E is for Eight-Pointed Star

eight-pointed star quilt

Deeply do I regret my ignorance of all the different patterns of quilts. The Log Cabin I know, the Eight-pointed Star I know. . .but when I go out in company and the conversation turns on quilts, I have to sit there with my jaw hanging, and not a word out of me because I don’t want to let on how green I am.

The text is from page 189 of the book Our Town, by Eugene Wood, 1913. Click here to read it online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2013

C is for Crazy Quilt

crazy quilt

There are several ways of making crazy quilts and the worker must be guided in her choice of methods partly by her taste, partly by the materials she can command . . . The materials used in this kind of patchwork are silk, satin or velvet scraps of different colors, shapes and sizes, which are joined together with embroidery silk, worked in a variety of fancy stitches.

The text is from Lessons in Fancy Work, by Lydia Y. Sandford, 1885. Click here to read it online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2013