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The Romance of the Village Quilts
creator
  • McElwain, Mary A.
dateOriginal
1936
timePeriod
1930-1949
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Romance of the Village Quilts, 36 page booklet, published in 1936 by Mary McElwain Quilt Shop in Walworth, Wisconsin. Photographs of quilt kits, interior views of quilt shop, quilting designs, index and price sheet.
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Romance of the Village Quilts, Mary A. McElwain, Walworth, WI, 1936.
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Walworth
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Wisconsin (WI)
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United States
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  • Pattern
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  • Book
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English
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  • Waldvogel Archival Collection
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public domain
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  • Applique
  • Block pattern
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Quilt kit

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MARY A McELWAIN QUILT SHOP WALWORTH WISCONSIN Copyrighted1936 MARY A. McELWAIN WALWORTH, WIS. A successful business venture is merely the outcome of a hobby, a natural ability used in serious life. Each of us needs a hobby, wherein we may labor, and find relaxation in what we like to do. We hear so much about the nervous American woman, living in an age which moves too fast for nerves. This woman could meet life's problems much better if she would only do something with her hands. Ruth E. Finley in her wonderful quilt book, "Quilts, Their Story, and the Women Who Made Them," tells us that no artificial exercise can equal that of really creating something with the hands. Quilt making has particularly deep roots of interest which strike back into the history of America as no other craft. Follow the development of only one pattern and you will be as thrilled as you would from any story you read. The great value of creating beauty with the hands is the ideal prescription for nerves. We sincerely hope you may be inspired to make a quilt, which later may be handed down as an heirloom. American women are a nation of homemakers and home means more to them each year. These women have made quilts that are distinctly American, and there is nothing like them in the whole world. Other quilts may be more beautiful, but with us, the first requirement is service. In our early homes the love of the quilt fastened itself upon the hearts of the people, and as the pioneers came West, the quilt made its way also. With the quilt came the quilting frames, looms, and knitting needles. Our great grandmothers did not have the opportunities that we enjoy, but they were most happy with their home arts and quilting parties. In fancy, we, too, can journey back to the parties when a dear Grandmother tells of those wonderful days. My clientele sometimes drive many miles to visit my shop, and they tell me it is like wandering through an old fashioned garden whose fragrance is reminiscent of yesteryear. Quilt making is an antique art and a hobby whose tradition never wholly died out. The early Americans were really exiles, seeking new homes and freedom. These women stitched hour by hour in the creative art of harmony to ease their memories. They viewed each day with the glorious sunrise and adjusted their working hours to the sun. We have recaptured the spirit of early America and caught the glamor and romance of the old days, for the quilts do cast an irresistible spell upon the rooms they adorn. The standard of the decorator today calls for the patchwork and the applique quilt. The accessories of the room establish the atmosphere. There was an era when a white marseilles bed spread did duty in almost every bedroom. Now the charm of the modern room is expressed in colorful and restful furnishings. When in doubt about a color scheme, try adding green which is God's harmony of color. The most faithful record we have of bygone days is the patchwork quilt. No one knows its history, for it is centuries old. The chapters have been stitched by the women of many nations. It is indeed wonderful when you know that one of the most beautiful and interesting forms of domestic ï Page 3 industry has never been allowed to die Although one hundred years of the machinery in competition has practically wiped out all other fireside crafts, our quilt making still thrives. Even though hand piecing and quilting are not necessary, the fascination of the creative art has a strong hold in the hearts of American women. In New England, the houses were poorly heated, but the pioneers with happy hearts and willing hands enjoyed spinning, weaving, dyeing, and quilt making, as everyday routine work in the first homes of their beloved land. We love to think of some Dutch or English housewife spreading the first Irish Chain or Log Cabin on beds in the frontier cabin homes. What a wholesome thought it is that our American women have so saved, planned, and pieced the quilts. To have wrought beauty from beautiful surroundings has not always been achieved, but these early pioneer women salvaged beauty and usefulness from waste materials. This was one of their everyday accomplishments. In some way, we are apt to think of the quilt maker of those days, as mature and old, but, on second thought, we are assured they were merely girls, for pioneer movements were not sponsored by women who had passed life's meridian. It takes youth with its inspiration and unspoiled imagination to blaze new trails and leave the family hearth for the open road. Most of the families who surged their way West were as young as the civilization they were formulating. A girl wife drivng an oxen team, with her first born held close in her strong young arms, or perhaps under her stronger young heart, was the heroine of the day. They did not call her a heroine in those days, and perhaps her timid sister who stayed home with "pa and ma" back in York state spent the rest of her spinster days in envying wilful Emmie, who rode away with John The story of their wanderings, their few possessions, the friendships they formed, and their abiding faith, is the story of the patchwork quilt. The story of my work is expressed in the book, "Aunt Jane of Kentucky," by Eliza Calvert Hall, who says, "You see you start out with jest so much caliker, you