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Maple Leaf

 

Maple Leaf (EZ)

In 1906, Clara Stone's Practical Needlework included this block as #99. We can't see any seamlines in the copy we use, so we felt free to make the block as easy as possible.

The design is deceptively simple, and it works because when it's laid out, you make two arrows face inward and two outward, just as in Palm Leaf, which you can see by clicking here:


Broad Arrow


Ozark Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf/Broad Arrow/Ozark Maple Leaf

A Farm Journal supplement from 1941 offered Broad Arrow, which is all but identical to Maple Leaf. If you're looking for arrows, though, you might want to use three colors, as we have at left.

In our copy of the original, it's hard to see the seam lines. Our best guess, at upper left, is drawn on a 6x6 grid. There are other possibilities. Click on the lavender "Make it!" icon to see some options, including the "EZ" version above.

The line drawing at lower left is called Ozark Maple Leaf and is probably the best known. Click the blue "Make it!" icon to see how-to instructions on Generations-Quilt-Patterns.com.




Flora's Favorite


Flora's Favorite
(original)
Flora's Favorite
Letter F

Clara Stone included "Letter F, or Flora's Favorite" in Practical Needlework (1906). It's not strictly an alphabet block but a bouquet of Fs drawn up on a 14 x 14 grid.

The block isn't often made in two colors because it resembles a swastika, but with a few color changes, it's a whole 'nother image. Click on a block to see a mockup. If you'd like to read more about turning swastika blocks into something inoffensive, click here:


Beggar Block




Beggar's Block

Beggar Block
Beggar's Block/Cats and Mice/Over and Under Quilt/Spool and Bobbin/Spools and Bobbins/Homespun

We'd call this block from the Ladies Art Company an oddball, but Beggar Block (#68, 1897) spawned no fewer than six other names.

The 1897 block wound up — with the same name — in the Kansas City Star in 1929. The other names above are from Nancy Cabot, Chicago Tribune,1933; Jane Alan, Illinois State Register,1933; Nancy Cabot, Chicago Tribune, 1936, Nancy Page, in the Detroit Free Press, in 1934, and finally, for the next two names, Nancy Page of the Birmingham News,1939.

Beggar's Block
Beggar's Choice/Under and Over

Then there's Beggar's Block, a variation of Beggar Block. Nancy Page of the Birmingham News created it by plugging in another one of the hourglass-like miniblocks as the center square. Page used the first two of the additional names in 1934 and Under and Over in 1941. We've reversed the colors to show the seams. But basically, like Beggar Block itself, it's nine 3x3 miniblocks on a 9x9 grid.

We are indebted to Jinny Beyer and her Quilter's Album (2009) for the names, designers, and dates of publication of these and other blocks. (We have two copies of Quilter's Album, by the way, and believe that every quilter and designer should have at least one.)

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