Quilt Notes: On March 7, 1934, ENDLESS STAIR(S) appeared in Nancy Cabot's Chicago Tribune quilt column, and in the same year in the Farm Journal, and also under the plural name ENDLESS STAIRS in the Kansas City Star, according to Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS (#1110), where it is listed in her section devoted to "Squares and Rectangles Only." Jinny Beyer, in her QUILTER'S ALBUM (p. 426-3), ingeniously sets it next to a POSTAGE STAMP quilt, which it is, except that here the patches alternately swap vertical and horizontal. |
Cabot called ENDLESS STAIR the "Pet of Veteran Quilters," because it is so easy to piece (see left) and can be used as a vehicle for scraps (aka SCRAPPY ENDLESS STAIR). The design is also called WINDING STAIRWAY. Compare at this site with ATTIC STAIRS and GOLDEN STAIRS — interesting how all three achieve the climbing effect in uniquely different ways, this one the most obvious.