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Eight Pointed Star
Eight Pointed Star

Aside from the missing corners, the Kansas City Star's 1929 Eight Pointed Star's diagram is identical to the Ladies Art Company's Rolling Star and its sister blocks, two of which are from the KCS itself. To see the others, click here:
The curious design, which puts half the center diamonds in one color and the other half in another, is our take on the KCS' drawing, which uses various patterns of crosshatching to indicate color. It may be that all the center diamonds are in a single color. In that case, it looks much like Mother's Favorite Star:

To see Eight Pointed Star as a whole quilt, just click on the block graphic.

Gold Fish
Gold Fish
Fish/Whirligig/Fish Block/ The Fish Quilt/An Airplane Motif/ Trout & Bass/Gold Fish/Fish Circle/Starfish/Bass & Trout/Dove in the Window

It's hard to say what name is most often used for this block, but its first names, in 1906, were Fish and Whirligig.

The colors at left were recommended by the Kansas City Star the second time it published this block, in 1931. The newspaper ran it under 5 different names over the course of 18 years. The quilt-block designer Nancy Cabot called it Trout and Bass Block in 1937.

We'd call it Star Wars, after Ronald Reagan's would-be missile defense system, but we're too late to claim naming privileges.


Cheyenne
Cheyenne

The year 1933 is the earliest definitive date for this block's publication, in the Kansas City Star.

The Star illustrated the block as an octagon rather than a square. That was a tad misleading, because the blocks can only be linked with a) triangles added to the corners to make the block a square, or b) a single on-point square that shares a side with each of 4 octagons, making the design a continuous pattern.

You'll see option B in the whole-quilt mockup; just click on the graphic at left.


IXL block
IXL or I Excel

A Kansas City Star reader from Missouri contributed this 2-color block published in 1936. It is a sister to the square block Spring Beauty, also from the Star.

Like Cheyenne, IXL is linked by on-point square blocks. For a whole-quilt mockup, click on the icon at left. For more on Spring Beauty, click here:

Octagonal Star
Octagonal Star

This octagon is merely a clipped-corner version of the Ladies Art Company's 1897 block #185, Dutch Rose (click here to see Dutch Rose):

Golden Gates
Golden Gates

Another block from the Ladies Art Company catalog of 1897, numbered #117. The finished block, if you used the LAC's pattern, was 24 inches across. The block is laid out on an 18x18 grid.

Western Spy
Western Spy

Clara Stone's curious block is not strictly octagonal because it has corner blocks, but without added corners, all of our octagonal-block quilts would be full of holes. The block was published in Stone's 1906 booklet Practical Needlework.

Western Spy looks lovely as a full quilt. It has the look of of a round design, but there is not a single curved seam. Take a look at the mockup by clicking on the graphic at left.