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Unpublished Regional Patterns in the Encyclopedia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.


JustGail said...

It may not be good that I know this. OTOH, niece's DH has a 3d printer - maybe he needs a project.

Barbara Brackman said...

The possibilities are rather open ended here.

sue s said...

My hubby is looking for excuses to use his 3-D so this could be fun! I'm buying the BB this weekend and hoping to install and follow the SAL they are running on the Blog. Thanks Barbara for all you do. Just wish your fabric would show up!

Sue Green said...

This is very interesting to me as I have ancestors named Mack who married Holsingers and settled in the Lancaster area. They came from Germany for freedom of religion and to found the Church of the Brethren.

Ellie said...

I have a 3d printer and a cricut and find that the cricut template cutting experience is much easier. I buy old plastic folders for about $.10 at a thrift shop and cut them up to get flat plastic pieces. The clear ones can be taped on top of a quilting ruler for times when you had oddball alignments to make.

I export the templates out in A0 size PDF and load it into inkscape that will render it as an SVG. Just a teeny bit of cleanup and it's ready to load into the cricut software. I will usually add some tiny circles at any points where I want registration marks (eg curves). Once loaded into the cricut software, I usually add some labels and change those and the seam allowance to be engraved. So I end up with a nice set of flexible templates I can trace/cut, plus they are labeled and store really easily in a project bag. I've also used these to directly cut the fabrics when there's a particularly weird curve, or just used the fabric marker to draw the shapes directly onto the fabric.

As we know, there's no wrong way to do anything if the result works for you! But there are many options out there. The nice thing about using a digital cutter is that you can reuse a lot of materials for your templates. The chipboard backing to 10" and 5" precut squares, shoe/cereal boxes, or other chipboard packing material etc. are both very traditional for templates and recyclable for when the project is over. The PLA often used in 3d printing (which is the right material for this task!) cannot be recycled (well, you have to work really hard to get it recycled).

Anyhow, rant aside :-) I've 3d printed many quilting tools for myself, but there are tons of options for templates!