Saturday, February 9, 2013

Nancy Cabot, 80 years later

I first heard about early 20th c. quilt block designer "Nancy Cabot" (pen name for Loretta Leitner Rising) about a year ago -- and there is a great flickr group dedicated to exploration of her modern-feeling designs.

But about a week ago I stumbled across a new website -- one that is honouring the 80th anniversary of the debut of Cabot's Chicago Tribune column: Moore About Nancy / the Nancy Cabot sewalong.

Candace is offering daily blocks c. 1933, all of which finish at 6"...  and after lurking for a several days I felt inspired to dive in yesterday.

I have a bit of catching up to do, but I have made 4 blocks so far -- using a tiny stash of Aneela Hooey prints and some white Essex linen as focus fabrics.

"Star and Cross" by Nancy Cabot
"star and cross"

"Wandering foot" by Nancy Cabot
"wandering foot"
-- a block I adore, although I *may* need to redo
because my block is 1/4" small all around, boo!

"Georgetown Circle" by Nancy Cabot
"georgetown circle"

"Beautiful Star" by Nancy Cabot
"beautiful star"

...because I really needed to be working on 2 samplers at once (!). Want to join me?