KANSAS TROUBLES (piecing grid)|
by Florence La Ganke (Nancy Page)
from her syndicated column, 1936.
The design dates back to 19th c.
Ladies Art Company (#210)
Quilt Notes: In THE PERFECT PATCHWORK PRIMER (#63), Beth Gutcheon illustrates DELECTABLE MOUNTAINS as a dark and light tiling pattern, pieced in strips, and interestingly set on the vertical, as illustrated here (see tiling below). Maggie Malone also has a gorgeous variation with the strips set on the horizontal, see her 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS, p.415.
KANSAS TROUBLES (left) by Nancy Page, employs exactly the same pattern, except that it rotates the four-patch into a pinwheel or whirlwind. Notice in her notes that Gutcheon makes reference to the "Wizard of Oz," for which she created a unique "crazy quilt" type pattern called ROAD TO OZ. As regard's this block's history, Gutcheon states the following (pp.72-74):
"DELECTABLE MOUNTAINS is named after a passage from Pilgrim's Progress [published in 1678] which was the only reading matter except the Bible in many Puritan households. Children generally learned the ABC's from it; it was considered light reading, though the Slough of Despond generally stops me cold. The "Delectable Mountains" pattern reappeared later set in a block in such a way that the jagged edges appeared to whirl around like a cyclone. In that form, the pattern is called KANSAS TROUBLES (shades of Dorothy and the Wizard)."
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, was first published in 1900, the famous movie with Judy Garland was produced in 1939. In the story Dorothy's last name is Gale and of course she gets carried off by a dust storm in Kansas and is deposited in the Land of OZ where she eventually meets the Wizard.
On Kansas troubles and cyclones, an article at Wikipedia states the following:
"Early settlers discovered that Kansas was not the "Great American Desert," but they also found that the very harsh climate—with tornadoes, blizzards, drought, hail, floods and grasshoppers—made for the high risk of a ruined crop. Many early settlers who were financially ruined, and especially in the early 1890s, either protested through the Populist movement or went back east."
Compare with MIGRATION, also
ENIGMA SQUARE, MYSTIC STAR, WHIRLING SQUARE and YREKA SQUARE