don't go to the store and pick it out and buy it, but the neighbors will give you a piece here and a piece there, and you'll have a piece left every time you cut out a dress, and you take just what happens to come and that's predestination. But when it comes to the cuttin' out why you're free to choose your own patterns. You can give the same kind 'o pieces to two persons, and one will make a Nine Patch and one'll make a Wild Goose Chase, and there'll be two quilts made out 'o the same kind of pieces, and jest as different as they can be. And that is jest the way with livin'. The Lord sends us the pieces, but we can cut 'em out and put 'em together pretty much to suit ourselves, and there's a heap more in the cuttin' out and sewin'! than there is in the caliker." Business is not merely a machine. It depends upon human beings who have the urge to serve others. By working and giving work to others in this beautiful and useful artcraft, we create a higher standard of living for health, comfort, and happiness. Life is enriched because handiwork presents a privilege and an opportunity to express our highest individuality in creative art. These pages are dedicated in admiration to my group of co-workers, whose courage, skill, and patience has made possible these quilts. May God bless their dear hands. MARY A. MCELWAIN. Page 4 ï DAISY CHAIN Shown also on Cover Page. Ready Stamped Quilt Top Box contains: Stamped background. Stamped applique pieces. Two flowers basted for sample. Size about 84x102. Suggested colors: light green background, white daisies with yel- low centers, medium green leaves. The quilt is available in any de- sired color combina- tion. Pillow material, in- cluding stamped top, back and binding $1.25 Plume stencil, used in repetition, with com- plete quilting instruc- tions ......................35c Refer to index for prices. ï DOUBLE IRISH CHAIN Ready Cut Quilt Top Box contains: All pieces die cut for blocks. Border and border pieces cut. One block set together for sample. Quilt can be had with a plain border. Size about 86x104. Suggested colors: any color print with plain shade to match. Set together with white or eggshell. Pillow ma- terial cut to include top, back and binding .........................................75c Colors: Plain shade of green, yellow, blue, rose or brown with matching print. Quilt is pictured on page 25. Refer to index for prices. prices subject to change without notice. ïPage 5 HORN OF PLENTY Used by permission of the "Home Arts Needlecraft Magazine." This quilt is a very striking design and most suitable for a colonial room. The background is white with beauti- ful applique designs in strong colors, midnight blue, red, brown, orange, and peach. Full size about 84x100. Stencils for quilting designs ..........75c All material for top of quilt with one block basted ...........................$10.50 Refer to index for additional prices. AMERICAN TAPESTRY Ready Cut Quilt Top Planned with five shades of each color print with plain color on outer row of each group. The cen- ter of the quilt has a panel effect centering flowered chintz effec- tively. Beginning at the panel with soft yellows blending into peach, pink, lavender, blue and green with half row of black, the quilt is bordered with band of green. The lining may be chos- en to match any plain color used in the quilt. The quilting must necessarity be tailored. This one is quilted each side of each seam, which shows double checking on the lining. The box contains the die cut pieces for quilt top, complete instructions, and the center started. Full size about 86x108. Pillow material cut to do: 12"x12"-50c; 14"x14"-75c; 16"x18"ó$1.00. Refer to index for quilt prices (Prices subject to change without notice.) Page 6 ï HUMMING BIRD Material For Cut Quilt Top. Box contains: All die cut pieces for top of quilt. One block pieced for sample. This design is replacing Grandmother's Flower Garden in popularity. Full size about 84x100. Suggested colors: any print material with plain matching color for blocks, set together with eggshell. Brown print with plain brown set together with eggshell is very effective. Price ..... ..$10. Cut in assorted pastel shades, set together with white or eggshell ...........................$11. Pillow material ......60c including top, back and binding. Refer to index for additional prices. Turn to page 28 show- ing pillow and quilting detail. THE LAUREL A very decorative design. simple to make, copied from a quilt made in Milwaukee about one hundred years ago, the original being made with red and green leaves on white background. The red leaves formed an interesting design which is shown by the dark shading in the pic- ture. We suggest a soft corn color background, using five shades of yellow for the leaves, with brown or green stems. Other color suggestions: ó shades from yellow to rust and brown, or several shades of green. Material For Stamped Quilt Top. Box contains: All background material and applique pieces stamp- ed. Folded bias stemming bor- der, and binding. One block basted. Full size about 86x104. Stamped material for 18 inch pillow including top, back and binding .................$1.00 Refer to index for additional prices. (Prices subject to change without notice.) ï Page 7 ROMANCE The charm of this quilt is expressed in simplicity of design and beautiful needlework. Can be obtained in plain colors. White in a Twilled Sateen; colors in Peter Pan. Full size about 84x100. Stencils and instructions for quilt- ing ...............................................$2.00 Material with Stencils and instruc- tions ..........................................