Quilt Notes: Similar to SCRAP BAG (see left), JOSEPH'S COAT debuted in print in the late 19th c. Ladies Art Company Catalog (#146). For full size pattern templates, see CARRIE HALL BLOCKS by Bettina Havig, American Quilter's Society, 1999, or browse the Internet for related websites.|
Obviously, the name, JOSEPH'S COAT, refers to the biblical reference in Genesis 37:3: "Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors."
Although simplified in these schematic illustrations, both the SCRAP BAG block and JOSEPH'S COAT can be pieced effectively and beautifully with a wide variety of fabric scraps of many colors. According to THE QUILT ID BOOK (1986), by Judy Rehmel, the SCRAP BAG design is also sometimes called JOSEPH'S COAT. The only difference here is the extra diamond in the center of the corner squares (see illustrations left).
For more religious themes, compare at this site with:
GARDEN OF EDEN
DOVES IN THE WINDOW
STORM AT SEA
BIRD OF PARADISE