Quilt Pattern No.20-Joining Star

December 1895
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 1895 catalog. This version was printed after 1950.

This is a quilt pattern in twelve pieces.
A. An 8 1/2" x 14" sheet of paper with a quilt block drawn in black and white on with color suggestions and cutting instructions. There is also a piecing diagram showing part of the block. A full size pattern piece (with 1/4" seam allowances is included.
B-C. Stapled to the first sheet is are two 8 1/2" x 14" pages with full size pattern pieces (including 1/4" seam allowances).
D. A small 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" square of cardstock with a drawing of the quilt block colored in pink, orange and white.
E-L: An envelope, 3 3/4" x 6 1/2", containing tissue paper pattern pieces for the block (without seam allowances). The front of the envelope is printed with instructions on how to add seam allowances and use the patterns.
Quilt size: 90x120"
Blocks size:30x30"

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