$11.50 Refer to index for additional prices. WREATH OF LEAVES Ready Cat Quilt Top Box contains: Eggshell background material cut and stamped. Green bias stemming made. Leaves cut of assorted color prints. Green bias for binding. One block basted. Full size about 84x100. Three quilting designs with com- plete quilting directions for this quilt ...........................................75c Pillow material including stamped top, cut applique pieces, folded bias, back and binding ..............60c Refer to index for additional prices. (Prices subject to change without notice.) Page 8 ï LOG CABIN Ready Cut Quilt Top Box contains: Enough die cut pieces for entire top. Block set together for sample. Full size about 84x100. Well contrasted colors to give the effect of sunshine and shadow. Refer to index for prices. ROSE OF 1840 The Rose of 1840 was copied from an old quilt that was made for a bride's trousseau, but it was never used. The name "Lib Smith" is quilted in at one end of the original quilt, owned by Mary A. McElwain. The red roses and rich green leaves on a white back- ground make a beauti- ful quilt. Full size about 84x100. Refer to index for prices. (Prices subject to change without notice.) ï Page 9 SHASTA DAISY Ready Stamped Quilt Top Box contains: Blocks cut to size and stamped. Applique pieces die cut. Bias stemming fold- ed. Borders cut to size and stamped. Block basted for sample. Full size about 81x99. Bias for binding in- cluded. Suggested colors: blue blocks, white daisies with yellow centers and green leaves, and stems set together with plain eggshell blocks, or eggshell blocks with pastel color daisies having yellow centers, green leaves and stems, set together with Nile green blocks. Quilting stencils num- bers 24 and 87 ......50c Refer to index for additional prices. See page 28 for detail of blocks. OHIO ROSE Box contains: All blocks and border strips cut to size and stamped. All applique material stamped. Bias for binding. One block basted for sample. Full size about 81x106. Suggested colors: two shades rose, or yellow with green leaves on white, or eggshell background. Pillow material including stamped top, back, and binding ..............75c Refer to index for additional prices. (Prices subject to change without notice.) Page 10 ï GRANDMOTHER'S FANCY This quilt was copied from a very old quilt which was made in the hills of southeast- ern Iowa, over 100 years ago. In the pioneer days, patterns and blending of colors were a problem. Every girl, when preparing for her wedding day, desired at least one quilt that was different in design from those of her friends. Polly's dream of a happy future was filled with all the beauties of nature. She spent months pon- dering how to weave birds and flowers into a quilt pattern-drawing, cutting, and shaping flowers and birds. Finally, a pleas- ing design was chosen. The exchange of pieces so common in those days, failed to give the colors desired, so the dye pot was called into action, and at last this lovely quilt was developed. Some way, in the passing of this quilt through the gener- ations, the name was lost, so has been re- christened "The Grandmother's Fancy." Colors of the quilt are: lavender, rose, blue, and yellow, old fashioned print flowers; canaries, cardinals and pur- ple martins appliqued in plain colors. Eggshell background. Green binding and stemming. Full size about 84x108. Available basted or finished only. No paper pattern. Refer to index for prices. DESERT FLOWER An interesting combination of patch and applique-an ideal pattern to use up prints, as the petals of each flower are made with prints of different colors. The Blossoms with yellow cen- ters, green stems and leaves are appliqued on eggshell blocks, which, when set together with green or contrasting shade, forms a star. Full size about 88x102. Paper pattern .......................35c Refer to index for additional prices. (Prices subject to change mahout notice.) ï Page I I SHOO FLY Ready Cut QuiIt Top Box contains: All pieces cut for the top. One block pieced. Full size about 80x94. Available in any desired color scheme. Suggested colors: plain brown, peach or brown print set to- gether with eggshell. Stencil for quilting design shown or border ...................50c Refer to index for additional prices. BABY BASKET Full size about 84x100. Not .Available Cut Refer to index for pattern price. Both the Baby Basket and Baby Star are copies of very old quilts. (Prices subject to change without notice.) Page 12 ï RAINBOW CACTUS Ready Cut Quilt Top Box contains: Die cut pieces to make up blocks as illustrated. Alternate blocks cut to size, and borders cut to width. Bias for binding. One block pieced. Full size about 81x99. Suggested colors: plain blue, rose, lavender, and yellow with green baskets, set together with white or eggshell. Borders to match. The Rainbow Cactus is a copy of a quilt brought from England over 100 years ago. Refer to index for prices. BABY STAR Copy of quilt originally made in Janesville, Wisconsin about one hundred years ago. Suggested coloring: stars, green print and plain yellow set together with white or eggshell. Full size about 86x100. Refer to index for pattern price. Quilting stencil No. 24 .............25c (Price. subject to change without notice.) ï Page 13 OAK LEAF AND ACORN Ready Stamped Quilt Tot Box contains: Blocks and borders cut. All applique pieces stamped. Bias for stemming and binding. One block basted for sample. Full size about 86x100. Suggested colors: yellow, gold, and brown with green stemming, on corn background. Stencil for quilting design shown on border ...........................................50c Stencil for quilting design used where four blocks join ...........................25c Pillow material stamped ...........$1.25 Refer to index for additional prices. POSTAGE STAMP An interesting design to make, combining print with a row of matching plain color each side. Groups are separated by rows of eggshell. Complete di- rections and yardage necessary are given in paper pattern. Full size about 86x102. Refer to index for prices. (Prices subject to change without notice. ) Page 14 ï CONVENTIONAL MEDALLION Ready Stamped Quilt Top. The box contains: Torn blocks, border strips, stamped med- allions, and one bast- ed block. Full size about 86x108. Suggested colors: blue background, white me- dallions, or light green background with egg- shell medallions. Stencil for quilting de- sign ........................25c Refer to index for prices. RAINBOW STAR One of the most gorge- ous of the Star pat- terns, starting in the center with red, and working out in the fol- lowing order: orange, yellow, green, dark blue, light blue, laven- der and ending in green on star tips. Border: blue and white. Available in pastel shades also, or any other desired combina- tion of colors. Ready Cut Quilt Top Box contains: Die cut pieces, back- ground and binding. Full size about 84x100. Stencil design for quilting .................35c Refer to index for additional prices. (Prices subject to change without notice.) ï Page 15 QUILT OF A THOUSAND PRINTS Not Available Cut This pattern originated in Waukegan, Illinois, and it is one of the most decorative of patch ar- rangements. Full size about 90x100. Stencil for quilting de- sign ........................35c Refer to index for additional prices. JEWEL BOX Not Available Cut Paper pattern give complete color ar rangement. Full size about 84x100 Size of block: Abou seven inches square. Refer to index for pattern prices. (Prices subject