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Thread: Can anyone tell me what this vintage pattern is?

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    Can anyone tell me what this vintage pattern is?

    I bought this quilt at a yard sale last month, it is all hand-pieced, and about a twin size. Does anyone know what it is called and what era this might have come from? Thanks for any help,
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    Im sry I cant help but it is a very lovely quilt.

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    I've never seen this before but I gotta say it's awesome!
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    Thanks!! I really love it, would like to keep it, but I think I am going to have to sell it on etsy or ebay. Just taking a leave of absence from my job, and need the $$.
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    This is really a lovely quilt. To me it looks like a cross betwixt a Wedding Ring block and a Drunkards Path block. It really is beautiful!

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    not sure but looks like "Snake's Trail" Will try and look it up when I have time.
    Also looks 30's

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    It looks like a variation on snake in the hollow to me.

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    I don't know what it's called but it sure is pretty!

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    What a great find. Good luck in selling it, but have no idea what it is called.
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    I think it is a variation on snake's trail, or snake in the hollow. 30s, you think?? I hate to sell it!!
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    this appears to have been a either a beginner's effort for someone or more likely a combination effort. it was very common in former decades for friends or family members to help piece...however, you can see the pitfalls if everyone is not using the exact seam allowances... i think the blocks simply did not match and a way was found to use them and not lose all the work that went into them... the block is simply a quarter circle with a pieced strip in it...it may have been supposed to be part of a double wedding ring or used in a one of the many drunkard's path layouts... there are block names and layout names and a block can be used in many layouts... this may or may not have had a name in the beginning, but the lack of the matching sizes gave it a new twist....it doesn't really matter, it is lovely and should be enjoyed...it's hard to date from the fabrics as the pics/prints are small, but the fact that it was white rather than muslin tells you it was meant to be a 'good' quilt (in addition to how good the condition is, clearly not used a lot)...white was more expensive and not usually used for 'everyday' quilts... it appears to be old but the prints are very bright which speaks of later dyes... ticking (the tiny stripes) has been around for centuries but this is just a print, not real ticking, so no help there... rose prints, ditto...been around as long as there were prints.... the yellows speak of later...yellows were rare and expensive in early days and these are especially bright...you're gonna need a 'hands on' appraiser to give you real information on this one...congratulations on a lovely quilt whether it an antique or not....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    not sure but looks like "Snake's Trail" Will try and look it up when I have time.
    Also looks 30's
    I googled and it looks a lot like a "Snake's Trail". http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/2011/04/snakes.html
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    Thank you, all, for your information. So much to learn from all of you!!
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    That layout with drunkard's path is called 'King Tut's Crown', aka 'Cleopatra's Puzzle'...not sure with the rings/fans. Snake's Trail is not usually enclosed is it?

    As a DP block: http://kesquilts.blogspot.com/2010_02_01_archive.html
    Last edited by ghostrider; 11-11-2011 at 12:15 PM.
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    Wow!!! That King Tut's Crown is very cool, isn't it?? I wonder if I could do that??
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    Don't know, but surely do like it.

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    My twist on this cool quilt is a variation on Grandmothers fan.. The way it is set gives it a new name. Snake in the hollow is one variation. I'm not sure of what this setting is called.
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    I bet you could do that with the wedges from a DWR set of templates, just add more arcs and end pieces and play with segments...

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    Thanks!!! You are all so helpful and knowledgeable!!
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    Don't know, but sure is pretty.

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    I remember reading an article in the last few months about snake quilts - anyone remember it? It was in one of the quilting magazines. I'm going to see if I can find it for you. It was very interesting and might help you date this quilt.

    Found it - it's in the June/July issue of Quilter's Newsletter. If you don't have the issue you can get it on their website at www.quiltersnewsletter.com.
    Last edited by LyndaOH; 11-11-2011 at 10:30 PM.

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    It is a beautiful quilt. I've not seen another like it.
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    I believe it's a variation of the pattern called Baby Bunting.

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    I looked thru a couple of my vintage quilt books and did not find it. It certainly is a lovely quilt tho.
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    A couple of examples:
    from Creative American Quilting (BH&G)
    http://pair.com/threets/babybunting1.jpg

    from Legacy: The Story of Talula Gilbert Bottoms and Her Quilts
    http://pair.com/threets/babybunting2.jpg

    There's also a dim photo in a book that I can't open flat to scan, A People and Their Quilts, where a similar pattern was named by the maker Rattlesnake, and the text says it was more commonly called Baby Bunting.

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