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Rising Sun
Rising Sun

Rising Sun

The designer Nancy Page presented this multi-pointed star block in May 1941 in the Birmingham News.

It would be a good while before another Rising Sun block was published in an American newspaper. Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese that December.

Click on the block to see a whole-quilt mockup.


Merry Kite
(Ladies Art Company)



Merry Kite
(Cabot)

Merry Kite

Ladies Art Company block #515 was published in 1928. Our graphic shows it as it appeared in the LAC catalog.

Click on the lavender "Make It!" icon for a diagram of the Ladies Art Company's variation. We dare you to make it.

The block was republished four years later in Nancy Cabot's Chicago Tribune column. Cabot's version is much, much easier to make because she split half the diamonds along the seamline.

To see a larger diagram of Cabot's block, click the lavender "Make It!" icon and scroll down. For instructions on how to make Cabot's block, click on the blue "Make It!" icon.


King David's Crown
King David's Crown

Finley cited this block as one of the most often used for "every-day" quilts 'way back when, meaning the block was probably made from scraps. It's on a 10x10 grid.
Georgetown Circle
Georgetown
Circle
Georgetown Circle
Crown of Thorns/Memory Wreath


This three-color, 12-pointed block is from Finley's 1929 Old Patchwork Quilts. Georgetown is, of course, a neighborhood within Washington, DC.

The block combines both wreath and star patterns, Finley notes, and has also been called "The Crown of Thorns" and "Memory Wreath." Because Georgetown Circle is the most distinctive of the names, that's what we've called it here.

Besides, memory wreathes transcend a single block. Finley wrote, "The blocks of the Memory Wreath were pieced from the dresses of one's dear departed, the white center of the block in the exact middle of the quilt usually bearing a fitting inscription in cross-stitch."

Wyoming Valley Block
Wyoming Valley Block

To learn more, click on the graphic.