Posts Written On July 2015

Butterfly Embroidery Patterns, 1914

Here are some sweet butterfly designs from a newspaper article titled “Of Interest To Every Woman” edited by Martha Westover. The designs took up almost an entire page, included some duplicate butterflies, and were meant to be transferred directly from newsprint to fabric using the following method.

Dissolve a half teaspoonful of washing powder or a small piece of soap in two-thirds of a glass of water. To this add a tablespoonful of ammonia. Place the material on which the transfer is to be made on a hard, smooth surface, saturate the back of the design with the above solution, place the design face down on the material, laying a sheet of thick paper over the back of the design; hold firmly with one hand and with the bowl of a spoon rub, with pressure from you.

This sounds both tricky and messy, and like something that might not work all that well.  I think I’d just trace the pattern.

These butterflies remind me of some I saw on an embroidered quilt for sale on ebay some years ago. They were so whimsical and original, that I wrote a post about them.


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Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #9 – Bye, Baby Bunting

Since it was discovered that blankets should no longer be used to cover baby in her crib, she needs cozy sleepwear for cool nights. Bunting is back, baby!

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #9



Bye, Baby Bunting,

Daddy’s gone a hunting,

For to get a ribbit’s skin,

To wrap the Baby Bunting in.

Baby Bunting is bidding “bye” to his daddy. Do you suppose he needs a bigger rabbit skin, or one for Sundays? It seems like Baby Bunting is mighty little to be out alone, but Mother Goose and her helpers can keep care of him till he gets back his daddy and a soft, new coat.

Here’s my doll-sized Baby Bunting block . . .


and here’s the first two rows set together with sashing made from tiny vintage squares (this amazing ebay purchase). I added the top border so you could see how it’s going to be trimmed with vintage rick-rack. It’s very scrappy and busy, but I like it.




Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #8 – Little Miss Muffet

According to Wikipedia: A tuffet, pouffe or hassock is a piece of furniture used as a footstool or low seat. It is distinguished from a stool in that it is completely covered in cloth so that no legs are visible, and is essentially a large hard cushion that may have an internal wooden frame to give it more rigidity.

If my blocks were a bit larger, I would have been tempted to give that spider six more legs.

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #8



Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey;

Along came a spider and sat down beside her,

And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Miss Muffet is still sitting all straight and proper. She hasn’t seen the dreadful, old spider dropping down to peek under her bonnet yet. If you will trace her quickly before she humps to run, you can always keep her with the other little Quilties, and the big old spider will not hurt her, either, because he is really busy spinning a new web.

The doll quilt version . . .




Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #7 – Jack Sprat

Dyspeptic — now that’s a word you don’t hear much anymore, and certainly not one you would normally read in an article intended for children. It does seem to be a good description of Mr. Sprat, however, since it means irritability brought on by indigestion. I think I would be irritable, too, if I never ate any fat. As for Mrs. Sprat, I would be a little offended at being called “fat and greasy,” even though (when you read the whole sentence) I think it’s meant as a sort of compliment.

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #7



Jack Sprat would eat no fat,

His wife could eat no lean;

And so between them both

They licked the platter clean.

Doesn’t Jack Sprat look dyspeptic and grouchy?  Ugh! He just got a little piece of fat on his fork and it almost took his poor lean appetite. But Mrs. Sprat gobbles it up. She is so fat and greasy that she slides along easily and keeps poor Jack good natured enough to belong with the happy Quilties.

Here is my doll-sized Jack Sprat block, as well as the Simple Simon block that I didn’t finish in time for his post last week.




Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #6 – Simple Simon

It’s interesting that Ruby McKim decided to use the third verse of the Simple Simon rhyme for this quilt. She also used it a decade later in her Rhyme Land quilt (pattern available here). Many children are probably familiar with the first two verses, having to do with the Pie Man, but this verse is less well known.

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #6



Simple Simon went a-fishing

For to catch a whale;

But all the water he could find

Was in his mother’s pail.

Poor Simple Simon! He expects to catch a great big whale almost any minute. He has sat there a long time, but he will never get a bite. Whales do not swim around in wooden pails, and that is all that Simple Simon could find. If you will let him be a Quiltie, though, he will fish there as long as your quilt lasts.

Things have been a little hectic around here, so I didn’t manage to finish my square for this week. Hopefully by next week I’ll be back on track with two new blocks completed — Simple Simon and Jack Sprat.


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Happy 4th of July and Stencil Winners

How about a nice Workbasket eagle to stitch for our Independence Day here in the USA. More vintage patriotic transfers are available in earlier posts here and here.


Congratulations to the winners of The Stencil Company feather templates.



Sandra D


I will be contacting you for your mailing address. The stencil packages will be shipped directly from the company.