Help Please?!

Sometimes the strangest things happen.  Let me explain.

In the middle of the day last week the home phone rang.  I hate answering it.  Telemarketers, survey takers and the like are, for the most part, the only people who call on the land line.  We’ve kept the land line so far because we get it for free with the internet.  The only person who calls it regularly is Hubby’s sister.

I was busy with the childcare kids and almost didn’t answer the phone.

The person on the line paused a second and then asked for Jo Kramer….Well that was me.  I was ready to hang up thinking it was a telemarketer.  Then she started in on her story….Her grandson is an Iowa State Fan.  His mom saw this quilt and wanted to know if she could make it.  Well, she likely could but she needs a pattern.

The called wanted to know if I knew the pattern.  Hmmm…no.  I don’t.  I couldn’t even remember the quilt.  She said that the quilt was shown in a blog post entitled “Quilts for the Iowa State Fair-second edition”.

Well I don’t like to be on the phone during childcare time so I asked that she send an email and I’d try to look into it.  Well she did send the email and I tried to look into it.  I found the blog post from when I talked about it.  It’s here if you want to see it.  I found the quilt too…


It’s a nice quilt for an Iowa State fan…in fact pretty cool.  I can see why I snapped the picture.

The problem…I don’t have a clue about the pattern…not a single clue.  Even if I did know, I’m sure I would have forgotten.  The post was from 2010…6 years ago.

I offered to write a blog post about it and see if any of you might know of the pattern.  I have lots of blog followers from Iowa so maybe, just maybe, one of you might know.  Being the quilt was shown at the fair, I am wondering if it might have been an original pattern…who knows.

If you do know, please help Cathy out by leaving a comment in the comment section telling her the name or the pattern and where she might be able to locate it at.  THANKS!!

When Hubby got home I told him the story…He was surprised someone could track down my phone number so easily.  I told him that I regularly write that I’m from Waucoma and there is the internet to find a phone number.

7 thoughts on “Help Please?!”

  1. I wonder if the folks at the Iowa State Fair office would have a record of the entry so you could contact the person who made it. Just a thought.

  2. That is a striking quilt. I bet it’s an original design. But I would think some graph paper and a little time would bring one close to replicating it or something close.

  3. I agree with Robby. A sheet of graph paper and studying the picture should get the design. Some of the gold is partial blocks to get the curves but I bet it is all straight sewing. Or it could be done with applique of the design on the background of red squares. I suspect it is not a pattern but an original design.’

    In fact, the more I enlarge and look at it, it does not appear to be really pieced as a whole but appliqued onto the red background. The “S” curves require some experience.

  4. Richard (in Charlotte, NC)

    So sorry you missed out on the suitcase hardanger; on the other hand, you have one heck of a vintage and in pretty good looking condition suitcase. Maybe you can sell it on eBay or Craig’s List.

  5. Check Pinterest…there are a couple of Iowa State quilts shown…one looks similar to yours. Maybe you can get a pattern there. Also Iowa t-shirt quilts.

  6. I agree with Ana Sweet. I thought it was appliqued also. The only pictures on Pinterest of
    this quilt all refer back to your original post. Good luck to Cathy on finding a way to make this quilt.

  7. I know what you mean about getting the suitcase & then finding that it was empty. I have seen people at auctions, not so descreetly, just drop an item into their bag. I complained at an auction once because a box that I bid on & won had been picked of the things that I really wanted & I was left with just a few vintage linens. So when I go to an auction and I want a box lot, I will stand by the box to make sure that parts of it are not moved to another box, or their purse or anything else. Love your quilts. And your work ethic. I have such a hard time sticking to a work schedule at home. I must try harder.

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