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Grandma's Quilt - Pointed Tiles?

by Christina G Waldman
(Buffalo, New York, USA)

Would love to see more quilts in this pattern

Would love to see more quilts in this pattern

My grandma left a quilt top behind when she died, and I quilted it. I am very curious to learn more about the history of this pattern. The only one I can find was made by a lady whose ancestors came from the Isle of Man. (Ann Wasserman did a blogpost on it, 1/10/20,

My grandma's people were Scots-Irish. The pattern is not in square blocks, but interlocking units of squares and "house" shaped units, like a square with a pointed roof (and fill-in pieces along the border).

Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Quilt Patterns calls the pattern "pointed tiles."

Grandma never mentioned she had the quilt top when she was alive, but I recognize fabrics from about 1965. She and my great-grandma taught me basic sewing, patchwork, and applique.

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Jan 29, 2023
Another quilt in "Pointed Tiles"
by: Christina Waldman

The quilt on the cover of the "Illinois" issue of Quiltfolk magazine, no 18 (2021), draped in the shape of the State of Illinois, bears some similarity to my grandma's quilt which she pieced in the traditional "Pointed Tiles" pattern. According to the magazine, Mary Fons, the magazine's editor-in-chief, called her quilt "Little Black Dress." I am still looking for other examples of quilts in this or similar designs.

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