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Thread: Broken Stove pattern

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    Has anyone heard of the Broken Stove quilt pattern?

    In the early 1960s my mother-in-law, raised in Tennessee, told me about it but couldn't remember exactly how it was pieced.

    I've been directed to the Broken Stone pattern, but I'm looking for Broken Stove. It's been a while since I ran a search on the Internet, so I'll try it again. Still, someone besides my m-i-l must know about this pattern.

    :?:

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    Did a search using different engines and nothing showed up except a Drunkard's Path set in Robbing Peter to Pay Paul. My mother in law said the Broken Stove is an intricate design with the stovepipe wandering through the blocks.

    One of the searches was made at
    http://www.quiltstudy.org/search/index.html
    Where over 1800 quilts are cataloged, with pictures. The response to my search for Broken Stove:

    Primary Pattern: Broken Stove Eye
    Alternate Pattern: Rob Peter to Pay Paul
    Brackman #: 1450
    Quiltmaker: Maxtion, Mary
    Geographical Origin: Made in Boligee, Greene County, Alabama, USA
    Date: Circa 1980-1995
    Style/Type: African-American
    Dimensions (LxW): 92 x 72 Inches, 234 x 183 Centimeters
    Primary Technique: Pieced, Machine
    Other Techniques: Pieced, Hand
    Primary Fiber: Cotton Blend
    Primary Fabric: Broadcloth/Muslin
    Quilt Stitches/Inch: 4-5
    Binding: Back folded over
    Inscription Type: None
    Exhibitions: Wild By Design
    IQSC Collection: Robert and Helen Cargo Collection
    IQSC Object Number: 2000.004.0088

    Ah, well. Maybe I should make my own Broken Stove pattern.

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    I've not heard of that particular one, but I lived with the pot belly stove in my childhood. They all look alike, if you like to design I bet you could come up with your own and make it work well.

    Sharon

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    Hey, thanks for the encouragement, Sharon.

    I, too, have put in some time with a wood-burner, so first-hand experience can serve me well. Keeping things more simple than my mother in law indicated is a must--my hubby calls me a slash-and-burn quilter.
    :P

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    Never heard of a broken stove pattern. Sorry. can any body help me find a old necktie pattern?

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    a pattern for blocks shaped like neckties? or a patter for using up old neckties?

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    Using old ties.

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    I mlooked and the only thing I found is open them up and make them into a crazy quilt, or use the dresden plate pattern or grandmas fan. type it into google and have a go.......... :-o

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    Judy Lee, I am still looking for that pattern. I have several OLD quild pattern books that I am unable to locate for now. Hoping it is in one of them.

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    [quote]

    you can use neckties in quilts the same way you would any other fabric. there aren't any specific patterns that i know of. you'll want patterns that call for fairly small patches. patterns intended for using up fabric scraps are ideal. depending on how sturdy the tie fabric is, you might need to fuse it to another fabric or innerfacing for stability. using an overcast stitch along the edges would be a good idea to prevent fraying if you plan to wash the quilt.

    you could also sew the ties together to make bigger pieces of fabric that you could then cut into patches. or for strip/string pieced quilts.

    here's a web site i love to check when i want "scrappy" inspiration

    http://www.quiltville.com/ (cruise down the left side of the page to find a very nice selection of patters. ALL FREE.)

    sew them together at the narrow ends to make fans, then applique them to background blocks.

    the sky is the limit.
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    Hey, Norah

    Thanks for keeping Broken Stove in mind. My mother-in-law said it was a challenge to piece because the stovepipe wandered through the blocks. We may be looking for a pattern that has had a name change, or Broken Stove might have been a regional or local name for another pattern. She was born in Tennessee.

    Perhaps the challenge was in placing the stovepipe piece in the block correctly so that it would hook up to other blocks' stovepipe pieces. She didn't piece intricate designs, but worked with old patterns like the 9-patch. She mentioned the Bow Tie pattern, so she must have been familiar with piecing on the diagonal, which would be a factor in Broken Stove, wouldn't it?

    I've thought and thought about this pattern, trying to imagine how it might look, but haven't sat down at the drafting table (gridded paper pad in my lap) to really come to grips with it.

