BASKET quilts are always popular. There are several charming versions easy to piece. The main part of this one is a 4-patch of pieced squares as indicated by the extended lines. To this the long strips with a small triangle on the ends are added, then the final bottom triangle to complete.
The grape basket finishes into a block ten inches square if seams are added to the unit patterns here given.
It should be set together on the diagonal with alternate plain squares and half squares of white to the edges. Twenty-five pieced blocks plus a 6-inch border and binding makes a full-sized quilt.
Material Estimate: If using green for the basket and 4 dark triangles, with lavender for the lighter color triangles, allow 2 yards of green and 1 1-3 yards of lavender. Six yards of white will make a border, the plain blocks and pieced ones, too. Total 9 1-3 yards.
An eight-inch Feather Circle would be attractive on the plain blocks, with a peacock Fan on the border.
RIBBON BORDER BLOCK
HERE is a border pattern which may be used for any quilt. It is called the ribbon border block because our grandmothers pieced it of ribbons on a background of changeable silk and considered it the finest of borders. The modern quilt maker may use it in many different patterns, using the prevailing color of the quilt in the large pointed border and the complementary color in the three small colored blocks. Make the background either white or any color which your particular quilt requires. You may find this 9-inch border useful in making a modernistic looking striped quilt. Piece several long strips of border design and set them together with plain strips the same width and length.
Although this is an old-fashioned pattern, the suggested colors and materials are for a most modern coverlet, the couch robe or even the down puff for a chaise lounge. A center width of quilted taffeta in changing tones in blue and rose, combined with silk in plain blue and plain rose for the border blocks would make a most delightful summer throw or afghan. Made of 36-inch silk it would finish 54 inches wide. Either a plain binding or scallops could finish the edge.
DATING back to the days when our pioneer fathers and mothers were crossing the plains in wagon trains, we have Susannah, the rollicking song, and Susannah, the quilt block Perhaps the peaked print blocks were from the silhouettes of formidable mountain peaks ahead with stretches of plain before their angular summits. And altogether the Susannah block forms across. Don't think those brave imaginative quilt makers would overlook that symbolism, or the tortuous paths that the white squares form when it is all set together with plain white blocks!
This is not an easy block to piece, cut as it is shown, copied from an old pattern. It seems that it would be easier to have print squares like the white ones, and double-sized triangles added to the center square. But that would be decapitating the mountains and modernizing the prairie trail, and the quilt's owner said hesitatingly, "No, we did it this other way!"
A Susannah block finishes 101/2 inches square if seams are added to the above sizes. Seven blocks by eight, or eight wide by nine long may be used for the quilt top, alternating plain and pieced squares.
Material Estimate: Six yards of white with 2 1/2 yards of print is ample for a large sized quilt in this design.
A Tulip or any other flower would be interesting on the plain squares if an easy, rather open pattern is desired.
DOUBLE IRISH CROSS
THIS is really just a glorified double Irish Chain with the shamrock forming an appliqué on each of the odd blocks. Then there is the tassel draped scallop border which adds much of elegance to any favorite patchwork. Scallop borders are assured of much better corners than they sometimes get if a pattern is cut in the exact size of one, two or three finished blocks. In this quilt the blocks finish 10 inches square if seams are added to the unit pattern, and the scallop is 10 inches long.
The body of the quilt is self-explanatory, a simple alternation of blocks A and B and the coveted "Double Irish” is achieved! Dark green unit squares are appliquéd onto the corners of 10-inch white blocks in A while B must be pieced in the exact order shown in the small sketch.
Material Estimate: The quilt includes 24 blocks of A and 25 blocks of B, and finishes about 70 inches square. Add a border from 7 to 10 inches wide, to bring this up to the size you desire. Allow 5 yards of white, 3 yards of dark green and 3 yards of green print.
IN THE days of our grandmothers, the spool motif played an important part in the making of wooden beds, stool legs and whatnots. It even was inspiration for the making of this quaint quilt pattern. Imagine how charming a spool coverlet would look on a Jenny Lind or an old-fashioned "spool bed." However, one does not have to possess a bed of either type to make a spool quilt.
These blocks are rather difficult to piece, as the ends of the four-side pieces set into an angle when sewed onto the center block. This could be overcome by changing the pattern so that the center square cuts into 4 triangles, plus seams. By sewing these onto the short sides of the outside pieces, 4 large triangles are formed. These 4 large triangles sewed together to form the 6-inch block make straight sewing all the way. To piece from the pattern as given, sew the short sides of the outside blocks onto the center square, then fold and sew corner seams.
The small diagrams show two methods of setting the finished blocks together. Either method could be used for an all-over pattern of solid blocks or joined into strips 2 blocks wide, the desired length of the quilt and set together with white strips 6 inches wide, to run the length of the bed.
Since we so strongly advocate borders on quilts, why not appropriate a row of spools, like one half of the upper placing for a spool border to use on most any patchwork you happen to be making?
