Quilt Notes: Also called LIGHTHOUSE BLOCK, one of the most gorgeous tiling patterns in quiltdom, with the octagon somewhat obscured, whilst a whole new quartet of designs emerge in AERIAL BEACON. Its first appearance in print — Nancy Cabot, April, 1938 — attributes its seaside origin to the rocky coasts of Maine.
This illustration (compare with Cabot's newspaper drawing left) is a slight variation as regards the distribution of dark and light. Notice how the beacon, stretches across the coverlet, top to bottom, side to side, demonstrating the amazing depth and reach of this quilt design, and providing the dramatic "aerial view" hinted at in its title. Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA (#2748) pairs it with a similar design called HAWAII, from Hearth and Home, which published from the late 19th c. to the 1930's.
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For quilt blocks with interesting polygons in the tiling pattern, see:
ARROWHEADS (straight-edge circle)
BEAUTIFUL STAR (dodecagon)
BLOCK STAR (irregular dodecagon)
GRANDMA'S SURPRISE (octagon)
JAPANESE FLOWER (irregular dodecagon)
PIGEON TOES (octagon)