to change without notice.) Page 16 ï BEARS PAW Ready Cut (Milt Top Box contains: All pieoes cut for top. One block pieced for sample. Full size about 84x100. Suggested colors: any colors well contrasted. Small black and white print or blue and white print, set together with white or eggshell. Refer to index for prices. Ruth E. Finley in herbook, "Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them", tells us the following story: The "Bear's Paw" is a product of Ohio and Western Penn- sylvania, a culmination of love and romance of pioneers of 1836. Ruth E. Finley tells us this was taken from a diary and the diarist left Connecticut in 1826, settling in the Connecticut Reserve on a quarter section near what is now the city of Cleveland, Ohio. The diary states he was only twenty-four years old. Not many farms had been cleared and the land was in virgin forest. The task of this young man was to turn, with his own hands, one hundred sixty acres of dense timber into open fields, and it was hard work, but from his own diary he found pleasure in so doing. His sweetheart was Mary Anne, and a daguerreotype shows Mary Ann as pretty, slender and dainty, as the lover was husky and tall. It was very plain that he adored her, but he was not the only lad who came West. Mary Anne had the pick of two whole counties and she kept them guessing. Finally her lover planted a few acres to crops and pronounced an ultimatum. After work, that day a week, he would call for his answer, when Mary Ann must take him or leave him. In the late afternoon of the appointed day, he started out on his three mile journey through the forest with his gun, dreaming of the "yes" he hoped to get at the end of his journey. And he was dreaming for he leaned his gun against a tree when he stooped to pick mandrake blossoms for his lady love and then . . . a ferocious mother bear entered the scene. He could not reach his gun, but he realized the mother bear, heavy with milk, could not climb a tree, so he "shinnied" up in a hurry and sat there from five o'clock that day until almost noon the next day, when mother bear fi- nally ambled away. Meanwhile, Mary Ann had waited all night tearfully to conclude she had coquetted once too often. Then, many hours late, the lover appeared with this bear story and Mary Ann accepted him and his yarn. So ends the story of "The Bear's Paw" quilt pattern. (Prices subject to change without notice.) ï Page 17 I was wandering idly through a village On a glorious autumn day, Musing of Life's sun and shadow, Dreaming of lands so far away, When suddenly I was attracted, Something drew me to a door, Bid me enter, with gracious welcome, Ne'er such a place had I found before. Quaint old samplersórare and dainty, Dolls that breathed of days gone by, But the best of all I found there Was a bed with quilts heaped high. Graciously, the quilts were shown me And as one by one they were turned o'er, 'Twas like a memory book unfolding Tales of beauty, travel and days of yore. The AMERICAN TAPESTRY was quite intriguing, Five thousand pieces sewed one by one, And one never could realize all of its beauty Until the last stitch was done. "Just as in weaving the web of life Each for himself his fate, We may not know how the right side looks, We can only weave and wait."1 Then the ROSE comes, in all of its beauty, And June with its brides and its WEDDING RING, The MUSCATEL GRAPE suggests fall with its harvest, The SNOW-FLAKEóit is such a dainty thing, So there we have the four seasons, And each a story might bring. Here is Nature's most beautiful symphony, WhyóIt's "Nothing but LEAVES," you say, Did you ever think how bare the flowers would look, If you took the leaves away? "Oh, a poem every flower is, And every leaf a line, And with what wonderful memories They fill this heart of mine."' The IRISH CHAIN takes me to Erin, With the SPANISH FAN I am right in Spain, The TULIPS transport me to Holland With the HUMMING BIRD I fly back again To GRANDMOTHER'S FLOWER GARDEN, fair as a dream, A garden that all sweetest sweetness holds, With its quaint little paths, its old fashioned flowers, Pinks, zinnias, Sweet Williams and marigolds. "The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the bird for mirth, But you are nearer God's heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth."3 Page 18 ï 4 Written and Compiled JENNIE HOWARD FRIE As a Tribute to Mary A. M< and Her Beautiful Quilt France may be proud of her LILY, England is welcome to her ROSE, But the DAISY white, with the heart of gold, Is the daintiest flower that grows. A bit of blue and a pink and white cloud Taken right from the sky, goes the story, All anchored to earth with a vine of green, So God fashioned the MORNING GLORY. And now the gorgeous one of POPPIES, With hues so brilliantly red, They used to suggest sleep and the Orient But now we think of our dead. "In Flanders fields the poppies grow Between the crosses, row on row, To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high! If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields."4 "We know joys come with sadness And pleasure will follow pain,"5 And we never see a RAINBOW Without both sunshine and rain. "Did Grandma ever tell you about the PATCHWORK QUILT That lays across the sofa in her room? It is made from scraps of dresses That she were when she was young, And some of them were woven on a loom. It isn't just the dresses that Grandma tells about It's things that happened when she had them on, And almost every piece that's in that dear old patchwork quilt Holds the memory of a sorrow or a song. There are red ones for the roses, and blues for 'don't forgets,' And yellow ones for sun-flowers of pure gold. There's one she calls sweet lavender that smells like baby clothes, And one of purple like the sun-set skies, We never ask about these or the gray one like the rain, For when we do dear Grandma always cries. My Grandma told me once that life is just a patch-work quilt, Of births, and deaths and marriages and things, And that sometimes when you're looking for a lovely piece of red, You only find a knot of faded strings. But she says the red is redder when it's by a piece of brown, And gray is not so gray by sunny gold,"6 Oh, I hope you have enjoyed the story of the quilts That they told me in that quilt shop, quaint and old. 1 Chester, Anton G., "The Tapestry Weavers." 2 Author unknown. 3 Gurney, Dorothy Frances, "God's Garden." 4 McCrae. Lieut. Col. John, "In Flanders Field." 5 Author unknown. 