Eight Block is Petunia

Ephemera Record: 1E-A3-F18

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Eight Block is Petunia
  • Crumb, Edith
  • Michigan State University Museum
This is part of Edith B Crumb's Quilt Club Corner and Beauty in the Home column. This particular column announces the eight block in the Flower Garden quilt pattern. It also includes a letter from a quilter giving her feedback on the Dresden Plate quilt pattern.
Michigan (MI)
United States
The Detroit News
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Detroit News History Project
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Eight Block is Petunia
All quilt makers who are anxious to add the next quilt will be interested to know that this week the design is a petunia the small sketch showing how attractive this is. 
Because of the rush of the holiday season, the seventh block (holly berry) was run for two week but from now on may count on a different one each week. 

In all there will be 21 different block patterns for this quilt, 29 being used for the top, which will be four blocks wide and five blocks long. The twenty first block should have 16 made like it, this being for the border to fit on the two sides and the end. 
A number of readers have asked if blocks might be had in advance but this is Impossible. No envelopes will be help for future patters. By asking for one pattern at a time you receive the most prompt services.

To receive this eighth pattern the Petunia for your quilt, all you have to do is send your request for it to the Beauty in the Home Department. The Detroit News, enclosing with it a self addressed stamped envelope. 

…out your suggestions and wish to thank you. 
My question this time may seem very simple one to you but I want to do what is right. I have your Dresden Plate quilt pattern and I had planned to make it by hand. Perhaps the large squares could be stitched on the machine but I mean the actual piecing of the plate. My friends tell me I am foolish that a quilt made by machine looks much better and wears longer. 
Which has more value a quilt made by machine or hand. I come from a  family or dressmakers tailoresses and fancy work makers of very high merit. Their quilts were always made completely by hand and quilting in the most beautiful designs in the tiniest stitches. Unfortunately most of these dearly beloved ancestors were gone by the time I had grown up and the lovely pieces I might have inherited were given to the daughters in law who did not value them or were worn out. I want my quilt when finished to be worth while. It was my first attempt. 

Do you know for a fact that the  pattern from your department goes together perfectly? I have a friend who tells me that a friend of hers could not make it lay after piecing the circle. However, to show my confidence in your pattern I am now using it. I have not started piecing because I am planning my quilt carefully out of new scraps and new pieces and I don’t fine much time to do any king of sewing or fancy work. 
Mrs. C.H.G.

It is a pleasure Mrs. G to know that you approve so highly of the kitchen scheme and if it too much trouble wont you let us know how the room turns out?

As to the value of the handmade quilt there is not the question that It is far more valuable than one made by machine. IT seems as if there is as much different as there would be between sterling silver and complete metal. All one has to do to realize this is to price those made by hand and those of machine. 

The Dresden Plate pattern was taken from a quilt that had just been finished, the blocks on the leaflet being those given the department y the quilt maker. The picture on the leaflet is of one of her blocks. 
Perhaps your friends are not careful about the evenness of their seams. These must be very carefully done if the plate is to be flat. 

Please do not change tour mind and make your quilt by machine. It would be all right, of course, to join the blocks with machine stitches but the same on the pieces and the hemming should of course be done by hand. 


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