MOSS ROSE first appeared in print in The Chicago Daily Tribune, July 27, 1936, as illustrated left. In the accompanying article, Nancy Cabot states the following:
"The reward of a bit of pickup quilt work lies not only in the pleasure of making, but in the joy of possession. Well adapted for such purposes is this comparatively new conventional design which is a combination of pieced and applique blocks. The blooms, indicated by the [small] rose applique patches, are set together before the squares and triangles are pieced to complete the design."
The block is included in Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, p. 172-6, same year, but with a slight difference in the dating of the month. The date given here is copied from the ProQuest Historical Newspapers archive.
More quilt designs with rose and other flower abstractions would include, for example: