Reflections of the Exotic East | Patterns


Oriental Tulip
Circa 1930-1935
Possibly made in Pennsylvania
IQSCM 2003.003.0141, Jonathan Holstein Collection

Although Nancy Cabot most often recycled traditional patterns, she also designed new patterns, such as her Oriental Tulip of 1933. The headline for this pattern announced: “Out of Ancient Egypt Comes Gay Design for Modern Quilt.” She claims that it is a “reproduction of an old Egyptian design that used to be embroidered on robes and temple hangings.” Whether this North-African provenance is true or not, the pattern itself appears to be more modern than exotic, resembling many other Art Deco-inspired patterns of the era. In the end, an exotic pattern name proved irresistible to Nancy Cabot, like other quilt block designers of her day.