This photo shows the top on a hotel room bed. I bought it in a box filled with all kinds of needlework and patterns. I think the maker was very comfortable working from charts. She had fillet crochet patterns and counted thread designs.
|Page Measures 7.5" x 10.5"|
Ann was an female entrepreneur who found financial success in needlework even through the depression years of the United States. She didn't sew herself, she designed and employed other women to stitch for her. She often designed complimentary pieces; a quilt, bureau scarf and doily might all reflect the same floral basket from a chart.
This is the chart included with my purchase as well as the instruction sheet. The basket design is 43 squares x 53 squares = 2,279 squares. The floral bow for the pillow area is 11 squares by 39 squares = 429. That's 2,708 for just the design section. There are instructions given to sew in large strips between the designs and out to the border. For a quilt, the instructions suggest a 3/4" finished square with the template square measuring 1.125" square.
|85" x 96" Finished Heirloom Basket Quilt|
Includes the Blue Border
The instruction insert offered a pattern for the hand quilting motifs for 28 cents. You could also write to her and she could arrange for the quilting. Her quilting designs were very elaborate.
Also available for mail order were the fabrics to make the quilt. The first suggestion was to match fabrics yourself to the colors on the chart. To purchase the fabrics you mail in $4.55, if you wanted the backing fabric add $3.51.
The instruction sheet states, "To hand down to our daughters and grand-daughters, nothing would be lovelier than this basket design"
The entire instruction sheet is about 5 paragraphs.
|Creased paper page from Ann Orr Pattern page|
The pattern sheet also includes instructions for the Oval Wreath Quilt, Star Flower and Debutante's Pride Quilts.
Ann Orr patterns also offered ideas for matching accessories like towels. The same charted motifs were suggested for use on other linens.
"Several of these designs are practical for quilts as well as for cross stitching"
Also included was an alphabet for adding monograms.
|Ann Orr Squares for Quilts|
The maker of my top appears to have had plans for making the full quilt. Also in the larger yardage box was this candy box filled with squares hand cut from the yardage.
I placed a pencil there to give you an idea of the square size. Remember, this is before the days of rotary cutting fabrics.
The top is entirely hand pieced.
Very nicely stitched. For now I have no plans to finish it. I think with all of the components seen together it makes a nice study set.
Loving applique the way I do, I can't imagine making a pixeled top. I love seeing all of the approaches available to make a quilt. I have dome lots of needlework from charts and like all of them.
I appreciate Ann's business model and reading about her success was fascinating.
Do you have a finished Anne Orr quilt? A Kit? Cross stitched towel? I would love to hear about it.
Have a great week!
Anne Champe Orr Tennessee Encyclopedia HERE
You can read more about Ann Orr at 'The Quilter's Hall of Fame HERE.
Also read: 'Softcovers For Hard Times' by Merikay Waldvogel Rutledge Hill Press
Anne Orr Star Flower Quilt for sale HERE
Anne Orr Books HERE