Although the Schoolhouse block pattern has been around since the late 19th century, it took 72 years since the Ridgewood Historical Society begin collecting artifacts for the Schoolhouse Museum to receive a donation of a quilt using the pattern. The pattern was particularly popular from the 1890’s-1940’s, the time during which one room schoolhouses were being replaced by multi-classroom buildings. Variations on the theme range from numerous identical images to a single large one. The quilts are sometimes appliqué and sometimes patchwork. Our quilt is a crib quilt made in the late
A search at The Quilt Index shows the great variety of quilts made from this simple block. Click here to see more.