Quilt Notes: According to Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS (page 78.1), ALABAMA RAMBLER made its debut in quiltdom in Nancy Cabot's column in the Chicago Tribune on October 3, 1936 (see as illustrated left). Cabot's comments on the pattern state the following:
"Little seen today, yet extremely old and, at one time, tremendously popular, is the brief history of ALABAMA RAMBLER. Originally it was made of red and green to indicate roses and leaves. The white material brought out more strongly the flower and leaf motif. The quilt may be set together as an all over design or the pieced blocks may be alternated with white ones. The completed pieced block measures 12 inches square."
From David Austin Roses: "Ramblers usually flower with great freedom once a year, producing large sprays of small to medium sized flowers. They send up strong, long stems from the base of the plant, which makes them ideal for covering large areas."
More flower-named quilt designs at this site include, for example:
(IN) NARCISSUS MOTIF
(with more botanicals)