When I originally wrote about Terry Atkinson’s “Four Square Farmhouse” pattern, I considered the beautiful simplicity of the quilt pattern, and the stunning batik color combination.
To be honest, I didn’t think much about the pattern name. Until today.
Terry writes on the back of her pattern,
“Four square farmhouses, often called “Cornbelt Cubes”, became popular in America when a “Square Deal” was offered by president Teddy Roosevelt. These homes had simple, pleasing proportions- four main rooms on each floor, set two rooms deep by two rooms wide. These same dependable proportions are used in the “Four Square Farmhouse” block.
A quick search of “Google Images” turned up the following images:
And a very interesting article, found here.
Hmmm.. now I get it! I didn’t know homes of that style were called foursquares. If I remember to pay attention, Terry Atkinson always teaches me something.
And, then there’s Rose’s beautiful new quilt.
Start with a stack of beautiful batiks. Carefully chosen to vary in color and value, with a pleasing mixture of marbles and prints. Use contrasting pairs to highlight the beauty of every fabric.
Four-Square Farmhouse patterns and kits can be found at Dakota Cabin Quilts, by clicking here.