Thursday, December 5, 2013

Triangle Thursday #27

Old Maid’s Rambler
This design is number 3159 in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. It is attributed to Orange Judd Farmer in 1903.  Orange Judd Farmer was the western edition of the American Agriculturalist and published quilt patterns on the women's pages.  You can find a printer ready copy here

Cutting directions are for 6”
Number to cut
1 dark
1 light
Cut 5 3/8square.  Cut in half diagonally.
2 light
2 dark
1 1/2” template.  Alternately cut 1 light and 1 dark square 2 3/8” cut in half diagonally.
1 light
1 dark
1 ½” by 7 5/8”

First you need to cut triangles off the rectangle. Carefully fold the rectangle in half matching the ends equally.  Line up your 45º degree line along the bottom of the rectangle.  Trim off the excess triangle on both the light and dark rectangles.

Next, sew the triangles on the end of the rectangles. Notice about a quarter inch overhangs the rectangles.  Stitch one to each side of the rectangle. Repeat with the dark rectangle and light triangles.  
Press the seams to the dark.

Now it’s time to attach this unit to the larger triangle.
Fold both the large triangle and the rectangle units in half.  Match the centers carefully and pin the ends and the center. Notice the little corners sticking out?  Don’t forget to have them peaking out on yours.  Stitch with the typical ¼” seam.

Press to the dark side. Repeat with the other side.

Pin the two sides together. Again, fold the two units in half and match the centers up.  Make sure to pin where the triangles meet to make the half triangle squares. Sew with a ¼” seam. 

Look for the last Triangle Thursday in two weeks, on Dec. 19th.  
Happy Quilting! 


  1. I like this block: it looks like a Hunter's Star

  2. I, too like this block and couldn't put my finger on what it reminded me of until I read Nancy's comment. She's right it does have the Hunter Star look...although simpler. Thanks for the tute on this made it simple. Can you imagine making this or any other 45 degree angled block back in 1903. We sure have it easy peasy these days. I like this Triange Thursday series. I'll for sure be back.
    Sue CollectInTexas Gal


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