Quilt Patterns Through Time

The History of Quilting Patterns & Free Quilt Block Patterns

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Before magazines and mail order patterns were widely available women shared them with each other. A pattern might have been mailed to a sister out west as well as given to the neighbor just down the road.


The study of these patterns is an intriguing blend of fact and myth. Where did their names come from and when were they designed?

Quilt Pattern

Biscuit or Puff

Bear's Paw

Honeycomb
Jacob's Ladder

Basket Quilts

Log Cabin

Mariner's Compass
Irish Chain

Wedding Ring

Lone Star

Pattern Links


Free doll and baby quilt patterns from the 19th and 20th
centuries along with the history of children's quilts.


Children's Quilts

Child Quilt History

Scottie Pattern
Basket Pattern

Log Cabin Pattern

Biscuit Pattern
9 Patch Pattern

Medallion Pattern

 

I've been having so much fun designing quilts I decided to build a little pattern site. Go visit Patterns From History and take a look around. They are all free for you to use.

Traditional Bible Block History and Patterns
Make a Bible quilt in remembrance of how important the Bible
has been to women throughout American history.

Quilt Block Patterns of America's Pioneers
These are for quilts related to the westward migrations including a bit of history as to why they were popular with pioneer women.

Quilt Block Patterns from the Colonial Revival
For popular quilts from the 1920s and 30s when there was a new interest in the "old fashioned" art of quilting.

Civil War Quilting Patterns
Make quilts like those made for fairs and for soldiers.


Tips on making reproduction quilts of various styles and periods.

Find more of Judy Anne's and other quilt sites here.

Pattern Timeline

Mariner's Compass
1726

Nine Patch
1808

Irish Chain
1814

Grandmother's
Flower Garden
1817

Feathered Star
1830

Lone Star
1830

Pieced Houses
1840

Ocean Shores
1844

Basket Quilt
1850

Log Cabin
1869

Ocean Waves
1875

Pieced Trees
1875

Fans
1885

Bow Tie
1898

Wedding Ring
1920

Reference:
Clues in the Calico


reproduction quilt pattern books