LEND AND BORROW
with traditional print fabric
Quilt Notes: LEND AND BORROW first appeared in print in Ruth Finley's OLD PATCHWORK QUILTS, 1929. In her section on the "Origin of Quilt Names," Finley states the following (pp 113-114):
"The pattern was popular below the mountains of the Mason and Dixon line. It was called Rocky Glen."
The same design with a slight variation was included in Nancy Cabot's column in the Chicago Tribune, July 5, 1935, where she comments on the pattern's diversity of names:
"When I first saw the pieced block, 'Lend and Borrow,' there was something strongly reminiscent of an older quilt block. The resemblance is to a block which proved its age and estate by having fourteen quilt names. It is 'Indian Trail' and also is called 'Winding Walk,' 'Rambling Road,' and 'Irish Puzzle.'"
There is almost no such thing as copyright of geometric patterns used in quilt designs. And there are few craft worlds as generous as quiltdom, especially as regards sharing ingenuity and inspiration. Some of the borrowing is international. The idea of CRAZY QUILT designs for instance, was influenced by the traditional splicing of fabrics in patchwork imported from Japan during the late 19th century (see illustration upper left). The famous Hokusai ocean wave (upper right) has been borrowed on in all sorts of print fabrics and graphic designs both in Japan and in the West. The lending and borrowing of motifs throughout quilt history is one of its most treasured features.
Other design names at this site utilizing the pairing of opposites include:
ODDS AND ENDS
PUDDING AND PIE
TWO IN ONE
LIGHTS AND SHADOWS
LEFT AND RIGHT
CORN AND BEANS
FORE AND AFT