Monday, February 29, 2016

Prudence Penny Applique Sampler Series

Anyone ever seen this particular 
Seattle Post Intelligencer appliqué pattern series made up before?

It was apparently part of their Prudence Penny column about 1927-1931.

This just entered my collection. I would love to track down the paper 
pattern series as well.

Found stamped on one corner on the back

"Prudence Penny's Sampler Quilt
through the Post-Intelligencer,
was appliqued by Mrs A.B. Heath 
820 Howell St   Seattle Oct, 18 to Dec, 10th 1931."

Friday, December 18, 2015

Ulster Inspired Quilts

I wrote in 2011 about Ulster inspired quilts…or possibly Ultser inspired, per the research of Valerie Wilson published in 1991. You can click here to see that post.

The other day I stumbled across a top on eBay that so reminded me of a photo in that 1991 Uncoverings American Quilt Study Group (AQSG) research paper that I snapped it up.

And so the research continues.

Again, refer back to my original post on this subject by clicking here.

 UPDATE - 2017 February: Barbara Brackman posted some interesting photos of quilts on her blog today that contain the "shamrock or hearts" appliqué pattern that I have been writing about. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Marie Webster's Influence?

Love Comparing Quilt Patterns

I stumbled across this quilt yesterday on eBay and immediately thought…"Is this a Marie Webster pattern I have never seen before?"

The quilter seems to have taken one element from Marie's May Tulips….the "skyscraper-like spikes" in the border….

(page 32 from Rosalind Webster Perry's book "A Joy Forever", 
granddaughter of Marie Webster.)

(A shrunken version of May Tulips  from my collection.)

….and the flower in the eBay quilt (see below) reminds me a bit of Marie's Cluster or Roses….

See Marie's Cluster of Roses block (below)….

So did someone just make up their own quilt pattern from two elements of some of Marie Webster's patterns?  Or does this quilt simply represent a published pattern I have never seen before? If you know the source of the eBay quilt pattern, please let me know. Comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

Thank you!

KarenQuilt @ Quilt History Reports

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Comparing Mt.Mist Patterns to Marie Webster Patterns

I follow eBay a lot. Some sellers really make an effort to properly identify the name of the quilt's pattern. Some don't.  It really is a challenge identifying quilt patterns if you dont' study quilts or don't have a good research library or don't know where to find the comparisons on the Internet.

In my experience, the most commonly mis-identified patterns are those "called" Marie Webster when they are actually Mountian Mist patterns.  Marie Webster's patterns came first in the history of quilt making. Then Mountain Mist came out with their own variations of Marie Webster designs. The two are often confused.  Here are some prime examples.

One of the most commonly mis-labeled patterns is the Sunflower pattern. The 3rd quilt in the composite photo below is the Mountain Mist pattern. On eBay it is often leabled a Marie Webster pattern. It is not the Marie Webster pattern.

Below is Marie Webster's Sunflower quilt pattern.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Playing with Stripes & Color

I  was mesmerized by a very graphic B&W striped ad 

I found last fall

in one of the many magazines that pile up 

next to my reading spot 

at the dining room table. 

I tore out the ad and decided to play 

with the leaves 

falling from the red Maple 

outside my window.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Marion Cheever Whiteside Newton Football Quilt

A New Research Avenue to Pursue

Here is another quilt in my collection which I am now beginning to research. I am hoping that it may be a block from Marion Cheever White Newton's football quilt but until I see a full photo of that quilt or the pattern, I don't know in fact if this is a block fron a MCWN pattern. 

There is a photograph of Marion's football quilt on page 87 of the published papers of the 1995 Uncoverings by the American Quilt Study Group but the quilt is bunched up in Marion's lap and I cannot see all the blocks clearly.

Has anyone ever seen a clear straight on frontal photo 

of Cheever's Football Quilt? 

Above is a blow-up of the quilt on Marion's lap in the photo from the 1995 Uncoverings published by AQSG.

Here is another photo from this same source 
blown-up a bit as well.

Here is a link to the article:

Here is a link as to how to order a copy of the 1995 Uncoverings, 

if you are interested:

I was so hoping a photo would show up in Rose Lea Alboum's compilation of Marion Cheever Whiteside Newton's Story Book Quilts. Unfortunately, there is no photo of the Football Quilt though it is listed as among those that Marion designed.  However, if you like Cheever's quilt designs, you will thoroughly enjoy having a copy of Alboum's spiral bound research.

However, there is a copy of a newspaper article in the Alboum book.

I have never seen a really clear photo of this particular Cheever design but the quilt I found reminded me so much of Cheever's designs, I bought it anyway …. in hopes that it is a Cheever Whiteside Newton design. 

I personally have never seen a quilt in person that has an appliqued football player stitched on it. If any of you reading this have seen this football pattern before or any others that pre-date 1960, please leave me a comment below.


PS: Here is a link to another article about Marion Cheever White Newton in a 1947 magazine. Just click here.