stripes. Now back to work!

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McCall’s Monday — Quilting Motifs From Old Favorites

I’m sorry about the quality of these images, but the original illustrations in my 1936 McCall’s Designs for Needlework catalogue are only 1″. They are scanned at a fairly high resolution, so hopefully you will be able to print and trace the designs to fit blocks up to 12 inches. The first block has a nice matching border. Click images to enlarge.

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