do you recognize this old block pattern

Cougar1June 30, 2013

I scanned (as best I could) a block that was hand sewn by a lady probably back in the 40's or 50's maybe, and I was wondering if someone would know what pattern it is made from. It's made up of 4 smaller squares.

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The fabrics certainly fit the 40s - 50s time frame but the pattern looks more contemporary! It might have been very innovative for the time. What a great find!!! Now, this pattern would more likely be done with paper piecing I think.

I am not familiar with the pattern but I like it. Have you tried looking though the blocks at Maybe start with the pinwheels?


Here is a link that might be useful: Quilters Cache

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 1:45PM
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My first reaction was this must be paper piecing...but I don't know the time line on when PP started in quilting...sorry, no help from me. I would go w/ Kate's suggestion or google paper piecing.


    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 7:40PM
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Valerie, I don't think this block was paper pieced. It looks like it might have been hand pieced, actually. Probably with templates.

I was thinking paper piecing too, but this can't be paper pieced. With inset seams like this, paper piecing won't work.

If I have a chance, I'll look in one of my block dictionaries and see if I can find it... It could make a really neat pattern if done in modern fabrics/colors.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 8:23AM
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I wasn't able to find it in my block dictionary or EQ5 libraries, but I was able to redraw it in EQ. It makes a really neat pattern when put with multiple blocks!

Do think it's fun to look back at old patterns and try to figure them out!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 9:48AM
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Bumping this up. Im just wondering if anyone found the name to this block?

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 11:39PM
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I found it in Jinny Beyer's 'The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns' on page 145. It was first published as "Double Pinwheel" on Dec. 18, 1940 under the Alice Brooks by-line in the Bismark Tribune. I also found it re-advertised in 1964 so you can see for yourself.

Ms. Beyer says it is designed on a 6x6 grid, which is much easier to see with the book and transparent overlay that she provides in a back folder. Imagine a little nine patch grid over one of the quadrants, and you can see how the proportions make it a 6x6.

Here is a link that might be useful: Double Pinwheel by Alice Brooks.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2013 at 3:46PM
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Thank you Petalpatsy!!!!!! :)

    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 3:12PM
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