THELMA'S CHOICE (Piecing Grid)
THELMA'S CHOICE is a "moon" type pattern, similar to other lunar like designs, such as JUPITER'S MOONS, or HALF MOON and NEW MOON. But it is rare to have small insets of checkerboards in combination with the semi-circles, a detail which makes this pattern delightfully unique, and thus seemingly more individual as Thelma's choice.
The block debuted in print as a Carrie Hall block in the early 1930's ROMANCE OF THE PATCHWORK QUILT (illustrated with a diamond set), p.80. As mentioned elsewhere at this site, designs with women's names indicating their choice, or delight, or favorite, date back to the women's suffrage movement, echoing a time of protest by women, demanding not only the right to vote and own property, but generally to make their own choices and dictate their preferences, for instance:
AUNT ELIZA'S STAR
AUNT PATSY'S PET
Jinny Beyer lists this block (see p. 336) in her section called "Grids of Squares with Curved Elements." An interesting category, it includes a number of surprisingly diverse examples, like MERRY GO ROUND, or SQUARE AND COMPASS, etc.
Also have a look at THREE PATCH for a complete list of patterns with curved elements at this site, including, for example:
ROSE CHARM and
FAIR PLAY and