10-6 Simple Design. Simple Design is another block from the Ladies Art Company (1897, #321), I love the possibility to ‘fussy cut’ one of your feature fabrics for the centre. According to Barbara Brackman, this block was also documented by Carrie Hall in 1935, however, she depicted four blocks set together.
10-8 Ladies'Aid Album. adies’ Aid Album was first published in the Kansas City Star in 1938. There were many Ladies’ Aid societies established in the American Civil War to provide supplies, including quilts, and nursing care to soldiers. Brabara Brackman has written an informative article about the block and the Ladies Aid Societies for those of you interested in the topic.
10-10. Sailboat for Columbus Day. This block is a simplified version of The Mayflower, published in the Kansas City Star in 1936, and then later in the same newspaper as Sailboat in Blue and White in 1945. It also goes by the name Tad Lincoln’s Sailboat (Famous Features mail-order booklets). Later, a similar block, made entirely of squares (too much piecing for my liking) was published in the Kansas City Star in 1957 as Sail Boat, and by Mrs Danner’s Quilts.
10-3.Today is German Unity Day. Roads to Berlin is the name given to this block in 1944 in the Kansas City Star. It is also known as Box Quilt (Ladies Art Company, 1897, #351 and Hall, 1935), Box Car Quilt (Nancy Cabot) and The Open Box (Alice Gammel, 1973). Both Hall (1935) and Grandmother Clark (1930s) called it Eccentric Star, while the Kansas City Star published the same block as Contrary Husband in 1938. Other names are Churn Dasher (Hall, 1935) and Open Book (Needlecraft Suppl,1930s).
10-4. Split Nine-Patch. This block is documented by Carrie hall in 1935, where it was listed under Split Nine Patch and Split 9 Patch. I recently procured a copy of Carrie Hall and Rose Kretsinger’s 1935 book, The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America. Many of you probably don’t know: Carrie Hall pieced all the blocks she documented, over 850!