Susan Davis, owner of Olde American Antiques and American Quilt Blocks, has created a series of original quilt blocks for the 50 states. Some, but not all, of these designs are based on state quilt block patterns inaugurated by the farm magazine Hearth and Home, circa 1907-1912. Readers throughout the country were asked to contribute pieced cloth blocks to represent their state.
The request for submissions of quilt block patterns by Hearth and Home magazine proved to be very successful. Readers submitted quilt block patterns representing their state and pictures of the selected blocks were published in the monthly issues of the magazine until the series was discontinued in 1912. There were a total of 48 state blocks in the early series. Hearth and Home magazine began another series called "Outlying Possessions" that included Alaska and Hawaii. These quilt block patterns were published later before the magazine ceased production in May 1933.
Susan has a background in design and was a member of the Montana Historic Quilt Project in 1987. Susan and her husband, Jack, founded Olde America Antiques in 1988 with a focus on antique postcards and ephemera. This business morphed into a fine art printing company in 1998. Susan always wanted to produce high-quality images on cloth for quilters. The technology for 8-color printing on cloth was only recently developed. Susan and Jack were among the first to produce genuine 8-color giclee prints on cloth.
Susan has created new, original quilt blocks for the 50 states using the 1907-12 patterns of Hearth and Home magazine as a basis, along with her redesigns. Each of these 50 state designs is unique with a distinct color combination, the name and nickname of the state, and a matching border to enhance the overall design. The style of these designs is influenced by the American Arts and Crafts movement.
QUILT BLOCK SIZES AVAILABLE TO ORDER:
RECTANGLE: 3x4.5 - 3x5 - 4x6 - 5x8 - 6x9 - 8x12 - 12x18
SQUARE: 4x4 - 5x5 - 6x6 / CUSTOM SIZES: Contact Us for Info
FREE PATTERNS AVAILABLE:
Sets of 4-4x6 Quilt Blocks - Wall Hanging Pattern
Sets of 4-4x4 Quilt Blocks - Hot Pad or Ornament Pattern
Sets of 2-4x6 Quilt Blocks (front and back) - Fabric Postcard
Sets of 4-3x4.5 Quilt Blocks - Ornament Pattern
Sets of 2-5x8 Quilt Blocks - Tote Bag Pattern
Sets of 3-5x8 Quilt Blocks - Table Runner Pattern
Single 6x9 Quilt Blocks - Pillow Pattern
Single 8x12 Quilt Blocks - Wall Hanging Pattern
- Our patterns are available as PDF downloads (click on PATTERNS in the navigation bar above). Some of the patterns below are not listed on the web site at this time. We will be adding these patterns as time permits and will be glad to send you any of the patterns in an email. You are welcome to contact us if you have trouble finding the pattern you want or need help placing your order.
NOTE: Our fabric blocks do not need to be washed prior to use. They are ready to sew out of the package.
INSTRUCTIONS: Peel paper backing from fabric block. Fabric blocks are ready to sew out of the package. They do not need to be washed prior to using.
CARE: If the fabric blocks have to be washed for some reason we recommend hand washing only in cold water with a neutral ph detergent (such as Ivory). Air dry. Iron on reverse side of image on low setting.
Olde America Antiques is a fine art printing company that produces vintage American Quilt Blocks for quilters. American Quilt Blocks are high-quality fine art prints on cloth and are among the finest on the market. Satisfaction is guaranteed with all of our products.
American Quilt Blocks are soft, READY-TO-SEW, 100% cotton sateen fabric. They are NOT TRANSFERS. The quilt blocks we produce set a new standard in quality and performance in quilting.
Olde America Antiques is a pioneer in fine art printing on cloth. We were the first company to produce genuine 8-color giclee prints on cloth. Giclee (zhee-CLAY) is a recently developed printing process that utilizes high resolution digital scanning and new, sophisticated inkjet technology to reproduce detailed, accurate images and artwork. The inks we use in our giclee printers are archival quality, resulting in colors that are brighter and longer lasting than prints made by traditional printing methods.
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