Quilt Patterns

Coast of Maine Quilts uses traditional American quilt patterns. There are many variations of these patterns, all of which add unique beauty, but we have tried to employ time-honored designs. The names of these patterns reflect experiences integral to traditional American life. Here are the patterns from which you can design your new quilt:

Churn Dash

The Churn Dash pattern originated between 1800 and 1849 and was so called because the triangle and rectangle perimeter of the block resembled a butter churn and the center square resembled the stick (or “dash”) of the butter churn. Another popular name for the pattern is “Monkey Wrench”.

Churn Dash Pattern Custom Churn Dash Quilt

Dutchman’s Puzzle

The Dutchman’s Puzzle pattern originated around 1898. It, or a variation of it, is often called “Windmill” in reference to the famous Dutch windmills and the spiral of triangles resembling a windmill in the pattern.

Churn Dash Pattern Custom Dutchman’s Puzzle Quilt

Jacob’s Ladder

Many old American quilt patterns were given biblical and spiritual names, reflecting the importance in the American home of the Biblical and spiritual life. Jacob’s Ladder, originating around 1870, is composed of a series of thirty-six very small squares in patches of four. The very dark and very light fabric contrasts allow the appearance of “ladders” running across the quilt. Variations of the dark and light arrangement have different names in different regions of the country. Other traditional names include Road to California, Stepping Stones, Tail of Benjamin’s Kite, Wagon Tracks, or The Underground Railroad.

Jacob’s Ladder Pattern Jacob’s Ladder Quilt

Log Cabin

The Log Cabin pattern is one of the most versatile and well-known traditional patterns. It originated around 1810-1830. Its center square is traditionally red to resemble the hearth of a cabin. The strips of fabric surrounding the hearth resemble logs of a cabin. The Log Cabin quilt block is built from the center out with each log placed like one is building a home. The Log Cabin block traditionally includes light fabric strips on one side, representing the joy of home, with darker fabrics on the other side, a reminder of sorrow.

Log Cabin Pattern Log Cabin Quilt

Ohio Star

The Ohio Star includes an arrangement of squares and triangles in a star pattern that originated between 1850 and 1870. Like many American quilt block names, the Ohio Star reflects political pride. Alternate names have included Star, Lone Star, Eastern Star, and Texas Star.

Ohio Star Pattern Ohio Star Quilt

Sail Boats

The date of origin of the Sail Boat pattern is not certain, but the origin of its name is obvious from the arrangement of triangles, rectangles, and trapezoids creating the appearance of a ship and sails. This pattern is dear to us at Coast of Maine Quilts, because our work is centered in Bath, Maine, the “City of Ships”. While we don’t know the original date of the Sail Boats quilt pattern, we know that settlers in the Bath region at the Popham Colony built the first American ship here, the 30-ton pinnace Virginia, in 1607.

Sail Boats Pattern Sail Boats Quilt

Shoo Fly

The Shoo Fly pattern originated around 1850 and reflects farm life. One alternate name for the pattern is “Hole in the Barn Door”. Its arrangement of triangles and rectangles around a center square resembles a hole through which the little pest could enter the home.

Shoo Fly Pattern Shoo Fly Quilt

Double Wedding Ring

The Double Wedding Ring quilt is often made for special occasions such as a wedding or an anniversary. The interlocking rings symbolize the marriage of a couple, who are joining together as one. Early examples of this design may be may be traced to the 4th century AD when the rings were used to decorate Roman cups. Another example of interlocking rings is found in the gimmal ring, an engagement ring which was popular in the 15th and 16th centuries. The ring was really 2 or more rings fitted together to make one whole. During the engagement, each partner wore one of the rings; when they married, the rings were interlocked together to form one wedding band for the wife. In America, the double wedding ring quilt pattern dates to the late 19th century, although it was most popular during the Great Depression.

Double Wedding Ring Pattern Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Double Irish Chain

The earliest documentation of the Double Irish Chain quilt pattern suggests it originated in America in the early 1800's (Brackman, B. Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, American Quilters Society, Paducah, KY, 1993). It is believed that similar weaving patterns in Ireland inspired it (Judy Anne Breneman. Quilt Patterns Through Time: possible origin of the Irish Chain Pattern, www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/irishchain.htm ). It is made of two blocks, with a solid space between the chains, allowing for a display of elaborate quilting in the solid areas.

Double Irish Chain Pattern Double Irish Chain Quilt

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