Posts Written On May 2013

Cross Stitch Mother Goose — Whitman, 1932

I’ve never seen a cross stitch book like this before.  It’s the same size as a typical Whitman soft wrap children’s book from the period (9 1/2″ x 13″), and I think it might have been published simply as a Mother Goose picture book, albeit with unusual illustrations.  Of course, you could also use it as a cross stitch design book.

Counted cross stitch was something I enjoyed doing in the 80s, but haven’t done for a long time.  I do love Mother Goose, though, and these are so cute, I’m tempted to stitch a few of the smaller designs on some of my little girl dresses.


American Weekly Transfer #3160 — Cottage #2

It turns out I was wrong about this transfer.  Although it looks very much like the Alice Brooks Cottage #1 transfer, it’s an American Weekly pattern.  Of course, it could be that American Weekly was just another name used by Needlecraft Services Co. who published patterns under the Alice Brooks and Laura Wheeler names.  The two cottage transfers are exactly the same size (15″ x 20″) and a similar style.




Alice Brooks Transfer #5646 — Cottage #1

This is the first of the large group of vintage transfers sent to me by my friend, Patty (Petalier at Etsy).  It’s one of two cottages in the group, and I wonder if there might have been even more in the original series.  It takes 8 scans to capture the entire sheet, and fitting the images together is kind of challenging, since I can never seem to keep the paper completely straight in the scanner.  Fortunately, pretty much the only Photoshop skills I possess are for tweaking and cleaning up old transfers, although I am very slow.

These large design transfer patterns were meant for pictures or wall hangings, but I’ve always thought they would be nice on a quilt too.  This one was published by Needlecraft Services, Inc. under the Alice Brooks name.  The original sheet has the transfer and instructions on one page, but I have separated them here.  The transfer size is 15″ x 20″, and I have kept the image large in case you would like to copy it.  Although many of my vintage transfers are still in pretty good shape, and I might be able to iron them on fabric, I never do.  I prefer to copy my patterns onto the fabric using a light box and a #2 pencil, even though it takes a lot longer.  (Click twice on the images for full size)




Triangle Quilt Update

The Triangle Quilt now has 22 rows.  You might wonder what is taking me so long, since this is a relatively easy to sew pattern, so I’ll explain.  Each triangle is drawn and cut by hand, and most of them are recycled from old quilt blocks and tops which need to be unpicked, soaked, and pressed.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, most of the browns and madders are reproductions given to me by friends.  These colors, for some reason having to do with the dyes used, seem to deteriorate over time.  It just kills me when I find a beautiful old madder print in a block and it rips at the slightest tug.  A few of the yellow prints are also reproductions; all of the rest of the fabrics are very old.

This is probably about 1/4 of the quilt, which measures 27″ x 85″.  I’m not sure how many rows will be needed; I’ll just keep adding them until it fits the bed.  My version is a little different than the quilt that inspired me, but I’m really happy with it.



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Today while I was browsing around on ebay, I found a photo of a recently sold antique quilt with beautiful madder prints.  The seller included some nice detail shots which I have included below the quilt.