August 16 Rising Star. This block was first known as Stars and Squares when it was published by the Ladies Art Company (1897). I’m going with the name, Rising Star given by Ruth Finley in 1929, not only because it is far more evocative, but because it links with this week’s Olympic theme. We’ve seen many a rising star on the sports field. Other names for our block include Double Star (Illinios State Register, 1933) and Rising Star and Square.
nov 9 - AIR CASTLE, Dark Air Castle is one of the early Ladies Art Company blocks ( c. but it was also later published as Towers of Camelot by Nancy Cabot in I love the whimsical names. I’ve included this one to use up some left-overs from October
March 10 Spinner is a block from Nancy Page, first published in the Birmingham News in February It was identified as Brave World, or Forest Paths in the 1945 silver anniversary edition of Farm Journal and Farmer’s Wife though, according to Jinny Beyer.
Apri 20 Electric Fan is the name given to this block in 1906 by Clara Stone in her booklet Practical Needlework: Quilt Patterns. However, it is probably better known by the name given by the Ladies Art Company in 1897 which is Big Dipper. I just love the imagery in the name Electric Fan, and that an electric fan would have been such a new and wonderful device in homes in 1906 .. so this is the name I’ve chosen.
SAWTOOTH VARIATION, 3″, Dark The plain star for this block is called merely Nameless Star (Nancy Cabot), Sawtooth (Farm and Fireside, 1884; Hall, 1935) or Sawtooth Star (Dubois, 1978 or 1979). I have