6 Price, Natalie Whitted, "The Patchwork Quilt." ï Page 19 MUSCATEL GRAPE Ready Stamped Quilt Top Box contains: Stamped blocks. sash, and bor- der cut to size. Bias for stems and wreath. Leaves stamped to cut out. Grapes and crinoline die cut. One block basted for sample. Full size about 88x100. Suggested color combination: black grapes, green leaves, stemming and bands on white or eggshell back- ground. Variation: lavender or blue grapes. Pillow material: Includes stamp- ed top, back, and binding ......$1.00 Refer to index for additional prices. TURKEY TRACK. Ready Cut Quilt Top Box contains: 49 sets of Turkey Tracks (die cut). Alternate white blocks, border and bias to bind quilt. One pieced block for sample. Full size about 83x99. Suggested colors: red and yellow old fash- ioned prints set to- gether with white. Pictured in views of the shop on page 24. Refer to index for prices. (Prices subject to change without notice.) Page 20 ï INDIANA WREATH This design was copied with per- mission from the frontispiece in the Marie D. Webster quilt book, "Quilts, Their Story and How to Make Them." Makes up into a very colorful quilt. Full size about 84x100. Made from paper pattern. Refer to index for prices. OCEAN WAVE This patchwork design is a decided favorite for one who is willing to put considerable piecing into the mak- ing. A block is made of four six sided units of twenty - four tri- angles, all made alike but set together so that the groupings of dark and light triangles al- ternate. Full size about 84x100. Refer to index for prices. Page 22 ï (Prices subject to change without notice.) SHIP QUILT This quilt can be had as pictured, or on individual blocks with a ship on each block. Size about 72x100. Suggested colors: Medium blue back- ground, dark blue ships, sand or white sails. Border suggests sand with waves of dark blue. Quilting designs; anchors, ship's wheel and light house ...................................................75c Refer to index for additional prices. MODERN ROSE A design suitable for a modern room, or for any rather informal room of no definite period. This quilt will give a tailored appearance to your room, the 'look' that decorators wish to achieve in today's bedrooms. Ready Stamped Quilt Top The box contains: background ma- terial, applique material, and final binding. Finished size about 74x100. Suggested colors: red and black flow- ers on white, or brown print and peach flowers on eggshell background, with brown stems and panel binding. Pillow below shows one block in de- tail. Pillow material stamped ....75c Refer to index for prices. A.B.C. CRIB QUILT This quilt can be set together block to block or sashed in color if desired. Made of assorted prints and plain colors. Stencils for heart and plume quilting design ..............................................50c Full size about 43x66. Refer to index for prices. PAINTED DAISY Crib size about 30x36. Stamped on blue or pink background with white daisies and yellow centers, green leaves and stemming. Refer to index for prices. DREAM SHIP Crib size 40x60. Stamped to do for ........................$2.25 Suggested colors: light blue back- ground with medium shade for ships with white sails. Medium blue bor- der. Eggshell or sand background, blue ships with blue print sails, blue border. Refer to index for prices. (Prices subject to change without notice.) ï Page 23 The stitches of a quilt are love, not just cloth and thread, for dreams, aspirations, and richest thoughts are symbolized in this great field of needlework. When it is cold outside and warm within, then it is that the home maker's thoughts turn to quilts, spurring the needlework- er on in her zeal for this creative and absorbing hobby. Everyone has a grandmother, and at some time almost every grand- mother has made a quilt. sampler or an afghan. The family history is written into the quaint prints and what a wealth of memory clings to the patchwork, which is a symbol of the American home. Page 24 ï The lovely old quilts, which are now among the cherished treasures teach lessons in harmony of color. What our pioneers lacked in tapestry and pictures they tried to make up by combining bright colors into patch- work and applique. The modern decorator reproduces the old designs trying to recapture their charm. Quilts have a quaint and appealing call in piecing and patching fabrics for decoration. The idea is not how many quilts can be produced, but how well they can be made, and into each quilt putting the best of ma- terials, making them masterpieces and heirlooms of tomorrow. By Edgar A. Guest An afghan is a thing of wool That's made in pretty strips, But all that makes it beautiful Comes not from finger tips. I watch the needle as it plies So swiftly out and in And something from her lovely eyes The stitches seem to win. And though they could not find it there Who'd tear the thing apart, In every stitch she makes I'll swear, Goes something of her heart. A pretty thing at last 'twill be To toss upon a chair; But I, alone, shall know and see The beauty that is there. Yes, I alone, have watched it grow In lovely rosy folds, And only I shall truly know How much of her it holds. Copyright 1936 by Edgar A. Guest. Page 26 ï The Blackberry Rose Paneled Cable Sections of two outstanding designs is afghans are shown above. Both are copies of robes made about sixty years ago. They were graciously loaned me by friends who are needle artists and have expressed them- selves in this way. The Blackberry is made of a soft green yarn in afghan stitch with the blackberries (not a popcorn stitch) forming diamonds. A rose is cross-stitched in the alternate plain diamonds with beautiful shades of rose using darker shades of green for stem and leaves. Robe is bordered with two rows of shell stitch. Other color suggestions: wood brown with the rose cross-stitched in shades of yellow using green stem and leaves. The Rose Paneled Cable is made in strips with rich coloring of all shades in the cross-stitched rose panels. The many rows of cable stitch (also a variation of the afghan stitch) set off the panel of roses in a way that is hard for the needle-worker to resist. There are many other possibilities with this type of afghan as various cross-stitched designs may be used in the plain panels. For a modern setting, we suggest a calla lily cross-stitched in the plain panels. The background is effective in any two shades of one color. The model is made in two shades of green, using the lighter green background for cross-stitch work. If interested in making either of these afghans, write to the Quilt Shop, Walworth, Wisconsin, for prices and information. ï Page 27 Sheets and Pillow Cases Important