By: Wilene Smith
Grandfather’s Clock, Wild Pigeon, and Wheel of Society are just three of the recently discovered designs found in two early 20th century periodicals previously unknown as sources for quilt patterns. Hearth and Home magazine has long been recognized as a major source for quilt designs but recent discoveries have revealed four “sister” publications. Combined, these five magazines become a veritable 40-year diary of quiltmaking in the United States and Canada. Did homemakers 75 to 95 years ago have a way to trade or exchange their quilts and needlework for other items? Yes, they did, and the story is a fascinating one. When, precisely, did the Ladies Art Company of St. Louis add new designs to their inventory of quilt patterns? The answers are found in their advertising in old periodicals. This paper will introduce all of these new discoveries to quilt historians, documented by original copies in the author’s collection.