Because this is a pretty fall day in Seattle with cool temperatures and sunny skies, I thought I would share an autumn themed quilt pattern. Falling Leaves appeared in the syndicated “Nancy Page Quilt Club” column written by Florence LaGanke in the 1930s. Every Tuesday the column would feature a new block presented by “Nancy” (the club leader) who would describe the designs and make suggestions about colors, fabric and stitching to her fictional quilting club pals. Florence had a very interesting background, and you can learn lots more about her by visiting Quilt History Tidbits.
I couldn’t find a photo of a Falling Leaves quilt, so maybe it wasn’t as popular as the other Nancy Page patterns. I know Eleanor Burns has published adaptations of two Nancy Page patterns — Magic Vine and Grandmother’s Garden. Eleanor’s quilts are smaller than the originals, and I can’t tell for sure by looking at the book cover photos, but I think the applique may be simplified a bit.
The leaf designs are shown in the thumbnails below; the complete pattern with all the directions is available here.