Quilt Pattern No.203-Rockingham's Beauty
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Ephemera Record: 1E-A3-16D

Ephemera Object Description

title
Quilt Pattern No.203-Rockingham's Beauty
creator
  • Ladies Art Company
InstNameF003
  • Michigan State University Museum
description
A quilt pattern published by the Ladies Art Company. The Ladies Art Company placed small ads in ladies magazines and farm papers for their catalog. From the catalog, the pattern was ordered and mailed to the customer. The LAC was the first business to offer hundreds of quilt patterns in a mail order catalog. Up until the 1950s the patterns consisted of a 3” pattern card featuring a color suggestion for the quilt block, and an envelope containing full size, tan tissue paper templates (without seam allowance or any markings) of each shape needed to complete the block. (The earliest versions of the 3" pattern cards were hand painted with water colors by the owner's children.) In the 1950s, the company changed hands and they started producing mimeographed sheets that included fabric yardage, labeled templates with seam allowances and line drawings of a portion of a completed quilt or the full completed quilt and also revised and reprinted the 1928 catalog. The earliest appearance of this pattern would have been the 1895 catalog. This is a quilt pattern in three pieces. A. An 8 1/2" x 14" sheet of paper with a black and white illustration of a partial quilt. Color suggestions and cutting instructions with a diagram of the quilt block are included on the back. B. Stapled to the first sheet is an 8 1/2" x 14" page with full size pattern pieces (including 1/4" seam allowances). C. A small 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" square of cardstock with a drawing of the quilt block colored in purple, white and green. Quilt size: 81x96" Block size: 15x15"
dateOriginal
1895
timePeriod
1876-1900
city
St. Louis
state
Missouri (MO)
country
United States
source
Quilt Pattern No.203-Rockingham's Beauty, Ladies Art Company, St. Louis, MO, 1895. Cuesta Benberry Collection, Michigan State University Museum, Acc# 2009:9.1.203.
type
Text
physicalobjectType
  • Pattern
language
English
InstInvContrNumF004
2009:9.1.203
rights
Contact MSU Museum.
subjectlist
  • Block pattern
  • Piecing

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contributingInstitutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
onlinePublisher
Quilt Index
geolocator
38.646991-90.22496699999999
St Louis, MO, USA