Quilt Notes: this ART SQUARE block appeared in Nancy Cabot's Chicago Tribune column on July 9, 1934. Also called VILLAGE SQUARE illustrated again by Cabot on July 13, 1937, the two names brings to mind Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, in New York City, where there are many festivals, which allow artists to set up booths to sell their work. The original (traced back to the 1906 Ladies Art Company Catalogue, #324) uses the same light color in all four corners, but also in the center diamond: the older version is illustrated in Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS (#2403).
If this is one of the easiest geometric blocks to draft on a grid, compare BEAUTIFUL STAR and GRANDMA'S SURPRISE as two of the more complicated.
For more designs at this site easy to draft (or piece) and magnificent to behold, see:
ARRANGEMENT OF SMALL PIECES
BIRDS IN THE AIR
CENTURY OF PROGRESS
A THOUSAND PYRAMIDS
SQUARES UPON SQUARES
AUNT PATSY'S PET