Quilt Notes: MOORISH MOSAIC first appeared in print in Nancy Cabot's column on August 26, 1936. Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS has a most fascinating and fun selection of thumbnails illustrating this type of "star made up of many diamonds" (#3794, et al, pp. 457-458).
The Moors were a Muslim culture in Morocco, Spain and France, famous for their intricate mosaics and ornate decoration. Likewise this MOORISH MOSAIC is an exceedingly successful and creatively engaging block (see how beautiful and unusual the tiling pattern below).
In her column, Cabot also added some notes on "splatter prints," she adapted for the block — see the light fabrics with random dots in her illustration, left, a technique which may have been informed by her mother, a dress designer. But note the illustration upper left, the design itself is the splatter print, similar, for instance, to the modern "grunge" or "ink blot" designs. Cabot says:
"Splatter prints were made in one of two ways. Either a paint brush was dipped in coloring matter and allowed to drop not too thickly on white or colored material, or a tin can was filled with dye and holes punched in the top to allow the drops to splatter over the material in the way laundresses used to use an ordinary clothes sprinkler."
Other multi-diamond patterns, at this site, include:
DOVES IN THE WINDOW
A THOUSAND PYRAMIDS