This variation of a New York Beauty pattern was published in Capper’s Weekly in 1931 titled “Springtime in the Rockies.” It is a scrap quilt that also utilizes solid color fabric, which gives it both contrast and continuity. Sarah Moore of Meigs County, Tennessee, possibly made the quilt, circa 1934, as published in Soft Covers for Hard Times, by Merikay Waldvogel (1990).
The curved piecing is a change from the ordinary straight line piecing most often seen. Carrying the curves in the blocks out into the border makes it unusual and these extending curves on three sides of the quilt show it was to be used as a bed quilt. Foundation piecing made short work of the pieced curves and strips. It made me wonder if Sarah used a paper foundation as well, possibly pages of a catalogue or magazine.
Collecting the fabrics for this quilt was fun. It was a challenge to see how many fabrics could be found. The quilt contains over two hundred different reproduction fabrics that are alive with action and animation. There were lots of flowers and geometric shapes, children playing, the toys they played with, the animals they loved and more. Looking at all of the wonderful fabrics that make up a 1930’s scrap quilt is a great experience, and it was also very reflective. It is amazing how happy the fabrics seem when you think of the difficulty that the families faced at that time. The fabrics had to be a welcome retreat when they worked on the quilts and tried not to dwell on their circumstances. It was a joy for me as well.