Prairie Queen Quilt Pattern: Reflecting Pioneer Days

The name Prairie Queen has been applied to regions, cities, businesses and even a stagecoach. It is a name that brings to mind the pioneer days and settlers moving into what would become the prairie states.

Calamity Jane the Prairie Queen?

Songs and poetry reflect the romance of the name. Pioneer women have been referred to as Prairie Queens. Even Calamity Jane is said to have gone through a period when she wore women's clothing and went by the name Prairie Queen.

Prairie Queen quilt with Prairie Points

Alternate Names and Patterns

It's no surprise that the name has also been applied to a quilt block, in fact two blocks bear this name. One is a variation of the Monkey Wrench and the other a star like block. Often patterns have more than one name and the pattern shown in the graphic on this page has also been published under the name "True Blue".

A Pattern Every Quilter Should Know

Prairie Queen quilt blockIn her book, "Old Patchwork Quilts and The Women Who Made Them", that was first published in 1929, Ruth Finely mentions the Prairie Queen as one of the, "Simple but widely used nine-patches that every person interested in quilts should know..." Finley gives no history of the block but we can assume from the quote that the pattern must have been around for a while to be that widespread.

alternate Prairie Queen quilt blockThe free pattern for this quilt can be found at Prairie Queen Pattern. You will also find information on how to make a Pyramid border and a link to information on making Prairie Points.

2007 Judy Anne Breneman (For your personal use only. Please write to me for permission before you copy this for others.)

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Prairie Queens: The strong, yet feminine, women who settled the West.

"Old patchwork Quilts and The Women Who Made Them", by Ruth Finley