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What differs in these blocks is a) what's in the middle square and b) whether the block is off- or on-point.

Delectable
Mountains
Delectable Mountains

One of the blocks collected by quilt researcher Carrie Hall, this design was published in Bettina Havig's Carrie Hall Blocks (American Quilter's Society, 1999).

Delectable
Mountains

Delectable Mountains

An on-point version of King Solomon's Temple, below, this block by Nancy Cabot was in the Chicago Tribune in 1933.


King Solomon's
Temple
King Solomon's Temple
Solomon's Temple

From Clara Stone's Practical Needlework (1906), republished by the Kansas City Star as Solomon's Temple in 1936 and 1955.

Sunshine

Sunshine

Another 2-color Ladies Art Company block from 1897 (#121), Sunshine was redesigned in 3 colors by Nancy Cabot of the Chicago Tribune in 1934 and again, with 2 seams crossing in the center, in 1936.

The Delectable Mountains

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Why six points?

Five of the six blocks named "Delectable Mountains" have six sawtooth points per segment.

The points correspond to six mountain peaks in John Bunyan's 1678 novel "The Pilgrim's Progress," which was basically a how-to guide to the Christian life. 

When pilgrims escaping the City of Confusion reach the Delectable Mountains, a shepherd lets them use a "glass" (telescope) with which they can see their destination, the Celestial City.
 
In a pioneer family's must-have book list, Pilgrim's Progress typically ranked just behind the Bible.