Style Changes In the last few years, women have become conscious of the ensemble or matching idea, as applied to their beds. In other words, you can safely assume that beds and bedding are now regarded by most housewives from the decorative aspect as well as from the strict utilitarian angle of being just a place to sleep. For your information we wish to advise you that there is nothing finer than Wamsutta Supercale sheets and cases. The material is woven from the finest of cotton and has a very high construction. The tex- ture of the material is very soft and silky and remains the same after repeated laundering. Greater smooth- ness and strength in the fabric has been perfected by Wamsutta's exclusive Equi-Tension process which insures longer life to sheets and cases. Wamsutta styling leads the industry. A "Supercale" Sheet made of superfine percale is the aristocrat of sheets. Very fine, light weight, strong, smooth, luxurious, definitely a sheet for those who want the finest quality. Wamsutta Supercale Sheets Plain Hemstitched Twin Size 72x108 .........................................$3.50 Each $3.80 Each Full Size 81x108 ...........................................$3.95 Each $4.25 Each Wamsutta Supercale Cases 42x381/2 .........................................$ .95 Each $1.10 Each Perfect Percale Sheets and Pillow Cases Perfect Percale has been manufactured with the idea in mind of giving the trade a medium priced percale superior to muslin and having a firm, even texture, w hick adds greatly to the durability and general appear- ance of the sheeting. Enjoy the rich luxury of Percale sheets, the smooth, satiny texture, fine body, and flaw- less finish. We offer the following Plain Hemstitched Twin Size 72x108 - - - - - - - -$2.10 Each $2.25 Each I Full Size 81x108 .......................$2.30 Each $2.50 Each Crib Size 381/2x45 .....................$ .60 Each $ .75 Each Crib Size 42x36 ......................$ .65 Each Pillow Cases 42x381/2 ...............$ .65 Each $ .80 Each Pillow Cases 45x381/2 ............$ .80 Each HUMMING BIRD PILLOW To match quilt design shown on page 7. Pillow material cut to doópieces for top, back, and bind- ing .....................................................................$0.60 PLUME WREATH PILLOW Wreath stamped on Peter Pan in any desired color or white. Back and binding included. 18-inch ...............................................................$1.00 Hand Quilted Pillow .......................................... 6.00 Kapok Filler ...................................................... .50 Detail of Shasta Daisy shown on page 10óa pleasing color harmony-yellow daisies, deeper yellow cent- ers, reseda green leaves and stems appliqued on nile green blocks 6 inches square, set together with egg- shell. (Prices subject to change without notice.) Page 28 ï SILK QUILTS --WOOL FILLED "THE SHELL" "THE CONTINENTAL" A Beautifully Proportioned Design A Modern Well Tailored Design These quilts are made of Clairanese Taffeta, entirely free from artificial weighting, guaranteed not t fray, split or crack, with corded or beaded edge, fine hand guided stitching in smart designs that ad( richness to the beauty of the fabric, filled with 21/2 pounds of guaranteed 100% carded Virgin wool Colors: Heliotrope, Sea Green, Rose, Copen Blue, Old Gold, Peach, Champagne, Castor or Sahara Brown Rust, Wine and Black. Available also in any desired reversible combination of colors. Suggestion Peach and Blue, Green and Rose, Old Gold and Castor Brown, Champagne and Helitrope. Size: 72x89 $15.00. Chaise Lounge Throw $10.00. Special orders can be shipped within a week. Samples sent upon request. SILK QUILTS--DOWN FILLED "THE DOWNY" "THE BEAUTY" Insures Complete Comfort, Warmth and Beauty These Down Comforts are suberbly luxurious in the fineness of their construction, are beautifully sewn and handsomely finished. The Downy pattern is attractively effective because of its simplicity of design. Due to the rich color quality of Clairanese Taffeta and its silvery sheen, it is unequaled for luxurious appearance. For single or double beds. With bead edges. Material: Guaranteed Clairanese Taffeta. Size: 72x84, $17.50. FillingóGuaranteed 100% Pure White Goose Down. Colors: Lilac, Sea Green, Rose, Copen Blue, Royal Blue, Rust, Wine, Black, Old Gold, Peach, Champagne, Sahara and Georgian Rust. Self or Re- versible Colors. Available also in any desired reversible combination of colors. Can be made up also with one side of Satin and the other side Taffeta in the same shade at an additional cost of $7.50. Pil- lows can be made to match quilts with matching cord bindings. 18 inch, $1.50; 16 inch, $1.25. THE BEAUTY. Most charmingly decorative, combining the new printed Clairanese Tafetta, in stun- ning designs with the soft, rich plain colors. Adaptable coloring is available in the Taffeta prints to harmonize with any decorative plan. Filled with 100% Pure White Goose Down. In choosing these one feels gratified at the beauty they loan to a bedroom, a place that invites relaxation. Size 72x84. Price: $20.00. (Prices subject to change without notice.) ï Page 29 "ROCK RIVER" QUILTED MATTRESS PROTECTORS COTTON BATTING COTTON BATTING Made from the finest handpicked selected staple cotton, air cleaned, without the use of chemicals, acids or bleaches. 100% pure, clean and sanitary, retaining all the life and elasticity of the natural cotton. This is carded and made into a batting, (not sheet wadding) especially adapted for quilt in- terlining, fluffy and very easily quilted, uniform in thickness. There is a strip of paper folded with the cotton batt, running full length, upon which is printed at least two full and complete choice Quilt Patterns entirely gratis-with the compliments of ROCK RIVER COTTON COMPANY Janesville, Wis. To show up the fine Needlework on fine handmade patch or applique quilts, select one of the following brands of cotton batting, according to size of Quiltó PRIDE 1 LB. Size of Sheet-72x100 Inches .............................$0.75 TWO STAR 11/2 LB. Size of Sheet-84x108 Inches. $1.00 "My many years of quilt experience have proven the superiority of the brands above listed. The user will find that its higher price is economy in the end." -MARY A. McELWAIN "ROCK RIVER" White Cloud Bed Pillows Imported Down Proof Linen Ticking Best White Goose Down. 2 pounds per pair. Size 21x27. Peach, blue, green, lavender and the regu- lation blue and white and tan and white stripe or plain white ...............................................