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TWENTY TEES, Nancy Page
by NANCY PAGE
The Hartford Courant (10/16/1934)
MIXED TEE, by Nancy Page
by NANCY PAGE
The Hartford Courant (8/15/1933)

Quilt Notes: At first glance, given such a gorgeous block for scraps of prints or varied colors, it would appear that there is not much creativity in the title. Just 20 Tee shapes arranged around a diamond center.

But not so fast, this is a 16-patch block, each with its own Tee-shape, therefore it ought to be called SIXTEEN TEES. However, the title counts into the bargain not only the patches, but the 4 white or neutral tees, created by the tiling. At first invisible, the white Tees are each positioned next to a black Tee in the Nancy Page illustration left. And that's the point of TWENTY TEES, and its genius, to play with those empty spaces as forms in and of themselves. In poetry the empty space, when it takes on meaning, implies something left unsaid. And so Emily Dickinson, a master of implication, says "Eclipses suns imply." That's where all the best insights come from in fine art and poetry, and the rather magical beauty of this pattern as well.

With perhaps some tongue in cheek, Page comments on TWENTY TEES in her syndicated newspaper column (10/16/1934):

"Today I have one of the prettiest blocks for you. It comes from Mrs. Myron Spaulding of Warners, New York. She says the block is at least sixty years old. It may be older, for she has lost track of the origin."
The 1930's Nancy Page designs are online, accessible through ProQuest Historical Newspapers, thanks to The Hartford Courant. The piecing layout is clearer in her illustration here of MIXED TEE (the original dating back to 1897 in the Ladies Art Company Catalog) and where she comments:
"The T's are certainly all entangled and mixed with each other in a delightful fashion."
Compare with the magnificent Tee variation in DARTING BIRD, also the intensity of colors combined with black in FANTASTIC PATCHWORK. . There are also a number of other quilt designs featuring TEE shapes, including THE LETTER T, along with adaptations as leaf designs — for an interesting selection, see Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, pp. 148-151.

For more "missing pieces," see at this site FOUR-POINTED STAR and DOVES IN THE WINDOW.

For an index of Nancy Cabot designs at this site, see CABOT BLOCKS.
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