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LADY OF THE LAKE
 
ANTIQUE GEOMETRIC QUILT DESIGNS * LADY OF THE LAKE
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Quilt Notes: LADY OF THE LAKE dates back to the 1850s and is illustrated with full pattern templates in CARRIE HALL BLOCKS, by Bettina Havig, American Quilter's Society, 1999. See also online cutting and piecing instructions. The design, which dates back to the 19th c., was reproduced in the Nancy Cabot quilt column in the Chicago Daily Tribune, June 17, 1933. Cabot (Loretta Leitner Rising) says that it celebrates Sir Walter Scott's poem, LADY OF THE LAKE: see complete poem online, or read a single stanza below.
LADY OF THE LAKE
by Sir Walter Scott

Stanza XVII.

But scarce again his horn he wound,
When lo! forth starting at the sound,
From underneath an aged oak
That slanted from the islet rock,
A damsel guider of its way,
A little skiff shot to the bay,
That round the promontory steep
Led its deep line in graceful sweep,
Eddying, in almost viewless wave,
The weeping willow twig to rave,
And kiss, with whispering sound and slow,
The beach of pebbles bright as snow.
The boat had touched this silver strand
Just as the Hunter left his stand,
And stood concealed amid the brake,
To view this Lady of the Lake.
The maiden paused, as if again
She thought to catch the distant strain.
With head upraised, and look intent,
And eye and ear attentive bent,
And locks flung back, and lips apart,
Like monument of Grecian art,
In listening mood, she seemed to stand,
The guardian Naiad of the strand.
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