I've been to sales with an abundance of knitting and crocheting books, and sales where someone clearly was an avid seamstress, with lots of fabric and patterns. Until that fabulous auction a week ago Saturday, I'd never seen what a collection of vintage quilting supplies would look like. And now that I have: well, I'm in awe. It's all just beautiful: the patterns, the fabric, the kits, the quilt blocks. We'll start with patterns. These are printed patterns from McCall's, from the mid 1930s, when the company was still called McCall. I didn't know that quilting patterns ever were available like this.
This pattern is dated 1938. From the envelope: "Fascinating felt craft! You can make no end of lovely gifts in bright colored felts. Very new and exciting and felt is so easy to handle . . ." The little house shown here is a needle case; the heart is a pincushion.
A sampling of pattern books from a variety of companies. Lockport (between Rochester and Buffalo, a bit closer to Buffalo) was a company that made cotton batting. The Grandma Dexter book (10 cents) had a variety of printed pattern templates inside, with color illustrations to show how they could be used.
The book in the earlier photo with the red and white cover is titled simply "Quilt Patterns," and it's dated 1928. It sold patterns for pieced blocks for 15 cents each, appliqued blocks for 35 cents each. (You could also order a quilt to be made from one of the patterns, for $25 to $45. If only that offer were still available!)
There are pages and pages of quilt designs, 24 patterns to a page.
Some of you have asked if any of these auction finds are going on Etsy. The short answer is yes, but I've pretty much decided that I'm going to wait until fall to sell anything online. When that store reopens, you'll be the first to know!