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Dublin Chain

Dublin Chain
Dublin Square/Rocky Road to Dublin

This block and its names are all from a 1938 Chicago Tribune, and were the creation of designer Nancy Cabot. The colors in our graphic are based on Yvonne Khin's Collector's Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns.


The Winged Four Patch
The Winged Four Patch

The Kansas City Star's 1952 block called The Winged Four Patch could be considered a Sawtooth variation if not for the strong diagonals it creates in a whole quilt. Shown with the Star's colors, the block at left should be all prints except for the pieces in dark pink and white. Click to see a whole-quilt mockup.

Criss Cross
Criss Cross
Single Irish Chain

In a group, this block turns out to be something other than a classic Irish Chain, despite the name under which it was published in 1939. The block was presented twice by designer Nancy Page, the first time in 1933 as Criss Cross.


Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania
The Simple Cross/Easy Four Patch

This block from Nancy Page (Florence La Ganke) was published in the Birmingham News in 1936.

The block goes by a few other names, including The Simple Cross (from a 1972 book, Quilts of Appalachia, by Martha Marshall) and Easy Four Patch (Laura Wheeler, 1967). We thank Barbara Brackman for the former and Jinny Beyer for the latter.

Then there are 2 more names when the block is set with alternating plain squares: Criss Cross Quilt (Nancy Cabot, 1933) and Single Irish Chain (Nancy Page).


Nine Patch


Sheep Fold


Puss in the Corner

Nine Patch

This design came to light in 1929, in Finley's Old Patchwork Quilts. It is not a 9-patch at all; it is drawn on a 4x4 grid, not the 3x3 grid that defines a 9 patch. In addition, it creates a plain checkerboard when it is set in groups.

A mix of colors can bring out the block's possibilities, but the quilt Finley found with this block had an entirely different setting. We show several settings of the block in the mockups that you'll when you click on a graphic at left.


Sheep Fold

A combination of Nine Patch and alternating square blocks, Sheep Fold was first published in Carrie Hall's The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America in 1935.


Puss in the Corner

This Puss in the Corner is a grouping of Nine Patch blocks that Marie Webster published in 1915 in Quilts, which is said to be the earliest book of prose specifically about quilting.

In a quilt made about 1855, five Nine Patch blocks are joined in a single block, turned on point, and then set alternating with plain blocks. The result is a whispery, spare design with room for beautiful quilting in the plain blocks.


Sarah's Favorite


Sara's Favorite

Sarah's Favorite

As much as everyone loves the Ladies Art Company, it's pretty clear that the illustrator goofed on the block colors for Sarah's Favorite. Both Carrie Hall and Nancy Cabot corrected it (below).

Sara's Favorite
Sally's Favorite

Carrie Hall's version of an Irish Cousin, Sara's Favorite, came along in 1935. We'd guess that Hall's version is simply a corrected Sarah's Favorite. That would explain the name.

We hear that Nancy Cabot called the same block Sally's Favorite in 1934, but we have not seen an original.

To see whole-quilt mockups, click on the graphic for either block.