Quilt Notes: Nancy Cabot's "Eureka" (meaning the sudden, unexpected realization of the solution to a problem) debuted in the Chicago Tribune on November 12, 1937. As illustrated left, here is the pattern with the original newspaper headline intact, a very complex quilt design absolutely demanding ingenuity, color and diverse fabric design decisions. EUREKA is illustrated in Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, p.97-11 (pieced entirely in solid fabrics). See also Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS, p.416-8. Cabot's own notes state the following:
"EUREKA is one of those fascinating patterns which allow the display of all possible ingenuity in color and design. A combination of printed, striped, and plain materials produces a most handsome coverlet. Diamonds, triangles, and rectangles all aid in its makeup. The finished square measures 16 inches, and only twenty blocks are required for a complete coverlet. These squares are set together with four inch bands of white, and surrounded by a seven inch border and a one-half inch bias binding."
The interior eight-point star in EUREKA has many other incarnations in quilt designs, but compare for example at this site with:
SWALLOWS ON A STAR
DOVES IN THE WINDOW