|Inked Betsy Ross below the flag embroidery|
See update below - identified as a Ruby Short McKim quilt!
Each block is 7.5" with an outer 7" border.
The embroidered blocks each have an inked description.
The lower right 'final block' is dated 1927.
The quilt is bound in applied cream fabric that matches the backing.
The blocks in the first column have a roman numeral inked with the description as if following chapters, maybe a history book? Or 4 quarters of a school year?
Was this a classroom aid?
The 24 inked block descriptions include:
(Alphabetical, not the order they were placed in the quilt)
Cabot The First English
Captain John Smith
Champlain The French Explorer
George Rogers Clark
George Washington at Valley Forge
Indian Home Life
The Santa Maria
New World Mission
Sir Walter Raleigh
The Meeting House
The Minute Men
The Standard of England
|The Standard of England block|
|III. Indian Home Life block|
The quilting in the alternate blocks and borders is beautiful. Cream thread on the blue fabric throughout the quilt.
The embroidered blocks have single line diagonal quilting.
|the real color is more blue than this photo illustrates|
The borders are quilted in cables.
The quilt is in excellent condition.
No hanging sleeve or signs it was hung.
Let me know if you would like to see any of the other blocks up close and I will send you pictures.
Have you used a quilt in a non-quilt classroom?
Have you done any blue work?
Have a great week!
UPDATE: Thanks to a reader the pattern has been identified!
The patterns have been reprinted HERE Item #QS208
Ruby Short McKim:
"The Sunday Plain Dealer has arranged to give its readers a service that will make special appeal to the boys and girls as well as to their mothers and grandmothers, and we’re pretty sure that father and the baby too, will like the finished result.
"This is the Colonial History Quilt, designed especially for a boy’s bed, but girls who love stories of heroes may make it for themselves. If grandmother decides to make it for that lad, it will become an heirloom, a thing of joy and beauty to be used and treasured for years."
In the United States, there was no established rule in the 19th century. A 1927 survey of ten department stores reported that pink was preferred for boys in six of them and for girls in four. (Jo B. Paoletti, Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls From the Boys in America (Indiana University Press, 2012), 87
Read more about Ruby HERE
See more like it HERE and HERE
Also The Quilter's Hall of Fame HERE