Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Whole Top Quilt Patterns in the New Encyclopedia


Star of France, collection of the American Museum of Folk Art

If you had the old editions of my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns you could find
the name of this quilt pattern designed by Hubert VerMerhren about 1933.
#4000 Star of France

But it wasn't a very pretty drawing. These patterns designed
to fill the whole quilt are neither easy to make nor easy to draw.
VerMehren was good at the drafting.

However, my page proof of the third edition show a much
better drawing (Thanks, Ann & Jenny!)

In fact all the Whole-Top designs are nicely drafted now.
In color and outline.

Many of the patterns on the pages at the end of the book are
VerMehren designs from his DesMoines studio. He called
this one the D.A.R. Quilt #4002

4014 The Sunburst Quilt
4015 The Giant Dahlia

The pattern for the Giant Dahlia appeared in
newspapers in 1934 & 1935

All good to know.

80" x 80"
In case you should come across one of these at a yard


  1. Wow, the giant dahlia is so pretty. I have your new encyclopedia and LOVE IT. It's a great update.

  2. It is a great post thank you. I'll have to get your book now! It is really interesting to see how the pattern translates into a quilt - something my brain definitely needs help with.
    Here's hoping for a better New Year in 2021!

  3. There was an Amish lady who taught the Giant Dahlia pattern at a local quilt shop for many years. She has since retired. I regret that I never took the class, but found it very intimidating. One of my quilt group members did take her class and has made many dahlia quilt including some she turned into Christmas tree skirts.

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