Quilt of Birds - 1937 Nancy Page Embroidery Pattern

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This is a guide for people interested in recreating or identifying vintage redwork or embroidery quilts. The work on this quilt may be done in a number of ways.  "Nancy Page" suggests embroidery, using chain stitch, outline stitch and fly stitching being used mostly. 

Quilt of Birds - Nancy Page Quilt Club

Florence LaGanke was a quilt pattern designer, working under the title of the "Nancy Page Quilt Club."  The Quilt of Birds was published in newspapers such as The St. Joseph News-Press of 1937. One pattern was printed each week, and the reader would carefully cut and save each piece until they had a complete quilt set.  These patterns were highly valued, many of them surviving for collectors and quilt historians of today.

Squares are cut 9 1/2" by 11 1/2".  The finished panel for each bird will measure nine by eleven inches. On a background of the palest ivory, are twelve frames of light wood colored bands. And in each one of these frames is an embroidered bird. The birds are perched on leafy twigs. Some of the birds are busy hunting food, some seem to be getting ready to sing, and others are sitting as bright and perky as if they knew their picture was being taken.


 12 Birds in the pattern

  • Magpie
  • Swallow
  • Waxwing
  • Robin
  • Blue Jay
  • Wood Pecker
  • Warbler
  • Tanager
  • Hummingbird
  • Cardinal
  • Bluebird
  • Oriole

The Nancy Page Quilt Club patterns typically involved a lot of text.  In addition to the pattern, the reader was treated to a fictitious story about a quilt group and their leader, Nancy Page.

The designs may be appliquéd of course, but were not planned with that in mind.   The designs might also be traced lightly onto the cloth and then colored with  wax crayons. (After the coloring is on the design it is set by placing a blotter above and below the cloth and pressing over the crayoned part with a warm iron. Then the optional embroidery is done afterwards).


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