Yesterday I was reading about Nancy Cabot and looked through a number of her patterns. It's astounding but she usually featured a quilt pattern a day, although she had helpers. A good bio on her is here and here.
But I don't want to talk about Nancy as much as I want to talk about quilts and myths.
Most of you realize there were no "Underground Railroad" quilts. Many of you realize that no quilter purposely made a mistake on her quilt as a "humility block." These are just a few of the myths that haunt our craft.
In July of 1938, a myth I had never heard was relayed by Nancy Cabot.
"There was a superstition among the ancient quiltmakers that black, included in a coverlet, was not to be taken as a good omen, and no one ever dared consider it with other colors." She then goes on to write that the designer of this pattern chose to defy the odds by using black, yellow and blue in this quilt:
Circa 1890 quilt top