Crossed Canoes

May 3, 1929
Michigan State University Museum
Detroit, Michigan, United States
A newspaper clipping of the Crossed Canoes quilt pattern from a series of patterns syndicated by Ruby Short McKim and published in the Detroit Free Press on Friday, May 23, 1929.
Detroit Free Press, May 23, 1929
Patchwork Quilt Pattern
Crossed Canoes

The Free Press will hold a patchwork quilt exhibition sometime in September, offering cash prizes for the best quilts. Each one entered in the competition must have been made from a pattern published in the Detroit Free Press. Quilts made entirely by hand will be classified separately from those that are machine-sewed.

One woman writes that she has completed seven quilts from these patterns. As many quilts as you like may be entered- so it behooves you all to make use of your spare moments during the summer. Follow your own inclinations as to color schemes, materials, size of quilt, etc.

Complete details as to the time and place of the exhibition will be published early in August.

Forty-three of these old-fashioned quilt patterns have already been published. The names of them are printed below. You may secure any or all of them that you may have missed by sending your name and address and 10 cents in coin or stamps for each pattern desired.

...ent quilt blocks you have printed. I wouldn't take any price for this book. I certainly thank The Free Press for publishing these patterns."

You will not be getting into very deep water  if Crossed Canoes should be your selection from our series for a quilt to try your skill in needlework. There are only three seams to each quarter block as you can see by the small sketch. Tlhe the fourths sew together into a 14-inch block.

The blocks set together with lattice strips about 3 inches wide with the dark boats pointing one way and the white ones forming an opposite diagonal pattern across the quilt. A third color, red print for instance, could be used for both sets of the canoe triangles, leaving blue only on four large parts here marked blue.

In cutting, allow a seam all around in addition to the sizes given here. Diagram A shows how an acute angle is trimmed rather than extended away past the line marked by your cardboard pattern.

Another old-fashioned quilt design will appear on this page next Tuesday. Patterns that have been published in this series are Album design, Rob Peter to Pay Paul, Drunkard's Path, Churn Dash, Corn and Beans, Log Cabin, Old Maid's Puzzle, Grandmother's Fan, Fruit Basket, Maple Leaf, Swastika, Jacob's Ladder, Weathervane, Windblown Square, Wildgoose Chase, Wedding Ring, Crazy Ann, Pieced Star, Whirlwind, Pine Tree, Ocean Wave, Rambler, Cherry Basket, Square and Compass, Sky Rocket, Greek Cross, Rising Sun, Spool, Irish Chain, Double T, Bear's Paw, Spider Web, Lafayetter Orange Peel, Seven Stars, Noon Day Lily, Dove in the Window, Beggar Block, Goose in the Pond, Baby's Blocks, Zig-Zag, Eight-Pointed Star, French Star and House on the Hill.

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