FOOL'S PUZZLE was offered by Nancy Cabot (Loretta Leitner Rising) in the August 26, 1934 Chicago Daily Tribune, where it is traced back to Ohio, 1850. It appeared in the Ladies Art Company Catalogue in the late 19th century, #29. It is illustrated in the reprint of CARRIE HALL BLOCKS, edited by Bettina Havig, but without templates. This version is a variation in that the background is dark instead of light, but it seemed to give the block more of a "foolish" feeling, almost stage like, for a court jester, or puppet show perhaps.
This is one of a number of "drunkard's path" designs (it is said, God watches over "drunks and fools") included in this archive, most of which employ the same repeated quarter-circle, illustrated left. Full quilt PDF piecing instructions are available online at Marti Michell Quilt Templates.