FIVE CROSSES debuted in Nancy Cabot's quilt column in the Chicago Tribune on November 15, 1935 (see illustration left). The joy of autumn colors may have come to mind as she wrote the following comments — the block having itself a virtual festival of many different, brilliant hues. See the tiling below. Cabot comments:
"Here is a most unusual pieced block. It combines five colors, four in the pastel shades and the one in a strong color as an accent. The design is used in an all-over pieced quilt, and by setting block to block 'Five Crosses' are visisble where only one is discernible in a single pattern. For example, orange squares are placed on a blue cross, red squares on a green one, green on red, lavender on yellow and yellow on lavender."
FIVE CROSSES is beautifully illustrated (with a wonderfully realistic autumn palette) in Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, p.206.
Compare with color combinations in these and other designs at this site:
SQUARES UPON SQUARES
ON THE SQUARE