Plaid Pineapple, Broken Wheel, and Snail's Trail: A New Look at Old Patterns
The Annual Winedale Quilt Exhibition
About the exhibit:
There are thousands of pieced quilt patterns and nearly every one of them has one name, if not more. This exhibition of more than 20 quilts revisits a group of patterns often seen in quilts—plus one original design from 1975—and offers some of the history of each pattern and its name. Focusing on patterns and their names is one of the many ways to look at and learn about quilts. It is also an excellent opportunity to explore how quilts illuminate our past.
Iowa quilt maker Maxine Teele (1914–1977) used old blocks to create a quilt she named Snail's Trail. The pattern is composed of squares and triangles pieced to give a dramatic result. Snail's Trail wasn't the only name used for this pattern in the 1920s and 1930s; others include Indiana Puzzle, Monkey Wrench, and Friendly Hand. In addition, mail order booklets and kits offered by Kansas City's Aunt Martha Studios also sold the popular pattern under the names Indian Puzzle and Chinese Coin.
Winedale Historical Complex is located four miles northeast of Round Top, Texas,
at 3738 FM 2714 (off FM 1457)