Recently, I’ve been doing some traditional appliqué — a project with Lori at Humble Quilts that we are not quite ready to reveal. I always think of myself as more of a piecer, but working on these blocks has made me realize I’ve missed doing this type of appliqué. Anyway, since I kind of have appliqué on my mind at the moment, I thought I’d share two different Coxcombs and Currants patterns from a 1982 Lady’s Circle Patchwork Quilts magazine — one a little more complex than the other. I’m going to need more practice on my small circles before I tackle a pattern with all those currants.
Both patterns will work with either a 17″ or 18″ block. Clicking on the images below will link to the corresponding pdf pattern, which can be downloaded and printed on letter-sized paper.
No. 349 — Transfer for Vegetable Tea Towels for Applique and Embroidery. Blue. Price 25¢
These tea towels are guaranteed to chase away the “blues,” with the everyday vegetables in appliqué performing new roles. Reproduce the vegetables in their exact colors, making sure that the materials you use are fast colors. With outline and running stitches the designs are completed. The patch pieces are applied with invisible stitches. Very pleasant work — entirely simple to do. Pattern includes 6 designs, the largest 5 1/2 x 8 7/8; smallest 5 1/2 x 6 3/8. Full Directions.
The denim quilt is moving forward slowly, because I’m working on 4 projects at once. They’re all very different, though, which is nice when I want a break from sewing through denim.
It took way longer than I thought to match up each appliquéd block with a back. If I were only using one color of thread for the edging, I wouldn’t have had to coordinate the block and the back. But since I’m using many colors, I wanted the thread to look good on the back as well as the front. I try to have 5 or 6 blocks sewn together on my machine during the day, so I can blanket stitch them in the evening.
For the edging I’m using perle cotton which I wind on craft sticks (tongue depressor size) and store in fishing tackle boxes. It feels good to have all the fabric selected and cut . . . now I just have to get busy getting these blocks ready for the last phase — crocheting them all together.
For me, this pattern includes all the things that are enjoyable about hand piecing — curved seams, set-in seams, and an interesting design that works for a scrappy quilt, which is just about the only kind I make.
This pattern was part of a large “quilting ephemera” lot I purchased at a tiny thrift store. I believe these pages were cut from one of the earlier Lady’s Circle Patchwork Quilts magazines, since the patterns at the back of those early issues were on darker paper. Because there’s no photo of the quilt (she seemed to only cut out the patterns), I put four of the blocks together so you can see the secondary design.
Clicking on the first two images below will link to a pdf version of the pattern, which you can view, download, and print on letter-sized paper. The pattern makes an 18″ block, but you could print it at a lower percentage if you prefer a smaller block.
Update: I’ve added a stitch guide at the bottom of this post. There are many ways this block could be put together, but this is how I would do it.
I came across this small article in a 1947 issue of McCall’s Needlework magazine, which sent me looking for more information about Grace Snyder and better photos of her quilt. These types of grid designs have always fascinated me, and I’m a huge fan of Anne Orr’s pieced quilt patterns. Grace, though, takes the grid idea to a whole new level by adding the “tiny piece” element.
Grace’s Flower Basket quilt, as well as another tiny pieced quilt made with hexagons, were included in the “100 Best 20th-Century Quilts” by Quilters Newsletter Magazine in 1999. There is much more information about Grace and her quilts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the UNL International Quilt Study Center and Museum. You can zoom in on the color photo below the article to see the quilt close up — this image was also on a UNL page, but because the image links in the article are broken, I have included it here.
On a completely different subject, I have had to disable my email sign-up and notifications. The plug-in is having a conflict with my server, and I am working on a fix. Thank you for your patience.
Sorry I didn’t post anything this week for McCall’s Monday — I was celebrating my birthday!! It’s not over yet, either (more celebrating tomorrow), but I have at least managed to post something for Free Pattern Friday.
Click on the cover image to view, download or print the pdf version of this booklet.
Lori, Wendy, Cynthia, Cathy and Katy are hosting this quilt-a-long inspired by Gwen Marston’s work, and I am excited to join in. I especially love the liberated element of this project, because I’m sure the quilts will all be very different. It’s not too late to join in — just visit Lori’s site (Humble Quilts) for details.
I chose to adapt one of my 1920s Betsy Dean embroidery transfer patterns as my basket design (the same patterns I post every day in my sidebar), and the fabrics I’m using are chambrays, checks and plaids from my collection of antique scraps. The fabrics are very early 1900s, so they’re earlier than my pattern, but what the heck — it’s a liberated quilt!
My basket is a 12″ block, and it’s not needle-turned because I never learned how to do it. I’m an old quilter, and use the techniques I was taught when I was young. My method is to pre-baste all my pieces by rolling the edge in with my left thumb as I stitch — no freezer paper for me, although I did use cardstock circles to make the flower centers. There’s more prep work, but I like being able to pin my pieces down and see exactly how the finished block is going to look, and the final stitching goes really fast.
No. 65 – Transfer Design for Cross-Stitch and Outline Motifs. Blue. Price, 25¢
Military motifs, outlined in brave colors, and prim little figures in cross-stitch are gay for nursery linens and children’s garments. Simplicity of line and color is the charm of these motifs. Pattern includes 2 or 4 each of the motifs illustrated from 2 x 2 inches (girl) to 2 1/4 x 17 inches (farm scene border); 3 1/2 yards each of 2 bandings. Crosses are 10 to the inch.