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Burgoyne Surrounded and Burgoyne's Surrender once had a patriotic resonance that is now lost, along with our memories of the turning point in the War of Independence that inspired the block's name: In 1777, in the Battles of Saratoga, the British General Burgoyne and his troops were surrounded in Albany, New York and forced to surrender. It's believed that the block was designed about two centuries ago.


Burgoyne
Surrounded

Burgoyne Surrounded

The block at left is what all the Burgoyne designs have in common: the cloverleaf of four 4-square blocks, the ragged circle with four 9-patch checkerboards, and the diagonal rows of small squares leading into the corners.

It's from Carrie Hall Blocks by Bettina Havig.

Click on the icon at left to see a whole-quilt mockup.


Burgoyne
Surrounded


Burgoyne
Surrounded
Burgoyne Surrounded
Burgoyne's Surrender/Wheel of Fortune/The Road to California

The block at left is from Yvonne Khin's The Collector's Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns. Khin cites The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America (1935), dating the first two names to the early 19th century and Wheel of Fortune to about 1850.

Khin drew up the design off-center, as it is at left. The line of patches in the corners number four squares in three of the corners and five squares in the fourth (lower left) corner. To see the result, click on an icon.

Burgoyne's
Surrender
Burgoyne's Surrender

Nancy Cabot presented this block, the only block with Burgoyne's Surrender as its sole name, in the Chicago Tribune in 1933. As it is reconstructed in Jinny Beyer's Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns, each of the large squares in the corners (each patch of the 9-patches) is half again the size of the squares that make up the rest of the design. It makes for an interesting whole-quilt design. Click on the icon to see.

Beautiful Mosaic
Beautiful Mosaic

It wasn't billed as a variation of Burgoyne Surrounded, but the resemblance of this Farm Journal block to the other Burgoyne blocks earns it a spot on this page. It appeared in the booklet "Farm Journal Quilt Patterns Old and New" under the byline Mabel Hoffecker Collins. The booklet's name suggests it was published before 1935, when Farm Journal merged with Farmer's Wife. It was also published in Farm Journal in 1937.