$6.25 each Wrapped in Cellophane Double Box Stitching Single Box Stitching CROWN JEWEL PADSóBEST COVERING Double Box Stitching as Illustrated 39x76 ............................................................................$2.10 42x76 ......................................................................... 2.25 43x76 ............................................................................ 2.35 54x76 ............................................................................ 2.75 60x76 ............................................................................ 3.25 68x76 ............................................................................ 3.50 CRIB PADS 18x34 ............................................................................$ .75 27x40 ............................................................................ 1.00 34x36 ......1.25 34x52 ............................................................................ 1.50 CRIB PADSóSingle Box Stitching 18x34 ............................................................................$ .60 27x40 ............................................................................ .85 34x36 ............................................................................ 1.00 34x52 ............................................................................ 1.25 The Name ROCK RIVER assures you of excellent quality and longer service. THE ACTUAL FACTS ABOUT QUILTED MATTRESS PADS Most Mattress Protectors look pretty much alike, yet they aren't alike, either in the way they are made or in the results they give. 1.ROCK RIVER PROTECTORS are made of cambrics strictly first quality inspected for uniformity, wear and texture. 2.SEWINGóThese pads are sewed with small locked rip-proof stitching (at least eight stitches per inch) thus insuring additional strength for more launderings. They are sewed in the latest box stitch design, which is the cor- rect stitching to prevent shifting or lumping of the cotton filler. 3.FILLINGóThey are filled with extra pure, clean, sani- tary, uniform CARDED cotton batting made of 75% or more bleached cotton (75%) used for its highly absorbent qualities which are necessary in a pad, and a long staple cotton linter used for its lofty, soft and resilient properties. ROCK RIVER'S exclusive CARDED batting filler can- not be excelled because of its many fine veil-like layers and a special center layer in the heart of the pad which is designed to absorb moisture. This special center gives body, but not bulk. CARDED cotton only retains the cotton fibre. WEIGHT OF FILLERóThe weight of the filler is an im- portant measure of the amount of cotton you are buying. This batting weighs fourteen to fifteen ounces per square yard. Extra cotton means extra wear. 4.BINDINGóROCK RIVER PROTECTORS are securely bound with strong bias binding giving reinforcement to the pad. CROWN JEWEL pad binding is extra-reinforced with cross stitching which prevents raveling and stretching. 5.MEASUREMENTSóROCK RIVER PROTECTORS are cut full measurements. Allowance of approximately three inches should be made for shrinking after laundering and mangling. 6.The manufacture of ROCK RIVER PROTECTORS is carefully and correctly done, and the workmanship used in making them is of the best. No better value in a PROTEC- TOR can be found. Prices subject to change without notice. Page 30 ï (Prices subject to change without notice.) Mary A. McElwain Quilt Shop uses STILES WAXT THREAD exclusively in all its handiwork. SIX CORD Made for Fine Hand Work 200 YARDS It Is Fully Worth Its Price "DOES NOT KNOT" STILES WAXT THREAD A waxed spool cotton especially adapted for hand sewing. "DOES NOT KNOT" The process by which this thread is treated is the unique invention of a woman, who realized the trials of sewing with ordinary spool cotton. What woman who sews has not ex- perienced the exasperation of having a "knot" come in her thread in the middle of the process of making a buttonhole? Stiles Waxt Thread DOES NOT KNOT, snarl or tangle in use. It is a six-cord cotton, especially de- signed for fine hand sewing, and par- ticularly adapted for hemming table linen, sewing on lace and trimmings, making buttonholes, quilting, hem- stitching, etc. Being thoroughly waxed, it is easy to put through the eye of the needle. Stiles Waxt Thread is smooth and fine yet with increased strength, so that finer sizes may be used, pro- ducing daintier work. The user will find that its higher price is economy in the end. No kinks, snarls, knots or breaks annoy the user, with resultant saving of time, thread and patience. Stiles Waxt Thread make hand work a pleasure, for it absolutely "DOES NOT KNOT." For patching and quilting use #70 STILES WAXT THREAD and Boye #9 between gold eye needles. For applique work use #100 STILES WAXT THREAD and Boye #10 crewel needles. For extra-fine applique work use T150 STILES WAXT THREAD and Boye #11 crewel needles. Thread is 15c per spool. Needles are 10c per package. Sold In All Leading Stores. STILES WAXT THREAD COMPANY - - SYCAMORE, ILLINOIS Sizes available in squares Sizes available in hexagons Humming Bird pattern You will find these new metal patterns a wonderful aid in cutting your small quilt patches. They have sandpaper on the bottom, so they will not slip on your material. Each one has a handle, which makes it easy to hold. The center of each pattern is cut out, so that a flower print may be easily centered. Many quiltmakers center flowers in each patch. The drawings above are actual sizes. FOLDED QUILT MAKERS' BIAS IN 12 YARD BOLTS For stem applique work: 1/4 inch wide .................................................................................................$0.25 3/s inch wide ................................................................................................. .35 Colors: Peter Pan Gingham # 12 Reseda green, #20 Emerald green Folded Peter Pan bias for binding quilts in 12 yard bolts ..........................35c Colors: #12 Reseda Green, 7420 Emerald Green. Transparent Ruler The transparent ruler is the modern ruler which makes work easier when- ever lines must be drawn or spaces measured. It speeds up every ruling task making it simple to have every finished line accurate by letting you see what you are drawing while you are drawing it. We find it indispen- sable in our quilting labor. 1 x 12 inch .............................................$ .50 2 x 12 inch ............................................. .75 2 x 18 inch ............................................. 