Material Estimate: Allow extra for seams if the blocks are to finish six inches square. Set together 14 blocks wide by 15 blocks long, without plain strips or blocks, it will require 210 pieced blocks and will finish about 84 by 90 inches. You will need 41/2 yards of print and 31/2 yards of white material. However, you will have a more effective quilt and less work if an all-over center is planned, then a wide band of plain white for fancy quilting, then a spool border and a final row the darker color.
AS A CHILD you may have peered into the revolving mystery of a kaleidoscope, where mirrors repeated into alluring prismic forms the wonders of a few bright chips and pebbles. The "kaleidoscope" quilt gives that same bewildering effect and yet it is simple as can be to piece. Of course, it is lots of work, as every block is a pieced one; but these are all exactly alike, six inches square and each four set together as shown to make a block twelve inches square, which is really the unit. This is sometimes called "Amethyst Quilt," when developed in purple, lavender and white.
One cheering thought to the woman who pieces this quilt — she will have a beautiful coverlet without fancy quilting, such as is necessary to enrich a quilt with large, plain squares.
Material Estimate: The quilt contains 168 six-inch blocks, set together 12 blocks wide and 14 blocks long, making a quilt about 72 by 84 inches. You will need 2 1/22 yards of light material, 2 1/2 yards of dark and 4 1/2 yards of white, a total of 9 1/2 yards.
ENGLISH FLOWER GARDEN
A QUILT which is as picturesquely English as Anne Hathaway's cottage is this quaint Flower Garden Appliqué. It may be made of all variegated flowers in gay prints with yellow centers; or a color plan of coral, turquoise, and gold flowers with green leaves and centers would be lovely. The pot is of green and white check gingham with 16-inch square background blocks of white, or light yellow.
Twenty blocks set together with 3-inch strips of green check in lattice effect make a center about 73 by 89 inches. A 5-inch border all around this brings it to generous size, both to cover pillows and tuck in at the foot. Seams are not allowed.
Material Estimate: You would need 3 1/2 yards of check material, 1-3 yard each of 3 prints or flower tints, 1 yard of green for the leaves and stems and 4 yards of white, a total of 9 1/2 yards.
Quilting would follow the lines of the appliquéd design, with perhaps a Shell rounding into each block corner and a narrow Cable quilted along the lattice strips.
JACK IN THE BOX
JACK in the Box is a crisp angular pattern almost as perky as its surprising name. The sketched block shows how easy it is to piece first two white triangles onto a diamond to make a little oblong, then two white triangles added to a red triangle make another, and these two oblongs join together making one corner square. Seams are not allowed so should be added to the sizes given if your blocks are to finish 10 inches square.
Material Estimate: This quilt sets together with alternate plain white ten-inch blocks. We suggest 7 blocks wide by 8 blocks long. A 3-inch border all-around will bring the size to about 76 by 86 inches for the complete top.
Twenty-eight pieced blocks and twenty-eight plain are used for this plan, requiring 2 1/2 yards of red and 61/2 yards of white, which will allow for the border.
A Pineapple or Four Flowers would fit nicely onto the alternate plain 10-inch squares with the pieced blocks quilted to follow the seams.
THE Skyrocket is another twelve-inch block particularly adapted for a cushion, using old-fashioned calico prints. These patchwork pillows are just the things for chair seats in an old-time rocker or more scantily padded to tie on to breakfast room chairs for both looks and comfort.
Used in a quilt, this block sets together diagonally with alternate white ones, using half-blocks of the plain to complete. A border of gold and white triangles pieced "zig-zag" makes a fitting finish.
The pattern units above are to be traced onto cardboard, cut carefully and then used to draw around on to cloth. They do not allow for seams, so cut a seam larger and sew back to the pencil line.
In piecing this, the small triangles are first added to the gold blocks to form squares then the center nine-patch made, and the pieced corners added to complete into a really lovely block.
Material estimate: For 25 pieced blocks with the 16 plain blocks, 16 half blocks, (cut diagonally), and 4 corner triangles of the quilt, you will need 2 1/2 yards of gold material, 1 1/4 yards green and 5 1/4 yards white.
WILD GOOSE CHASE
is a twelve- inch block, an especial favorite for a little patchwork pillow or chair seat. Or it makes a mighty attractive quilt set together with alternating twelve-inch squares of the light blue, really more effective than with white squares.
Of course other colors than the ones suggested on the pattern may be substituted — any dark and light with white” geese." It pieces in the manner shown in the very small sketches, being mostly a problem of sewing tiny blue triangles on to white ones and joining them properly into strips. A continuing strip of flying geese makes a most charming quilt border.
Add seams to the unit patterns here given. Five blocks wide by six long will make a center 60 by 72 inches. Around this sew a 2-inch border of light blue, then a pieced border of flying geese and a 3-inch border of light blue to finish. Bind in dark blue.
Material estimate: For this plan, allow 2 yards white, 3 yards dark blue, and 5 1/2 yards light blue.
A Spider web design could be used on the alternate squares, or a larger pattern like the President's Wreath, as the large light blue triangles of the pieced blocks join the 12-inch plain blue squares.
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