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Dove-in-the-
Window
Dove-in-the-Window

Ruth Finley, in her 1929 book Old Patchwork Quilts, attributed the name of this block to a country tradition of boring holes under the eaves of the barn to accommodate pigeons, which were the farm boy's pets.

Dove-in-the-Window makes a surprisingly effective whole quilt design, and it would also work well as a scrap quilt. Click on the graphic to see it.

Lend & Borrow
(Malone)

Lend & Borrow
(Kansas City Star)

Lend & Borrow

The version at left is from Maggie Malone's 5,500 Quilt Block Designs, who cites, among other sources, Woman's World magazine.

Lend & Borrow
Rocky Glen/The Lost Ship/Indian Meadow/Little Saw Tooth/Lost Ship

This block usually goes by Lend & Borrow. Its first publisher under that name, the Kansas City Star (1932), showed seven triangles, not five, in each of the design's four blocks. Our graphic is in the colors recommended by the Star's quilt columnist, Evelyn Foland, who added, "The entire quilt is always made of the pieced blocks when this pattern is used."

Prior to that, Ruth Finley, in 1929, called it Rocky Glen and The Lost Ship.

For another variation of this block, Flamingos in Flight, cllick here:

Birds in the Air
Flying Goose
Birds in the Air

This version of Birds in the Air is from a 1964 publication called Little n' Big, as well as A Perfect Patchwork Primer (Gutcheon, 1973). It's also a building block for some variations of Shoo Fly, such as Duck & Ducklings (click on the small icon to go there):

Arrowhead Puzzle

Arrowhead Puzzle

From an Aunt Martha booklet published about 1963. The block at left is how Jinny Beyer drew it in Quilter's Album. For a windmill version captured by Barbara Brackman, click here:



Potted Roses
Potted Roses

Beyer, again, is our source for this pretty block by Nancy Cabot, which we've shown in colors that emphasize the reason it may have been named as it was.

The block was published in 1936 as a group of 4 blocks all oriented the same way. We've experimented a bit with the setting in our whole-quilt mockups. Click on the block to see them.


For more about the asymmetrical blocks that we're calling half 'n' half blocks, click on this icon: