Quilt Notes: This version of the NO NAME STAR, also referred to simply as NO NAME, or NO NAME QUILT, is illustrated in Rhoda Ochser Goldberg's QUILTING AND PATCHWORK DICTIONARY, 1988 as a four-patch design (see left). It first appeared in print in the Ladies Art Company Catalogue, published in the late 19th century.
Compare also with NAMELESS STAR at this site.
But there are many other, quite different designs out there using these same titles each quilt block collection consulted for this page wonderfully displayed a different pattern. In this case, the "No Name" title probably refers to the diagonal bands, which would usually have family names, or the names of the quilters, sewn in. Notice the secondary pattern in this version of the block (scroll down to see the tiling) it exhibits a MAYFLOWER BLOCK with a square in the center.
A lovely poem about a star without a name by Emily Dickinson says:
Lightly stepped a yellow star
To its lofty place,
Loosed the Moon her silver hat
From her lustral face.
All of evening softly lit
As an astral hall
Father, I observed to Heaven,
You are punctual.
(from Emily Dickinson's Nature Mysticism)