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September 7, 2021
1930s Patchwork Turtle Still an Orphan from The Chester County Criswell Quilt

 This orphan block is made from a pattern simply called Turtle.



I'm guessing it was a challenge for the maker.  It is hand pieced with very neat stitches but the outcome isn't quite right.  The block doesn't sit flat and the triangles aren't quite large enough. There appears to be some machine stitching in the top pieces that has been removed; perhaps an attempt to square the block up.  Orphan blocks often look like this, they are the ones that could not be joined together with their friends.


I have not found the Turtle in the ...

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July 2, 2021
Quilt Patterns in the Newspapers from The Chester County Criswell Quilt

 2021 is half gone, hard to believe.  In 2020 I posted a Kansas City Star block every day on my Facebook page.  This year I chose quilt blocks from Nancy Cabot of the Chicago Tribune and the block #182 for 1st July was Indian Charm. 183 patterns to go til 2022.

There was a superstition among the ancient quiltmakers that black, included in a coverlet, was not to be taken as a good omen, and no one ever dared consider it in combination with other colors. When "Indian Charm" was adapted from an old Indian pattern the original designer defied ...

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