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Other small center square blocks

"Other" small center square blocks are usually drawn up on block grids of at least 5 blocks by 5 (otherwise the center isn't small) or on star grids, such as the one at right.
Still others are 8-patches (8x8 grids) that use the center four pieces as a single square. Below, click on the left-column graphic of a block to see its whole-quilt mockup.

Fanny's Favorite
Fanny's Favorite

Fanny's Favorite is the Ladies Art Company's block #464, meaning that it was published in the 20th century, most likely in the 1920s. It is an eight-patch.

Click on a graphic to see a whole-quilt mockup.

Hull's Victory


Temple Court

Hull's Victory

This eight-patch block is #73 in Clara Stone's 1906 Practical Needlework.

The name is probably much older. Isaac Hull was captain of the Navy ship U.S.S. Constitution. In 1812 the Constitution won a sea battle against a British frigate named GuerriƩre. In 20 minutes of furious cannon fire, the Constitution's 21-inch-thick hull kept it afloat while it dismasted and destroyed the British ship. You could say that the victorious hull was the ship's.

The U.S. Navy was so new and the British Navy so formidable that Americans were delighted, inspired in a difficult time. They nicknamed the ship "Old Ironsides." They also came up with a contra dance named "Hull's Victory" and a tune called the "Constitution Hornpipe."

The Constitution is afloat to this day in Boston Harbor. It was last under sail on August 12, 2012, the 200th anniversary of her victory over GuerriƩre. Contra dance societies danced "Hull's Victory" to celebrate.


Temple Court

Almost identical to Hull's Victory is the block Temple Court, from a 1973 Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, according to Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.

Unlike Hull's Victory, Temple Court's center square is dark and the triangles on the center square's sides are light.

Both blocks can be made with the instructions you'll find when you click on either "Make It!" icon above. The blue links to Hull's Victory instructions on an external site; the lavender links to a diagram on our site that could be used for either.


Leap Frog
Leap Frog

There are other Leap Frog blocks. The Ladies Art Company published this one in 1897. It's based on a 5x5 grid.

Jackson Star


Four Stars Patchwork


Old Maid's Patience

Jackson Star
Four Stars Patchwork/Four Stars/The Four Stars/Jackson's Star/Cactus

The difference between all the Jackson Star-style blocks is minor—they have different arrangements of colors. Jackson Star blocks are drawn on a star grid.

We've called the block Jackson Star (Kansas City Star, 1933) instead of Four Stars Patchwork (Ladies Art Company, 1897) because the later name is far more distinctive. The coloring is more distinctive too. Four Stars Patchwork is also shown at left.

Marti Mitchell, a well-known quilting designer and teacher, calls a similar block "Cactus." We're not entirely sure whether Cactus is more like a Jackson Star or more like an Old Maid's Patience (below).


Old Maid's Patience

Old Maid's Patience is an eight-patch block. If you look closely at the center square, you'll see that it is slightly smaller than the center of Four Stars Patchwork. Four Stars Patchwork is drawn up on a star grid, which is more complicated than a block drawn on a simple grid of squares.

Click on a block at left to see whole-quilt mockups.


Crow's Foot
(LAC)


Crow's Foot
(3-color)
Crow's Foot
Arrow Heads/Crowfoot

The inimitable Jinny Beyer, author of Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns (2009), tells us that this Ladies Art Company pattern from 1897 (#118 in their catalog), was published as Arrow Heads in a 1935 Nancy Page column and Crowfoot in a 1937 Nancy Cabot column.

Like most LAC blocks, Crow's Foot was published in just two colors, and we've reproduced the placement of dark and light colors in the graphic at upper left.

It seems to us that the true charm of the block requires three or more colors. We can't resist showing you.

In fact, the ladies who made these blocks could bring out the nuances simply by choosing dark and light scraps of different colors.

Crow's Foot is an eight-patch block.