Friday, March 26, 2021

Unpublished Regional Patterns in the Encyclopedia


Pennsylvania name quilt inscribed by James Mack, 1854.
Pook & Pook Auction.

Here's one of the patterns I added to the new Encyclopedia of Pieced Patterns and BlockBase+

A nine-patch with a square in the center for an inscription.

Similar quilt made for 
"Anna Maria Desch
(Her Quilt)

The pattern was handed around in a small community in southeastern Pennsylvania. Anna Maria's quilt is in the collection of the Goschenhoppen Historians in Berks County. Not a lot of examples but enough to make it significant.


People call it Flying Crow today but we don't know how old that name is. I thought I'd add it to the index because it is distinctive and such a good clue to a Pennsylvania origin. In the Encyclopedia it is labeled, "Unknown from a Pennsylvania quilt dated 1853." You don't get quite as much information in BlockBase+ (why you need both the book & the program.)

Now #1644

Read Lucinda Cawley's AQSG paper: "Ihr Deppich: Quilts & Fraktur" in the 2004 Uncoverings:

I added several other patterns passed around without benefit of commercial publication. 


The Bowmansville Star, again popular in a small Pennsylvania community but not published as a pattern until recently.

The Encyclopedia book tells you it is the Bowmansville Star, popular in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Here's a version in the collection of the Museum at Michigan State University.

Inscription: 1887 Ida Mayer, who lived in Bowmansville. 
From the look of the blue Eli Walker print in the border 
I'd guess it was bordered and quilted about 100 years later.

The Pennsylvanians created many variations of the large star pieced of squares so if you are numbering yours I'd call it #3982.5 variation.

I also numbered regional patterns found other places.

North Carolina quilt from
 Kathy Sullivan's collection, about 1890-1930

Over ten years ago we discussed a rather fascinating Southern pattern on this blog.

Where it was identified as a pattern found in the Indiana project.

It's now in BlockBase+
as #4180 so you can make a block any size you want.

I did a preview of the pattern as templates in BlockBase+. There are four templates because they are not exactly alike. Here's a preview of a pattern (12" as I recall.)
I usually file these digitally rather than printing them out, saving them either as a PDF or do a screen shot of the preview. I condense the templates too by using the move tool (that arrow at top right)

So now I am ready to make one of these. Hah!
Pigs flying.
Which might be a good alternate name.

More information on BlockBase+: 

I see on the EQ Blog that you can make plastic 3-dimensional templates with BlockBase+ on a 3-D Printer.

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