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Twist Patchwork
Twist Patchwork

From the Ladies Art Company's 1897 catalog comes a design that duplicates a familiar pattern used for rattan chair seats in now-vintage chairs. The LAC showed four of the blocks that we've pictured at left. In other words, our block is an eight-patch, while theirs was based on a 16 x 16 grid. It is the LAC's block #294.



Palm Leaf
Hosanna/Palm/Hozanna/The Palm/The Palms

While this block was first published in the Ladies Art Company catalog as its #461 (1922), Ruth Finley found it independently and concluded that it was a pre-Revolutionary design.

"One cleverly distinctive thing about the pattern is the inversion of one pair of the leaves," she wrote. "A real artist did that. Anyone else would have set the four stem ends together in the center."

Hall called it Hosanna (1929). Palm and Hozanna came from Carrie Hall (1935), and for the last two, Beyer cites Laura Wheeler (1933) and a Mountain Mist Blue Book (1935) for The Palm and The Palms, respectively.

The Bible story behind the names is that when Jesus went to Jerusalem, where he was convicted and crucified, people waved palm leaves as if Jesus was in a grand procession. The scripture is as follows:

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! "
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Blessed is the king of Israel!"
                                                               --John 12:12-14, New International Version


Aunt Patsy's Pet/Aunt Patty's Favorite/Nine-Patch/4&9 Patch/9&4 Patch/New Nine Patch/Improved 9 Patch/The Snowball & 9-Patch/The Mystery Snowball/Snow Ball/New Snowball//Federal Chain/Delaware's Flagstones/Grandmother Short's Quilt/Dutch Mill/Pullman Puzzle

A company named Joseph Doyle may be the earliest publisher of this block, and if so, it should be called Snowball. We do know that the LAC published it as Flagstones in 1928 (#514).

Those two sources lead the pack of publishers and books that have presented this block. They include the Chicago Tribune, Farm Journal & Farmer's Wife, Carrie Hall's The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America, Old Fashioned Quilts, Hearth & Home, The Progressive Farmer, Goodspeed, Workbasket 1935, Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts, author/publisher Evelyn Brown, and Mrs. Danner's 5th Quilt Book.

And all that for a pair of 9 patches and a pair of Snowballs.

Tic Tac Toe
Tic Tac Toe
Tile Puzzle

Nancy Page of the Birmingham News is credited with this block, and it was also published that year under the name Tile Puzzle in Hall's The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America.
The Bat
The Bat

The Bat
The Bat's Block/Blue Bell Block

The booklet Prize Winning Designs (1931), an Aunt Martha booklet (1933), and Nancy Cabot (1937) are all cited for this block; in 1940, The Progressive Farmer called it Blue Bell Block.

Flock of Geese
Flock of Geese

Two Little Cedar Tree blocks and two pairs of half-square triangles equal one Flock of Geese, which is a block first published by Ruth Finley in 1929. Click on the graphic to see two whole-quilt mockups of the block.

in Flight

Flamingos in Flight

Nancy Cabot's Chicago Tribune column featured this block in 1938.

Entirely made from Lend & Borrow blocks (also called Rocky Glen), this combination of four smaller blocks makes an interesting diagonal pattern as a whole quilt. To see, just click on the graphic.


Victory, one of Clara Stone's 1906 blocks, is without ancestors or progeny, and it is one of the more interesting and unusual designs we've seen. It doesn't seem to fit a standard grid: We traced the block to arrive at the graphic at left.

The mockups include a red, white, and blue version. Click on the graphic to see it.

King's Crown

King's Crown
John's Favorite/Old King Cole's Crown

King's Crown was actually the second name for this block, which was called John's Favorite in Clara Stone's Practical Needlework (1906). King's Crown is more memorable, it seems to us, so that's what we call it. It was published 22 years after Stone's, in the Ladies Art Company's LAC's 1928 catalog, as No. 516.

The same block was Ruby McKim's brainchild for a 1929 Kansas City Star column. She called it Old King Cole's Crown.

By any name, the block comes into its own when it is placed in groups of four with each block rotated a quarter-block from its neighbors. Click on the graphic to see what we mean.

McKim had a different idea: "Grouped for a quilt top they form a more intricate pattern if the position of every other one is reversed, then set together in a diagonal checkerboard plan with alternating white squares." Her version was in gold, red, and white. We've tried to reproduce her plan in a whole-quilt mockup.