“…within reach of the average housewife.”
Here are some of the patent drawings I found. See if you can figure out what the device is before you look at the picture of my present.
Here is how it is described in the patent: “…frame including inner and outer co-planar closely, uniformly, adjustably fitting rectangular wooden frames, the inner frame being of a rigidly integrally unyielding character, the co-planar adjustability between the inner and outer frames being provided by mitering and rigidly uniting side and end pieces of said outer frame at both ends of one of the diagonals of said outer frame, and mitering and spreadably adjustably uniting the other ends of said side and end pieces of said outer frame located at the opposite ends of the other diagonal of said outer frame, thereby facilitating the joint use of two hands to simultaneously uniformly adjust the radial peripheral spacing of the two rectangular frames, as well as the telescopic spaced correlation of said frames.”
It was invented by Virginia L. Hedrick, of Corona, CA in 1979. The patent number is: 4422251 granted in 1983.
The invention summary said, “In the first place the cost had to be low enough to be within reach of the average housewife.”
I’m going to try this thing out the next time I hand-quilt. I’ve never used a frame before. I’ve just used my lap.
Thank you Mary Mac.