Nancy Page: “Indian Trail”

Found within the vintage newspaper ads and patterns I own were a few clippings from the Nancy Page Quilt Club. The Nancy Page Quilt Club published a syndicated weekly 2-column quilt pattern in the 1930s. The column was written by Florence LaGanke.

Indian Trail

This column was published in The Sunday Sun (a Baltimore newspaper) during early 1930s.

The Nancy Page Quilt Club members looked at the new quilt with interest. “Oh, I know what that pattern is called. My mother calls it Indian Trail.” “Oh, no, Peggy, my grandmother calls it ‘Rambling Road.’” “You call that Rambling Road, Martha? Why no, that’s ‘Weather Vane.’”

Nancy smiled. “You know,” she said, “that Finley in her excellent book on quilts says that this pattern boasts about as many name changes as any pattern ever pieced. She says she has heard it called Indian Trail, Forest Path, Winding Walk, Rambling Road, Rambling Rose, Climbing Rose, Old Maid’s Ramble, Storm at Sea, Flying Dutchman, Northwind, Weather Vane, Tangled Tares, Prickly Pear, Irish Puzzle.” How’s that for a collection? At any rate everyone who looked at it felt that it was a pattern that was going somewhere. No one called it “Quiet Pastures” or “Sleeping Sun.”

It needs to be made up in white and a small white and black print, or white combined with one other material, possibly a red and white print or a blue and white. I should think it could be made up with white and one of those black and white prints that are so evenly balanced in black and white that they look almost gray….

This pattern was available for 3 cents and a SASE to The Sunday Sun.

2 Responses to “Nancy Page: “Indian Trail””

  1. Julie Vernon Says:

    Really we have been limiting ourselves in the past few years to what is being published in fabric oreinted quilting books nowdays. And yet some of the best looking quilt patterns are found in old newspaper, magazines etc.

    I have quilted over 40 years, and have turned about face once again. I am making much plained backgrounds! And choosing to do alot more hand quilting in the backgrounds. WHY? Because I realized – back then – the design of the blocks and their interplay was what they valued. Fabric was how they achieved that look. Today, we are so wrapped up in the choice of fabrics — we have forgotten the simpler basics of quilting.

    Thank you for showing us this terrific pattern!

  2. Sandie Says:


    I totally agree with your outlook 100% ! I thrive on our historical quilt heritage & I keep a notebook of all articles in magazines that are strictly quilt history related, anything that takes me back in time ! I am not a fan of long-arm machine quilting that many women today use to finish their quilt tops. And unfortunately I number among them as it is a time factor for me, I need to have dispalys in my shop which would never be ready if I were to hand quilt them all ! Needless to say, my shop is very traditional in fabrics, books & patterns for my customer base.
    I have access to ProQuest for my local Chicago Tribune newspaper. These are files going way back in time. So, I am able to pull up ALL of the blocks published, daily, (beginning 23 January 1933), under the pen name Nancy Cabot, (Loretta Leitner Rising). Also with the blocks, there was always written a short history about the block. I also would like to locate two phamplets that were published, Nancy Cabot Quilts & Nancy Cabot’s Second Book of Quilts.
    I came accross your posting today, because I was doing a search for Nancy Page, last evening, I found this name in an old issue of a Quilters Newsletter Magazine, May 1986. So, now I am also planning to locate files for the Baltimore paper, Sunday Sun, so as to see the blocks in the Nancy Page column.

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