Thursday, April 7, 2011

What's old is new again!

Our guild had a wonderful speaker this month. Hallye Bone gave a talk and presented quilts from the 30's. I got some great photos and as I was listening to her lecture, I realized how much commonality there is between quilting now and the quilts made in the 30's.

Certainly many of the popular patterns are popping up today. The beloved Dresden is one of the favorite blocks of modern quilters. Today they have a wonderful new look - like my Amy Butler Dresdens.
This quilt is a new one made with feedsacks from the 30's. The pattern is Jewel Box. Remember mine?
This block is really popular today and we saw several 30's quilts with the same pattern. I think it's called X's and O's.
Another common trait of 30's quilts is the use of white and lots of white space. Think we're seeing that today too!
We saw several quilts using this pattern. I just love it. I'm going to rack my brain to see if I can come up with an easy way to piece that one!

And notice all the solid fabrics in the 30's quilts? Well, it was cheaper so they used it liberally. With cottons rising, I think we're in the same boat!

This is Glorified Nine Patch and was just patterned in the latest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. You'll find a beautiful modern version here.
Fans. This quilt belongs to our member Darlene and is simply beautiful. Love the border. I'm going to have to try that!
Lots of scraps. They didn't want to waste any scraps in the 30's. Sound familiar?
I have a quilt top and a set of Flower Garden blocks that my Grandmother made in the 30's. I'm really inspired to try and finish those. Because what's old is new again!!


  1. I think every pattern looks good in 30's...

  2. Thanks for the beautiful display of quilts! Maybe this is why I like the Modern quilts so much. Thirties quilts are one of my favorites.

  3. Get that brain a-workin' on that little star quilt. I'm interested in that too.

  4. What great quilts! It was a wonderful program. Thank you for sharing your photos.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

  5. These are great quilts! Do you happen to know the name of the quilt in the 8th picture? It reminds me of Granny Squares that I've crocheted. I'd love to have the pattern.

  6. This was such a fun post...amazing older quilts and great links to their modern counterparts!


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