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Cross & Crown blocks

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Cross & Crown

Cross & Crown
Cross & Crown
Signal Design/Signal/Goose Tracks

This block is probably the most familiar of all the Cross & Crown blocks. It is the LAC's #151, published in 1897.

The next time it made print was in Prairie Farmer (1928), followed by the Kansas City Star (1930), The Patchwork Book (1932) and Carrie Hall's The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America (1935).

Cross & Crown

In 1929, a year before the Star published the Cross & Crown block above, it published the variation at left, crediting the design to Eveline Foland. The difference from the LAC's block is a single diagonal line in each corner. Like Cross & Crown, it's laid out on a 10- x 10-square grid.

Fannie's Fan

Duck Paddle

Fannie's Fan
Fanny's Fan, Point & Feathers, Duck Paddle

The great benefit of a plus cross is that it creates a lattice pattern across the quilt top. This block, with its four-diamond corners, makes an exceptionally pretty one. Like most of the blocks on this page, it is laid out on a 10x10 grid.

The block was first published in Finley's Old Patchwork Quilts (1929), but it popped up under Nancy Page's byline as Fanny's Fan in the Birmingham News in 1935. That was followed by Nancy Cabot's Point & Feathers in a 1936 Chicago Tribune.

One more Fanny's Fan block was published in Carrie Hall's 1935 Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America. Hall called the block Duck Paddle, with Fanny's Fan as an alternative name. It looks, to our eyes, identical to Finley's block, and thus based on a 10x10 grid. Beyer's Quilter's Album uses a star grid.

The graphic at left is the one photographed in Hall's book. The photograph showed it on point. The background may have been white; we've pictured it in blue.

The block Hall stitched up for her collection—the block that appears in Havig's Carrie Hall Blocks—is different. Just skip down to "Fanny's Fan" to see it.

Fanny's Fan

Fanny's Fan (Hall)
Fanny's Fan

The Ladies Art Company published Fanny's Fan in its 1895 catalog, according to records collected by Cuesta Benberry, who was possibly the 20th century's most revered quilt historian.

The block at left is in the LAC's recommended colors—at least, as the LAC described them (the background was white). Its original diagram appears to be green and orange as it is posted on The Quilt Index web site, here:

It's interesting to think that the 19th century might have used the same color names as we do for hues that weren't quite the same as ours. But the ink on the LAC's diagram may simply have faded in an odd way.

The Quilt Index includes the original instructions and diagram. We found, however, that the diagram is not quite as precise as the ones that today's quilters use. Click on the "Make It!" icon for a slightly more consistent diagram drawn on a 40-square by 40-square grid. The other, similar blocks of this design are drawn on 10x10 grids.

Carrie Hall also included a Fanny's Fan virtually identical to the LAC's in her quilt-block collection, now in the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University in Lawrenceville, Kansas. Hall's has a white background and a print for the lighter blue. To see the block on the Spencer Museum web site, click here: