Quilt Notes: OLD FASHIONED PIECED BLOCK was illustrated in Nancy Cabot's Chicago Tribune quilt column in the spring of 1935. It lends itself to a wide array of crosshatch and diamond-shaped fabric motifs, along with pastels and spring colors. The small diamonds can continue throughout the four X squares, or according to Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS (#2790), they might also be appliquéd, which certainly appears to be the case in Cabot's illustration. That the block is name "Pieced" is odd however, perhaps encouraging a diamond assembly, as illustrated above left.
Cabot suggests lots of variety and liberal use of the scrap bag for this block. Three different versions are offered here, two above and a slight change in color and size in the tiling pattern below.