QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Peto's May Basket Kit

Floral Basket, New England, c. 1870
 (Betty Sterling, photograph courtesy Mr. & Mrs Leonard Balish.)
Leonard Balish was an antique dealer in Englefield, New Jersey

Basket sampler pictured in Robert Bishop's & Patricia Coblentz's 1975 book
 New Discoveries in American Quilts, pg 102.

This quilt may have been inspiration for a Paragon quilt kit 
designed by New Jerseyite Florence Peto.


Quilt made from the kit. 

Linda Knutson wrote a bit about the kit for her South Carolina guild 
newsletter and said it was published in 1966.

Trish Failla posted this quilt on the Quilts Vintage & Antique Facebook group.
Other versions were shown.

Donna Vitale's collection

Denyse Theodore Eisenhardt recently made this one based on the pattern,
hand appliqued and hand quilted.

UPDATE: Penpal Barbara Schaffer commented:

According to Cuesta Benberry's research and contribution to New Jersey project book A Passion for Quilts: The Story of Florence Peto, May Basket No. 01166 was inspired by a Peto antique quilt that was published in McCall's Needlework & Crafts S/S 1966. Paragon offered the kit in two colorways: green and rust, and blue and brown.

We got to see an unfinished kit.



Why are those triangles basted down?

Then I realized you were supposed to applique everything.


Appliqueing triangles not my idea of a good time.

4 comments:

  1. Yes, according to Cuesta's research and contribution to HQPNJ's book A Passion for Quilts: The Story of Florence Peto, May Basket No. 01166 was inspired by a Peto antique quilt that was published in McCall's Needlework & Crafts S/S 1966. Paragon offered the kit in two colorways: green and rust, and blue and brown. Very happy to see photos of this quilt. Thanks for posting!

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  2. I have seen parts of various kits where you applique triangles and other shapes. I agree Barbara Brackman...applique those shapes...not my first pick!!!

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  3. Cute pattern, but appliqueing triangles doesn't sound like too much fun to me either. I would definitely use the sewing machine method for this darling basket block!

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