Quilt Pattern No.302-Oak Leaf and Acorn

December 1897
Michigan State University Museum; Cuesta Benberry Collection
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
A quilt pattern published by the Ladies Art Company. The Ladies Art Company placed small ads in ladies magazines and farm papers for their catalog. From the catalog, the pattern was ordered and mailed to the customer. The LAC was the first business to offer hundreds of quilt patterns in a mail order catalog. Up until the 1950s the patterns consisted of a 3” pattern card featuring a color suggestion for the quilt block, and an envelope containing full size, tan tissue paper templates (without seam allowance or any markings) of each shape needed to complete the block. (The earliest versions of the 3" pattern cards were hand painted with water colors by the owner's children.) In 1950, the company changed hands and they started producing mimeographed sheets that included fabric yardage, labeled templates with seam allowances and line drawings of a portion of a completed quilt or the full completed quilt and also revised and reprinted the 1928 catalog.

The earliest appearance of this pattern would have been the 1897 catalog.

This is a small 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" square of cardstock with a drawing of an appliqued quilt block colored in blue, green and cream.
The number is printed on the card and the name was taken from the 1928 catalog. The block size listed in the catalog is 13".
There are no other pattern pieces or pages.

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