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Square & Star
Square & Star
Godey's Ladies Book Block/Joseph's Coat/Squares & Triangles

Square & Star, No. 263 of the Ladies Art Company catalog of 1897, is based on an 8x8 grid.

Yet the LAC offered a pattern for the block that, when finished, was 13 inches.
Why pick such a nutty size? Each piece would be 162.5 percent larger than they would be if the finished block were 8 inches by 8.

There must be a reason, because the LAC patterns were quite often offered in 13 -- and 9 -- inches. It's one of quilting's little mysteries.

Modern Star


Star of Many Points
(Cabot)
Modern Star
Star of Many Points/David & Goliath/Doe & Darts/Four Darts

First published in a Grandma Dexter booklet (#36A) around 1931, Modern Star had a large offset square in the center and four chevron darts made from scrap prints.

We haven't seen instructions for this block on the Web. Our "Make It!" icon links to a page with our diagrams for both these blocks. Lest you wonder, they're based on a 5x5 grid.


Star of Many Points
David & Goliath/Doe & Darts/Four Darts

Nancy Cabot published a variation of Modern Star in 1936 with a different color scheme and gave it many of the same names as Finley's Doe & Darts:

 
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Doe & Darts (Finley)

What's different? Cabot's Star of Many Points alternates two colors for every piece not in the background color. Cabot dated Star of Many Points to 1782. She didn't give any sources, but 1782 is nevertheless cited for every Doe & Darts variation in sight.

Note: Cabot presented two blocks called Star of Many Points. We have yet to post the other.

Sandhills Star

Sandhills Star

The Kansas City Star published this block in 1939. The block within the star is a 4-square checkerboard—in quiltspeak, a 4-patch.

The Sandhills (or Sand Hills) is a giant patch of land that early 20th-century homesteaders found too sandy to farm but not too sandy for grazing cattle. The region makes up a quarter of Nebraska, which was home to the KCS reader who sent this block to the newspaper.

Art Square block
Art Square

Art Square
Village Square/Dottie's Choice

While the Ladies Art Company published Art Square in 1897 (#324), it was as Village Square that Nancy Cabot introduced this block in a 1937 Chicago Tribune. Farm Journal & Farmer's Wife called it Dottie's Choice in 1945; and finally, Doris Hinson named it Four Square in her 1973 book A Quilter's Companion.


Fort Sumpter
Fort Sumpter [sic]
Fort Sumter

The Civil War began at Fort Sumter, but quilt-block designer Nancy Cabot added a "p" when the block was published in the Chicago Tribune in 1937.

We quilters are such good girls that we have preserved that errant "p" in every re-publication of the block for 75 years and counting, with "[sic]" added so nobody thinks it was us who goofed.

Perhaps we should ask the President to proclaim that it's finally okay to spell the name so it matches Civil War history. No less an authority would do.

Four 4 Time
Four Four Time

Four Four Time is named for a musical term that spells out the beat in a melody; it means that every fourth beat is a little bit louder than the other three. The block was in Farm Journal and Farmer's Wife around 1941, according to Jinny Beyer's Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns.