Quilt Notes: Also called THE SPINNER (with light and dark reversed), this design was first published by Nancy Page in the Birmingham News in 1935.
As BRAVE WORLD it is illustrated in Pat Spaeth's MORE NICKEL QUILTS, (bordered set) with instructions and templates (2004). Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS traces the pattern back to the (still published) "Farm Journal," where it appeared in the mid-1940's, at the end of the second World War.
The design's courage may be its gentleness, symbolized upper right by fans, yellow blossoms and bamboo. Pinwheel spinners in gardens are often shaped like dragonflies. There are also Mayflies called "spinners."
FARM JOURNAL, 1946