1.50 "ALWAYS A GOOD RULE TO FOLLOW" The Quilt Makers Ideal Material Ginghams ï Percales ï Plain Colors ï Prints; ï The woman who buys Peter Pan for her quilts should know some of its general characteristics. She should be able to recognize its general quali- ties by feel, appearance, weight, and firmness. She should know prices and widths and what to expect from a material of standard grade. Her judg- ment of this fabric should be based on this general knowledge. Peter Pan is a closely woven, light weight fabric with a soft dull finish. Its soft texture makes it a joy with which to work, and it takes the needle readily. Its color harmony, thread count, width, durability, and moderate- ness in price help to make it an unusual material. The superior threads resist wear as a result of being manufactured ex- clusively of selected yarn. The ginghams are one hundred threads to the inch, and percales are eighty threads to the inch. The colors being absolutely tub fast eliminate the danger of running or fading. Peter Pan manufacturers can always be depended upon to supply the newest color shades each season and the dependable staple colors. We have found Peter Pan material in both plain color and print to be the very best obtainable for quilt making. QUILTING STENCILS The quilting stencil is an outstanding innovation in patterns for marking the quilting design of fine quilts. It is an idea which has been enthus- iastically accepted by quilters, both professional and amateur, the country over. Send stamp for sheet showing stencil designs of plumes and wreaths. Page 34 ï As every quilter knows, it is quite essential to fill in the background of quilts where there is space between the pattern and the quilting designs. In order to aid those who do not yet have a favorite style of work, we have listed the types which we have found to be very good. The majority of our work is done in square checking diamond style, as you will see illustrated below. The quarter inch checking gives a fine contrast, when used along with the five eighths or inch checking. The half inch and broken diagonal lines make very effective borders with designs running through them. Index and Price List For any information regarding our quilting, prices, or quilt problems. shall write to the Mary A. McElwain Quilt Shop, Walworth, Wisconsin. We shall be pleased to receive your inquiries and shall appreciate the opportunity of serving you. Please do not send stamps. Paper Page Patterns Stamped Cut Finished Basted 1 Coyer Page Daisy Chain .. 2 Copyright Map Showing Vicinity of Walworth ....... 3 Quilts-Editorial .............. 4 Quilts ............................... 5 Daisy Chain ...........................$12.50 $12.50 $85.00 $25.00 Double Itish Chain ..........$ 35 ................12.50 65.00 6 Horn of Plenty ................ 50 ............................85.00 45.00 American Tapestry .........................11.50 60.00 7 Humming Bird ................ .35 ................11.50 65.00 The Laurel .....35 11.50 ................50.00 20.00 8 Romance .......................... 2.00 ............................85 . (X) Wreath of Leayes ............ 35 ................12.50 60.00 9 Log Cabin ........................ .35 ................11.50 50.00 1840 Rose ........................ .50 ............................65.00 20.00 10 Shasta Daisy ................... .33 ................11.00 65.00 20.00 Ohio Rose ........................ .35 ............................50.00 15.00 Ohio Rose Stamped on Peter Pan ....................................11.00 19.00 Ohio Rose Stamped on Percale .....................................6.75 15.00 11 Grandmothers Fancy .....................................50.00 20.00 Desert Flower ......35 ............................60.00 35.00 12 Shoo Fly ...........................8.30 40.00 Baby Basket .................... .35 ............................65.00 13 Rainbow Cactus .............. .35 ................11.50 50.00 Baby Star ........................ 35 ............................75.00 14 Oakleaf and Acorn ........... .35 12.50 60.00 20.00 Postage Stamp ................. 35 ............................50.00 15 Conventional Medallion ... .35 11.00 60.00 20.00 Rainbow Star ................... .35 ................12.50 50.00 16 Quilt of 1000 Prints ......... .35 ............................75.00 Jewel Box ......................... .35 ............................60.00 17 Bear's Paw Story ............. .35 ................11.50 60.00 18 Poem-Romance of the Village Quilts, by Jennie H. Friend Paper Page Patterns Stamped Cut Finished Basted 20 Muscatel Grape .........................11.50 60.00 20.00 Turkey Track ...........................8.25 40.00 21 Indiana Wreath 1.00 ............................85.00 45.00 Ocean Wave ..................... .25 ............................50.00 22 Ship Quilt ........................ .35 9.00 50.00 20.00 Modern Rose ..................... . .......11.50 60.00 20.00 23 A. B. C. Crib ................... 1.00 12.00 Painty Daisy ...............1.75 .................7.50 Dream Ship ..................... .35 2.25 ................10.00 4.25 24 Views of the Shop ............ 25 Views of the Shop ............ 26 The Afghan-Poem by Edgar A. Guest ................ 27 Afghan-The Blackberry Rose Paneled Cable ......... 28 Wamsutta--Supercale Sheets and Pillow Cases ... Perfect Percale Sheets and Pillow Cases ..................... Humming Bird Pillow ...... Plume Wreath Pillow ...............1.00 ..................6.00 Shasta Daisy detail .......... 29 Silk Quilts-Wool ............ Down Quilts .................... 30 Rock River Mattress Pro- tectors .............................. Cotton Batting ................ Down Pillows ................... 31 Stiles Waxt Thread ...... Needles ............................ 32 Metal Cutting Patterns ... Transparent Ruler ........... Folded Quilt Makers Bias 33 Peter Pan Ginghams and Percales ........................... 34 Types of Quilting for Back- ground Work ................... 35 Index and Bibliography .. Prjces in thjs book subject to change without notjce. BIBLIOGRAPHY "Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them," by Ruth E. Finley. J. B. Lippincott Co. Price $2.95 "One Hundred and One Patch Work Quilts," by Ruby Short McKim. Price $1.50 "Aunt Jane of Kentucky," by Eliza Calvert Hall. Price $2.00 "Quilts-Their Story and How to Make Them," by Marie D. Webster. Price $3.00 "A Book on Hand Woven Coverlets," by Eliza Calver Hall. Price $4.50 "The Lady of Godays-Sarah Josepha Hale," by Ruth E. Finley. J. P. Lippincott Co., Price $3.50 The above books make ideal gifts. Printed at The Daily News Pub. Co., Beloit, Wis. Printed in the U.S.A

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