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Quilts by Boag: The Most Authentic Quilt Line in America

1930-1939
Waldvogel Archival Collection
Elgin, Illinois, United States
A circa 1935 price catalog of kits for quilts and pillows. The kits are mostly traditional pieced designs, but some floral applique motifs can also be found here. Pieces are die-cut. Applique quilts include stamped blocks and borders for placement purposes. Some designs are credited to Mary McElwain whose shop in Elworth, WI was not far from Elgin, IL, the home of The Boag Studios.

According to the owner's grand-daughter, Cathy Boag Beyer, besides the mail order business, Boag quilt kits were sold at fine department stores.

She reported, "The company developed dies made of high quality steel, used with a punch press to cut fabric for the kits. The dies may have been melted down during WWII with scrap metal because not all of the original dies survived."

"Some of the original dies and the original catalog design were sold to Hearthside Quilts (Vermont) in the 1980s. Hearthside reproduced the catalog in 1985 with this same colorful cover."
Applique; Piecing

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