I was on a mission this past week to find out the name of this block in a quilt from the depression era. A visitor to my sister site — Patchwork Square — wondered if I knew the name. I did not — and because I like a challenge — I had to find out. (Perhaps this is a “flaw” in my character, but I just have to find the answer to any question that puzzles me.)
In one of my research books — 5,500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone — there it was (although it was a three colour block). It is called Star and Octagon. Now, of course, I had to draft up the pattern for the block and this image is my version.
Next, on to the quilts. This is a simple five patch quilt block featuring only squares and half square triangles (the first quilt patch you will learn to construct when you start as a beginner quiltmaker.)
The original, hand pieced quilt is made as a scrappy version with each block featuring two different colours. I designed my version of the block using three colours as was illustrated in the reference book. This just goes to show you that, as in any quiltmaking project, you are the designer and get to choose a colour scheme and how the blocks will be laid out in your quilt.
In my design samples of the quilt (shown below), I stuck to only the three colours for the whole quilt. I used an on point layout for each of the quilts illustrated, but as you can see, they look very different. Now it is over to you!
Photos of original depression era quilt block and quilt courtesy of Debbie Willhite