I've learned more about Hubert Ver Mehren because the Uncoverings book I ordered arrived last week. Susan Price Miller wrote a very interesting article on the Home Art Studios. First off, she spells the family name Ver Mehren which I'll respect and assume is the correct spelling versus the VerMehren I found in the newspaper.
Another insight was that the family did not publish all the patterns offered in Needle Art Novelties. The author does not think that the name Nancy Lee was an alias of the Ver Mehrens but a name used by a Needleart Company.
So who drew our Romper Babies? We may never know and I'm going to just refer to the patterns as simply "The Romper Babies". It's easier for us all to remember as well.
This week's Romper Babies:
Happy Friendship Friday!
I made the Tortellini Soup for mom, a neighbor home from the hospital, and another who also had a hip replacement.
Mom's Tortellini Soup doesn't call for salt. I recommend you add some to enhance the flavor. All the ladies I cooked for last week were supposed to be on low-salt diets so this recipe was perfect for them.
Ma's Chicken Tortellini Soup:
I'm taking a one week break from Story Time Stitches. There is too much going on and my husband and I are still recovering from our Moderna booster shots.
Instead, here is a nice quilt that you can enjoy. It's an early 20th century quilt in a Bow Tie pattern. I like that it is predominately plaids and the solids are chambray. It's indicative of the time period when calico prints weren't as popular because they didn't wear as well.
I have a whole folder of children's puzzles that I collected from a local paper. Published in the 1940s and 1950s, they just tickle me and make me laugh. The reason I collected these puzzles was because often the headline for the puzzle was "Help Grandma plan her quilt." Maybe you will have children visiting over the holiday and here is a fun activity for them. You'll have to repair the puzzle a little, some newspaper copies are just too faint for me to correct:
Here's one that I tried to repair and make the lines darker:
"Using only 3 colors of crayons, color each area of this design for an old fashioned quilt so that the same color does not adjoin in any segments. You must study diagram carefully to achieve this effect successfully."
By the way, Emma C. McKean was the illustrator who made most of the puzzles I have in my collection. She's also credited as the first woman to have her original material accepted by comic books. You can read about her here. She also illustrated many children's books, games, coloring books, etc.
The solution for the puzzle is here and it's faint. Good luck with that 😀
This week folks in the U.S. will be celebrating Thanksgiving.
In some cases, it appears that the quilts were made as fund raisers. In 1924, The Kentucky Advocate had an article that talked about the First Baptist Church. Apparently exterior repairs were more costly than expected and members were encouraged to help out:
"...the congregation will piece out a 'Thanksgiving Quilt' with the number of dollar bills, one for each member. The unique service will be held Sunday morning, and every member is earnestly urged to be present. " It sounds as if there was no actual fabric piecing involved but a quilt made of dollar bills which was called the "Thousand Dollar Quilt".
Wishing you a safe and happy day!
Today is supposed to be warm again. I'm hoping that after I take my Mom to the doctor that I can do some clean-up in the garden.
Like a lot of city/suburban dwellers, we have leaves to rake. Most of the leaves are from neighbors' maple trees. It seemed like today's quilt was fitting:
Tomorrow is Friendship Friday so if you have anything to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two British women are featured in this last Absentee installment. So let me just begin by saying it's possible that quilt patterns or embroidery patterns based on both women's illustrations were offered in the United Kingdom but not here. I've just never seen them.
Mabel Lucie Atwell was one of the most prolific and popular illustrators of the 20th century. Her work is still being marketed and her figures were featured in fabric during the modern era (like the last 20 or 30 years). Her children's books were very popular throughout the world.
Although she did illustrations for regular classic children's stories, her characters in her Boo-Boos series were probably the most popular. The Boo-Boos books featured vintage looking children and small green elves: