Three blocks for March Posted by margaret.rolfe on March 3, 2018 in blocks | 1 comment Here are my three Susannah blocks for the month of March. Coming from Australia can someone explain the origin of this block design? My greys were too light to make it into these blocks.
You made me curious, so I looked it up in Barbara Brackman’s book, Encyclopedia of Pieced Blocks. and found it was originally published in 1906, by Clara Stone, in a booklet called Practical Needlework: Quilt Patterns. She called it Mr. Roosevelt’s Necktie. It was published again, by the Ladies Art Company as Susannah and a third time, by Nancy Cabot in the 1930’s as Oh Susannah. I would guess the new name came from the American folk song Oh! Susanna, a line from which was used as the title for a 1936 musical comedy film, Banjo On My Knee.