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December 30, 2021
Farewell to 2021 - Sunbeam Crossroad from The Chester County Criswell Quilt

 At the start of 2020, my New Year resolution was to share a quilt block form the Kansas City Star each day on my Facebook page Two Bits Patches.  It was so much fun that I continued into 2021, this time sharing patterns from Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune.  On Christmas Day in 1935 the quilt pattern was Sunbeam Crossroad.

Sunbeam Crossroad

What a cheerful name!  This is how it appeared in the Tribune 86 years ago.

One of the oldest of the middle western patterns is this delightful little pieced block with such a cheerful name.  "Sunbeam Crossroad ...

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December 20, 2021
Friendship Dahlia from The Chester County Criswell Quilt


The Friendship Dahlia appears to be a most popular quilt block in the 1930s.  It is an applique pattern with eight overlapping petals, a stem which was curved or straight, and a center circle to cover the petal points.  It was a "friendship" block because to get the variety of prints desired the quiltmaker needed to swap materials with her friends.  The block was also made without the variety as shown below (the overlapping petals were a bit challenging for Alma Hampton.)




The Friendship Dahlia design was an Aunt Martha favorite,  pattern number C397.

The instructions state to "crease to ...

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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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December 30, 2020
2021 - More 1930s Patterns from The Chester County Criswell Quilt

 Here at Two Bits Patches, 2020 was the year of the quilt blocks printed in the Kansas City Star newspaper in the 1930s and 1940s. (2020 was the year of many things but let's accentuate the positive.)

Here are a few of the 1930s blocks that came from the Kansas City Star.  I could have cropped out my work table but that's my style - organised chaos.

12 months ago Block #1 was posted on the Two Bits Patches Facebook page, and today will see block #366. It was a very successful New Year's resolution.  So, what is ...

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March 23, 2020
Victory! Nancy Cabot Cathedral Window Block Completed for Anders' Quilt from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Ta-DONE!  I have not been this proud of finishing a single block in a long time, but this one was a bruiser.  It's a vintage block pattern called Cathedral Window, designed by Nancy Cabot and originally published in the Chicago Tribune in 1933.  I foundation paper pieced as much of it as I could, and then there were SIXTEEN Y-seams of traditional piecing to assemble those FPP'd units into the finished block you see below.  The points are sharp, the block is flat, and it measures EXACTLY 20 1/2" square.  That makes me quite a happy camper ...

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March 22, 2020
The Beastly Y-Seam Block Has a Name: Cathedral Window by Nancy Cabot, 1933 Chicago Tribune from Cheeky Cognoscenti

When I was recreating, resizing, recoloring and revising the Moda Modern Building Blocks Sampler in EQ8 Quilt Design Software, swapping out some of the blocks for others in my EQ Block Library, I didn't pay much attention to the information contained in the software "notecard" for each block.  After toiling away at all of these Y-seams, however, I was curious about where this block I'm making came from and I went back to my software to find out.

Cathedral Window by Nancy Cabot, Originally Published in 1933 Chicago Tribune

The 20" block I'm currently working on was ...

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