Me and the people at Electric Quilt have been working on re-issuing my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and the digital version BlockBase in new editions later this year so I've recently been adding patterns I missed in the first indexes.
I wrote a bit about the Laura Wheeler/Alice Brooks designs of the 1930s in the Kansas City Star Quilts Sampler book that came out last year and I thought I'd seen them all.
Link to a preview:
Colonial contradiction so prevalent in the 1930s:
Inaccurate period dress, colonial kitchen green and modern patterns.
Merikay Waldvogel conducted a study center on an important newspaper pattern group for the AQSG meeting last October. She has been telling me I missed a lot of Alice Brooks/Laura Wheeler designs. I was aghast to find she is right.
Like the one in the lower center in her graphic for the study center.
I spent hours on that Friendship Chain and a post here:
The patterns I missed were mostly under the Alice Brooks byline.
Darn that Alice Brooks.
I missed some Laura Wheeler designs like this one too.
Leota sent a scrappy version, telling me she couldn't find it in the Encyclopedia.
It will be in the next edition.
Setting Sun, Leota
Old Chelsea Station (this is what the pattern collectors of the 1960s & '70s called it because their office was across the street from this post office branch in Manhattan)
Marian Martin (more clothing than quilts)
Lily Album 1933
Merikay told me to subscribe to Newspapers.com to find more Brooks designs so I did and have spent too many leisure hours scrolling through papers looking at "Alice Brooks Quilt Pattern" hits. I have come up with many that were not indexed.
Fortune's Fancy 1933
Pine Cone 1934
Sally's Favorite 1933
It may have been Sally's Favorite, but I haven't ever seen a quilt in the pattern. Some of the Brooks patterns are a bit quirky.
Flower Wreath 1935
Friendship Rings, quirky though it may have been, was relatively popular. I've been looking for the source for all these wedding ring chain quilts for a while.
Read more about the syndicate here at Wilene Smith's webpage: