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On this page: Winding Ways, Dusty Miller, Friendship Knot, Pointed Ovals, Drunkard's Trail, Chimney Swallows

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Winding Ways


Winding Ways
Rob Peter to Pay Paul/Robbing Peter to Pay Paul/Peter & Paul/Nashville/Ways of the World/Wheel of Mystery/Wheel of Mysterie/Wondrous Ways/Four Leaf Clover/Yours for Luck

This beautiful and very popular block got its name in the usual way—the Ladies Art Company published it (#463, 1922). It was republished under a flurry of names in the 1930s, and then once again in 1959, in the Kansas City Star, as Yours for Luck.

Our example (upper left) is like the block in the LAC catalog. It has also been published as a block of 4 squares in booklets under the name of Grandmother Clark (Peter & Paul and Wheel of Mystery, 1932) and Mrs. Danner (Robbing Peter to Pay Paul, 1954). Besides being made of just four repetitions of the four-leaf-clover shape, there is also a tiny gap between the shapes (below).

Winding Ways

Wheel of Mystery
(Grandmother Clark, Mrs. Danner)

Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller
The Dusty Miller Quilt

This marriage of a Maltese Cross and a Pineapple block is named, according to Ruth Finley (1929), for the guy who ran the grain mill. She described him thus:

...the miller himself was jolly and fat with a white butcher's apron tied about his middle, a white skull cap caked with flour dust on his head, and flour dust clinging to his squinting brows and eyelashes.

There are two ways to draw up Dusty Miller, Finley's (on an 80-square x 80-square grid) and Hall's (on a star grid). We thank Jinny Beyer (Quilter's Album) for figuring that out. The one at left is on the 80 x 80 grid. We've posted a diagram. Just click on the "Make it!" icon.

Friendship Knot

Friendship Knot

Friendship Knot
Friendship Knot
Starry Crown

Ruth Finley, who collected quilt-block designs for her 1929 book Old Patchwork Quilts, traced this design from a block she found in a box of 1860s-era "trash" in the basement of an old church.

There were also fundraising notes from the church women's group: They earned $2.00 for quilting a quilt 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 yards square. (Quilting is sewing a quilt's back, stuffing, and top together with decorative stitching.)

Finley estimated that such a quilt would have 1,000 yards of fancy stitching, done at 5 yards per hour. The means the ladies earned one penny an hour. In 2013, that would be about 25 cents an hour.

That's still the going rate, it seems. Just check out the selling prices for quilts on eBay.

Friendship Knot (Wheeler)

Laura Wheeler's Friendship Knot came along in 1933; it looks much like a Wedding Ring combined with Ruth Finley's version of the block. The Wheeler version has thicker arc shapes. The pieces within the arcs are are scrap fabrics.

Friendship Knot (Hall)

Carrie Hall's 1935 version, which lacked the pieces within the arcs, was done in the same proportions as Wheeler's.

We've posted diagrams for all three blocks. Click on the "Make It!" icon to see them.

Pointed Ovals
Pointed Ovals
Pointed Ovals
Love's Chain

Pointed Ovals was a latecomer to the Kansas City Star's library of quilt blocks; it was published in 1955 and credited to a reader from Oklahoma. Her example, the Star said, was in orchid, yellow, and white.

Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns cites Nancy Cabot for the name Love's Chain.

Drunkard's Trail

The Kansas City Star came up with this block in 1942. Click on the icon for a whole- quilt mockup. Click on the "Make It!" icon for a diagram

Queen's Pride
Queen's Pride

Queen's Pride
Queen's Pride

An unknown designer at Old Chelsea Station Needlecraft Service produced this block back in 1934.

It was credited to Laura Wheeler—a pseudonym, as was the name Alice Brooks, whose designs also came from Old Chelsea Station. Almost all of their blocks appeared in the 1930s, when Art Deco reached the height of its popularity, and many of their blocks feature curves—a welcome challenge, no doubt, for experienced quilters.

The block was also done with a larger center square, drawn on a grid of 4 squares by 4. It looked something like the block at lower left.

Chimney Swallows
Chimney Swallows

Chimney Swallows blocks are like a large family of sisters. They hail from the Ladies Art Company, Ruth Finley, Nancy Cabot, Laura Wheeler, and Carrie Hall, who published two variations in 1935. It probably deserves a family page of its own.

We based the graphic at left on one of Hall's blocks. Click on it to see a whole-quilt mockup.