One woman's trash, another woman's treasure.
I bought these blocks on eBay for way cheap. About $1.30 each. You probably had no urge to bid against me. They are a treasure to me because those little pinned-on scraps of paper are pattern names.
The blocks are poorly stitched, of poor fabric with little contrast. The fabrics might have been called cottonade, inexpensive clothing wovens. Maybe early 20th century. They are stained with brown spots and have an overall yellowed look to them. Perhaps these were someone's pattern blocks, made and kept for ideas.With the name on each. The seller was in Ohio.
I re-pinned the names on the blocks with stainless pins and rephotographed.
And then I looked for the source for the names in BlockBase.
The earliest use of Hour Glass for BlockBase #1195, the pattern above,
is a 1932 Kansas City Star publication.
That seems a little late for these blocks but we continue sleuthing.
This one wasn't hard to find either. BlockBase #3184,
King's Crown from the Ladies Art Company.
The Ladies Art Company started publishing
patterns and names about 1890 but this one
#362 has a high number, indicating it might
be one of their later additions.
The Family Circle
I could not find one block in BlockBase named Family Circle.
And I didn't find this block with any name although there are lots
of similar blocks.
Cats and Kittens
Ditto, no Cats & Kittens and no block just like this.
I'd call this an album quilt variation, one of many designs with the diagonal construction.
BlockBase has something in that category named Log Cabin and Album
from Comfort magazine. But it's not the same.
I cannot read the name on this block. Well I can read it; it just makes no sense.
Thank you, Readers. It's Saw Tooth!!!
Well I had $1.30's worth of fun out of each of those blocks. My guess on the source: a publication in the early 20th century. One I haven't seen yet.