Robbing Peter to pay Paulson
This quilt picture is from the Nebraska State Historical Society, International Quilt Study Center, James Collection #11997.007.0925. Copy and reuse restrictions apply.
I am on a quilt mail list. The other day someone said she wanted to make a quilt for an economist friend. Suggestions poured in for traditional quilt blocks: Economy Block, Bright Hope, Flight of Fancy, Dreamers Lament, Card Trick, Federal Chain, Depression Block, Hard Times, Double Cross, Washington’s Puzzle, etc. My favorite was Robbing Peter to Pay Paul (renaming it “Robbing Peter to pay Paulson”).
Quilters are so clever. There are free instructions for making a traditional Rob Peter to Pay Paul block on Marsha Hohn’s Quilter’s Cache site.
To see more historical quilts go to the Nebraska State Historical Society site.