by Lyubov Popova (1918)
This Nine-Patch block has two names, both architectonic, TOWERS OF CAMELOT and AIR CASTLE(S). Building "castles in the air" refers of course to daydreams. Camelot is a castle and court associated with the legendary King Arthur — see in depth article on "Camelot" at Wikipedia. Interestingly both names refer to towering structures associated with fiction or fantasy. The design made its debut in the Ladies Art Company Catalogue in 1897 (#101), and later published by Nancy Cabot.
TOWERS OF CAMELOT assembles itself into an amazing tiling pattern, very unexpected perhaps because of its routine nine-patch assembly. The overlapping criss-cross in the center, however, throws off any humdrum 3 x 3 symmetry, see below.
The color selections for these illustrations were inspired by a painting by the Russian artist, Lyubov Popova (1889-1924), from a work in her constructivist "Painterly Architectonics" series (illustrated left). See Wikipedia also for more on her life and art works.
For more quilt design color schemes adapted from paintings by early 20th century or modernist women artists, see:
ANTIQUE TILE BLOCK (O'Keeffe)
ON THE SQUARE (Delaunay)
CITY STREETS (O'Keeffe)
GREEN RIVER (O'Keeffe)
PATCHWORK PINES (O'Keeffe)
FANCY STRIPE (Stolzfus, Amish)
SUNSHINE AND STAINED GLASS (Delaunay)
STAR LANE (Delaunay)
FLOWERING NINE PATCH (O'Keeffe)