Mystery Quilt Revealed

A week or so ago I posted some random quilt pieces I’d come across, curious if anyone recognized them.  Then a few days later someone gave mom some quilt books she was getting rid of and as I flipped through one of them I was delighted to recognize that curve.

Unknown Quilt Pieces on Jan Made It

Turns out I was trying to make something round, when the actual pattern is square. The curves go to the middle. I rough-cut the pieces and just scooched them into place so I could show what it’s supposed to look like.

Hands all around

And you can tell by the “hands” at each of the four corners, it utilizes the diamond shape too.

Unknown Quilt Pieces on Jan Made It

It’s called Hands All Around and here is a pretty red and white one and a vintage scrappy one.  Here’s another one with the blocks assembled on the diagonal with a vintage lady featured in the center. Here’s a pretty blue and white one.

This is one of the quilt blocks that’s used for Friendship Quilts. These quilts include a blank space for individuals to sign their names or record other information that’s then embroidered permanently on the block. They are also called Signature Quilts or Autograph Quilts.

The googling I did for Hands All Around didn’t turn up anyone who had made one recently and I saw comments that weren’t really excited about the curved lines in the block. Several of the quilt tops I saw had been hand-pieced.

I’ve already figured out a way to eliminate the corners, by making more triangles, it’s a technique I’ve seen on Fons and Porter and Eleanor Burns. But I don’t think there’s a way around the curves. I’ll just have to stitch slow.

I’ll make one Hands All Around block in the red, white and blue just to say I did.  Then  we’ll see if I want to make more or if it just becomes a pillow or maybe a tote bag. With just a few I could make a table runner or some placemats for the 4th of July.

What do you think? Would you color match it, or make it scrappy?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tami
    May 12, 2017 @ 05:57:30

    Hooray Jan – mystery solved!! I think it was very serendipitous that both the fabric and then the book that had the pattern you were searching for both just found their way to you. I don’t really know anything about quilting but I think it’s lovely and unique design. Anything you decide to do with will turn out fabulous I’m sure. I like the red, white and blue fabric you picked to try this out with. A fourth of July table runner sounds fun! 😀

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    • Jan
      May 12, 2017 @ 11:15:47

      Thanks Tami ~ I was overloading on what to use to cut out my sample…I have way too many fabrics within eyesight. The patriotic theme just seemed bright and fun. I will keep you posted.

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