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Four Squares

Four Squares

The complexity of this 8 square by 8 square block by Nancy Cabot (Chicago Tribune, 1937, per Beyer's Quilter's Album) tends to disguise the fact that it is really 2 each of 2 smaller blocks:

Checkerboard in a checkerboard:
"9 patch" block:

The 9 patch block, which is based on a 4 x 4 square grid (and thus is not a "9-patch" at all), is covered here:

Double Hour Glass

Contrary Wife Quilt

Double Hour Glass
Attic Window/Contrary Wife Quilt/Road to California

Nancy Cabot's name for this block, Double Hour Glass, is from 1933, and is the earliest name we've seen for blocks using this layout:

The 4 blocks made from it are all slightly different, and we've seen the original of only 1 block, the Contrary Wife Quilt.

The rest of our block variations are from Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. Color arrangements put 2 of those blocks, Attic Window and Road to California (Gutcheon, 1973) in an entirely different section, the 1-way diagonals section. Click here for more information:

The Tail of
Benjamin's Kite

Tail of Benjamin's Kite
Jacob's Ladder/Trail of the Covered Wagon

This variation is from Yvonne Khin's Collector's Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns, as are the 2 alternate names. Click here for another variation, more often known as the Trail of the Covered Wagon, that we've put in the Jacob's Ladder section:

Road to Oklahoma

Road to Oklahoma (Cabot)

Arkansas Cross Roads

Crockett Cabin Quilt

Road to Oklahoma

We've reversed the light and dark colors to show the seams in this unusual, asymmetric block from the Ladies Art Company (1897, #239). The whole-quilt mockup shows the original color scheme.

The Kansas City Star liked the block so much that it published the two-color version three times, in 1929, 1947, and 1956. The Star also used the name for two other, entirely different blocks. To see them, click here: and here:

Road to Oklahoma

Nancy Cabot's Road to Oklahoma block of 1937 Chicago Tribune looks identical to the Ladies Art Company's, but the basic block is the same as that of Arkansas Cross Roads, below. We've posted a diagram of Cabot's block. Click on the violet "Make It!" icon to go there.

Arkansas Cross Roads

Winged Four Patch

The appealing 4-color block at left was in the Kansas City Star in 1941.

Oddly, Arkansas Cross Roads makes no use at all of the seams that create bowties in two quarters of the block.

The instructions you'll go to when you click the "Make It!" icon leaves those seams out entirely. If you'd like to play with the colors for those bowties, use the Road to Oklahoma diagram (see the violet "Make It!" icon above).

The Star published a similar block, The Winged Four Patch, in 1952. It is in our Irish Cousins section. Click this small icon to see it:

Crockett Cabin Quilt

Road to Oklahoma/Road to California

The bowtie seams are put to much better use in this block, which is known by a relatively recent name, Crockett Cabin Quilt. The earliest cite we've seen for the name is Wood's The Practical Encyclopedia of Sewing (1999). The block is also called Road to California on the web site quilterscache.com. We're not sure of the origin of that name.

The name Road to Oklahoma predates both names by 25 years or more (1972, in Martha Marshall's Quilts of Appalachia, per Brackman).

Our graphic takes its color cues from Maggie Malone's 5,500 Quilt Block Designs (2003). We've also seen it with the bowties in a third color.

Click on a block to see whole-quilt mockups.

The Squares Within Squares (Beyer)

The Squares Within Squares
The Squares Within Squares
Squares Within Squares

Another block credited to Nancy Cabot of the Chicago Tribune, this block was published in 1936.

We haven't seen the original block, so we include both versions that we've seen with this name. One is from Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Blocks; the other is from Jinny Beyer's Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns.

The "Make It!" icon links to a slightly simplified variation of Brackman's version; in it, the center square is a single block.

Pussy in the Corner

Puss in the Corner
Pussy in the Corner

Pussy in the Corner first appeared in a Grandmother Clark booklet published ca. 1931-1932 and again in the Kansas City Star in 1949. The block at left is based on the Kansas City Star version, which specified a print for the large light blocks.

Puss in the Corner

In 1938, a larger version of the block appeared in Nancy Cabot's Chicago Tribune column as Puss in the Corner. In the illustration, the small medium-pink piece was inset into the light-pink piece without seams.