Nebraska Friendship Quilt
Notice the edge of diamonds. Tricky binding!
This is such a great example of "modern style" during the 1930s
although it may look anything but modern to us.
It's #749 in BlockBase+
The maker of this top understood 1930s modernism very well.
No old-fashioned dark colors for her: New pastel solids
and scrappy dress prints.
And like the Nebraska quiltmakers she contrasted prints with plains,
a hallmark of the modern quilt at the time.
Old-fashioned gold and blue palette updated with new shades.
Probably some fading in the stars.
West Virginia project & the Quilt Index
Alma Watkins (1883 - 1937) didn't quite get it. In her sixties when she made the quilt above she seems to be in a transition between new pastels and old-fashioned red & green color scheme. Her top was quilted later by her granddaughters.
North Carolina project & the Quilt Index
Nor did Lucy Tucker
New pattern, old scrap bag
North Carolina project & the Quilt IndexQuilt made for Sarah Royal by friends and relatives
in the Stone Mountain Community, Alleghany County
The color scheme in bold polished cottons and black looks quite modern to us today, but I bet the designers were following North Carolina traditional color with new fabrics. The date 1928 on this block makes no sense as the distinctive patchwork pattern is 1933 but 1928 is Joyce and Boyce's birthdate. The family recalled it as being made in 1939 when the twins were about 10.
And then there's this scrap riot. Scraps from the first half of the 20th century, combined in that aesthetic we have been calling Variable Contrast.
Here's a pattern for a 12" block from BlockBase+
Print it on an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet. See the inch square for scale.