BOY'S NONSENSE was illustrated in the Ladies Art Company
Catalog, #153, published in the late 19th c. (though with a smaller center square and wider bands around the sides). This version of the block was included by Nancy Cabot in her Chicago Tribune column on July 25, 1936, and where she dates it back to being one of the oldest, traditional quilt designs. Other names include BOY'S PLAYMATE, or just simply NONSENSE.
As illustrated left, there are so many wonderful children's fabrics that could be employed in this block. But in addition something in the print imagery, or color scheme, should seem odd or not make any real sense. The selections here attempt to be childlike and in some humorous way ridiculous. Compare with ANN'S DOLL QUILT, and TOAD IN A PUDDLE, or BUTTERFLY IN CIRCLES.
See more Nancy Cabot Blocks. Additional children's quilt designs at this site include:
TO MARKET, TO MARKET
PUSS IN THE CORNER
OLD KING COLE'S CROWN