Album block, about 1875
Check the Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber blog for a free pattern
that Kathe Dougherty made up in my Ladies's Album fabric line.
We used one of my favorite blocks, this classic design called Album Block.
Ladies' Album by Kathe Dougherty,
quilted by Sandy Morgan Cockrum.
Mid-19th century album quilt
That central square offered a great place for names and many, many groups
of quiltmakers used the design to gather signatures and memories.
In one variation you use a strip to replace the 3 center squares.
Here is a 1920's block from the Carrie Hall collection at the Spencer
Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.
Block set with buff and blue chintz print
Another mid-19th-century version with blocks on point
from Laura Fisher at Fisher Heritage.
Quilt dated 1903
See what you can do with the block!