    Thanks for your help, I'm sure your older quilt books will surface eventually.
    :P

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    i wish you could get a rough sketch from your mom. i'm sure we could make a pattern from that as a guide.

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    I found a broken block pattern on ebay. Is yours similar to this.
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    We'd all have an easier time if my first mother in law was still alive, or I had a piece of an old Broken Stove quilt top to go by. As it is, all the clues (stovepipe wandering through the blocks, Tennessee) have been given. My memory is vivid of sitting with her outdoors on a lawn swing, piecing Nine-Patch blocks, talking about her quilting days. The swing was under an "ellum" tree as she called it--an elm to this city kid of 17. She was already white-haired at 65.

    If the block cannot be found, and I can come up with my own design, it would honor her.

    The picture of the Broken Block is intriguing and is downloaded into my Possibles folder.

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    Hey Judy,
    I have a sister in law living in Tenn. She's actually on her way here for a couple of days. I'll have her look around her area and talk with the guilds there to see if anyone has the pattern, ever heard of the pattern, or what. How's that? No promises, but she'll do what she can to find it for you.
    Sharon

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    That's certainly above and beyond the call of duty and I would deeply appreciate the effort. It didn't occur to me to contact any guilds. Wow.

    No matter what the results are, Sharon, you and your sister ROCK!

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy Lee
    Has anyone heard of the Broken Stove quilt pattern?

    In the early 1960s my mother-in-law, raised in Tennessee, told me about it but couldn't remember exactly how it was pieced.

    I've been directed to the Broken Stone pattern, but I'm looking for Broken Stove. It's been a while since I ran a search on the Internet, so I'll try it again. Still, someone besides my m-i-l must know about this pattern.

    :?:
    Hey JL ... did you know that if you google on "broken stove quilt" now, your name comes up on the first page? when people are fighting for your autograph can I say "I knew her when ...)?

    :wink:

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    yeah, me, too! I'll let you know sometime next week what my sister-in-law finds out.

    we rock, yeah, I do have a rocking chair I quilt in...lol lol :thumbup: :roll:

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    Looky, looky, whatta cookie!

    There's my name, contained within the Quilting Board link to this thread.

    Yes, ladies, when I'm all lathered up in fame and fortune you will be exalted as faithful companions and cheerleaders on the Quest for the Broken Stove. We'll need a scribe to record the adventure, several pack horses to carry evidence, and camels when we hit the desert. Ever onward!

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    Wow :!: somebody famous on our forum! How cool is that!

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    Vicki

    Whose house is that? If it's yours, I'm jealous.

    Maybe there's a broken stove inside and we should conscript this dwelling to the furtherance of the Quest. Let's all meet there with empty cocoa mugs and demand sequestering until Spring.

    :twisted:

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    Could this be it? It is called Broken Stone. There are directions, if this is the one.

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    Broken Stone was suggested when I first began the Quest for the Broken Stove. It and Broken Stove Eye [what in the world is a stove eye and how does one break it?] may be the only patterns that we can turn up. I am not giving up just yet, though the trail is getting faint.

    I downloaded the Broken Stone photo you posted. Thanks for taking the time to add to my "body of knowledge" about Broken Stove. You never know about the parentage of some quilts--perhaps Broken Stone inspired some old quilter way back when, and she named her version Broken Stove.


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    I can tell you what a stove eye is. On a woodburning cook stove, the top has round cast iron "eyes" that would correlate with the black part of the pattern. They can be removed to get a more direct, and thus hotter fire, under your pot. Some fancy ones have several sizes of eyes, but generally they are 6" diameter. I've done a little cooking on a wood stove. Just thank God for gas and electric stoves. Trust me. :?

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    I found this one at the International Quilt Study Center:

    http://www.quiltstudy.org/search/index.html?search_type=standard&search_action=keyword&totalresults=1&offset=0&maxresults=10&detailresult=1&sortby=PatternPrimary

    Another "Quilt Stove Eye/Robbing Peter to Pay Paul" one, but it does have a good picture.

    Hope all this fame isn't going to your head! LOL
    sue

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