At my local guild meeting last night, my friend Mary Olson from Holdrege, Nebraska had a quilt that’s been passed down in her husband’s family. The quilt has this block repeated over and over.
I don’t think I have ever seen this block before, and Mary hasn’t either. She is in search of more information about the block, so I offered to ask Quilty Pleasures readers what they might know about it.
We aren’t sure how the block should be oriented. In the photo above, it resembles a kitty: arched back, two ears on the right, front paws on the lower right. No tail!
In this orientation it reminded us of a bird. He’s heading to the left with a large beak, one wing is up and the other is down—can you see him?
The quilt itself is rectangular however, which means if you put it on a bed, the blocks would be oriented like this:
Or like this:
All of the blocks are oriented the same way in the quilt. And each block is made from just two fabrics: a background and a print. (In the hustle of cleaning up after the guild meeting, I didn’t get a full shot of the quilt.)
Mary and friends have looked through Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and haven’t spotted it, but with thousands of blocks to look through, it’s possible to miss something.
If you recognize the block and could offer any insight, please leave a comment and let us know. Thanks so much for your help.
Let’s sweeten the pot. The first person to identify the block and offer documentation (something definitive that’s been published and is verifiable) wins a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7 and a little bundle of quilty fun.