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Some of you have asked me for a little bit more information about newspaper quilt patterns series. The newspapers started to run series of quilt patterns which would appeared in the newspapers in the 1930s and continued on through the 50s.Most of the series that appeared were red work or embroidery series, the patterns were published weekly. The quilters would wait for their newspapers to arrive and transfer the pattern onto the fabric using carbon paper.
The quilt designers in the 30s would visit various newspapers to sell them their quilt patterns. I think that two of the most popular series quilt designers were Florence Laganke Harris and Ruby McKim.
Ruby McKim designs are mostly used for embroidery, one of my favorites was the roly-poly circus quilt. She designed many other sets including Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, nursery rhymes, state flowers, Bible history quilt and many more.
Florence Laganke Harris designed patterns series that were more of an appliqué series. I love the simplicity of her alphabet quilt, some of her other popular series were the magic vine, flower basket, fruit basket, French bouquet, and her snowflake quilt.
The picture above is a series that is in my collection. The quilt series was posted in the Houston Junior Post, it started on Wednesday, November 16, 1932 and ran through April 19, 1933. These were Ruby McKim designs, this series was called colonial quilt. There were 24 patterns to complete this quilt and there was a special contests that was held, a price of $15 and 2 $5 prizes were awarded to the winner at the end of the contest for the quilt that they chose as the winners.
The instructions under the pattern read: instructions for making the colonial quilt are very simple. The drawing is changed into a quilt block by taking a smooth piece of muslin or some light, plain-color gingham 9 inch square. Quit this design and place over the cloth so that the design is right in the center. Slip a sheet of carbon paper between the paper and cloth and trace. Then embroider an outline stitch.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to open a newspaper today and be able to find quilt series.
Have a wonderful weekend stitching.