Quilt Notes: A "picturesque name and picturesque quilt I have for you today," begins the article by Nancy Page (aka Florence La Ganke), in her syndicated column, published June 4, 1935 in the Hartford Courant. The newspaper headline describes the pattern as "Sunny Lanes Dappled with Shade." The idea of the title then is to suggest the beauty of beams of light dancing in the shadows of this pattern. At the same time, Nancy Page continues with some very practical, piecing information in her comments:
Make the patterns the size [of the templates]. Lay them on the goods and with a sharp pencil mark the outlines, then cut one quarter or one eighth inch beyond these outlines. Sew on the pencil marks. [...] Be sure to use color fast material. Press seams and be sure to cut and sew all pieces straight and true."
Note also, that the left to right slant of SUNNY LANES follows a rule of thumb in traditional painting, which is that the light source works best if it is situated in the upper lefthand corner of the picture. That tradition derives from the common practice of writing from left to right, top to bottom. And thus, without knowing it, we are actually trained to visually "read" things, whether they be print or pictures, in that same manner.
More designs at this site in celebration of the sun include:
DESERT SUN (with Georgia O'Keeffe)
LIGHTS AND SHADOWS
SUNSHINE AND SHADOW
SUNSHINE AND STAINED GLASS (with Sonia Delaunay)
LIGHT AND DARK (with Eva Zeisel)
RISING SUN (with Zinaida Serebriakova)
SUNBEAM AND SHADOW