1890s to 1910s. Antique Quilts, Fabric Study, hand quilting, One Patch Quilts, quilt collections, reproduction fabrics, vintage fabrics
One patch quilts have been a mainstay of quilters since people picked up needles, thread and scraps of fabric.
Squares, triangles and diamonds or more complex shapes such as hexagons and clamshells have been used time and time again to create sophisticated designs.
One patch quilts can follow a formal layout of scraps and colours or can be randomly pieced out of the scrap basket.
Either way they make wonderful quilts.
Some of the one patch quilts in my collection include squares, triangles, tumblers, hexagons and apple core shapes.
Diamonds circa 1960s.
I purchased this quilt top at an antique market and hand quilted it in the Baptist Fan design. The maker had some great fabrics in her scrap basket including one with the American State flags and the year the states joined the United States of America. The last two to join were Alaska in 1958 and Hawaii in 1959. So we can presume this fabric was purchased in 1959 or later.
The quilter used great skill in her fabric placement. Solid colours are used for the diamonds in one direction and patterned fabrics in the other direction.
Old Fashioned Spools
This is a quilt that I am presently hand piecing. I prefer the name Old Fashioned Spools but it is more commonly called Apple Core or Double-Bitted Axe. I am alternating light and dark fabrics throughout.
This quilt top contains shirtings, mourning prints, florals, plains, stripes and checks. Two cheddar yellow tumblers and the use of red and white spotted fabrics brighten up the sombre tone of the quilt. The top is hand pieced.
The maker of this quilt planned her use of fabrics carefully making sure she had enough of each one to stitch a row of triangles across the quilt. The fabrics used are typical of the 1910’s but the indigos appear to be from earlier. The indigos are patterned with white and cheddar designs.
I hope you enjoy seeing some of my one patch quilts and may be inspired to use your scraps to carry on this lovely quilting tradition. Happy Patching and thank you for visiting, Janette – The Plain Needlewoman
Wonderful,beautiful quilts and quilt tops! it is so fun looking at the vintage fabric. The old fashion spool fabric are you using reproduction fabric or did you find the original fabric? Either way it’s a scrappy delight.:)
Thank you for your comment. I am using an assortment of fabrics which include reproductions and scraps left from other quilts and dressmaking.
I am enjoying the process very much. Happy Easter Deb and kind regards Janette
Jeanne Bouquet said:
Hello Janette, I have just discovered your blog and have poured over it for hours. Lovely and fascinating! Your entry for June 26, 2015 includes a fan quilt from the 1930’s in which each 9 piece fan has a red center piece. Can you tell me approximately how big each block is and how big each fan piece is? Thank you!
Hi there Jeanne, Thank you for your very kind comments. You have made my day. I am glad you love the fan quilt as I think it is a lovely quilt. There are many lovely fabrics in this one and I love a touch of red. The block measures 5 1/2 inches and the blades are 2 inches long by 3/4 inch to 1/2 inch. This is not including seam allowances and I have taken these measurements directly off the quilt. It is all piecework. Hope this is helpful. I would love to hear how you go if you decide to make this quilt. Thanks again, sending my best Janette – The Plain Needlewoman.
Thank you so much for your reply Janette. I did not picture the blocks/fans being so small. I bet it is fabulous! I’m not sure yet how big I will make mine. I will definitely give you a peek when done. Thanks again for taking the time to reply. Jeanne