Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mother's Oddity

Here's a classic one-piece pattern quilt.
The encyclopedia has a gazillion names for it. Some of my favorites: Double Bit Axe, Jigsaw and Mother's Oddity. I'd been calling it Apple Core. The earliest published example for this block is ca. 1875.

It was purchased by my mom at a church garage sale near Tucson, Arizona. I appreciate the great collection of '40s and '50s fabrics used. The colors are so bold and clear. It MIGHT be a charm quilt - I have it up in my dining room and have yet to find a repeat fabric patch.

It measures 72" x 84" and is hand pieced and hand quilted. The skilled quiltmaker finished it with scalloped binding brought forward from the back.


  1. That is a gorgeous quilt! It looks like the maker collected fabrics for a long time. Beautiful!

  2. Beautiful quilt! What is it about the old fabrics? I wish someone would reproduce them all.

  3. Deb, do you think this quilt would have been paper-pieced? I can't imagine sewing all those curves together so neatly. I thought of you today when I came across a 30's hand quilted eiderdown, with a little ruffle all the way round the edge, so pretty and I love the history it contains.