Quilt Notes: Nancy Page (aka Florence La Ganke) published WINGED ARROW in her syndicated column on February 15, 1933 (see clipping illustrated left from The Hartford Courant, via ProQuest Historical Newspapers). The pattern evokes a number of similar quilt designs under other names, though none identical. See Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, pg. 68, and also Barbara Brackman, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT QUILT PATTERNS, pg. 315. The name is so well chosen, it would seem obvious, but for the record, Nancy Page, in her comments, explains her reasons for the title, she says:
"Here is a quilt which may be made into an all over pattern or into a block with stripes of white between. I have called this design the Winged Arrow because each block has four arrow heads which are winging their ways in four different directions."
"Winged arrows" are the ones with "feathers" to help them speed through the air. The four directions, mentioned by Nancy Page, align with the the Four Winds, each with its own name, including the Zephyrus, or WEST WIND, a magnificent quilt pattern:
(1) Boreas (Aquilo) the north wind, bringer of cold winter air;
(2) Notus (Auster) the south wind, bringer of the storms of late summer and autumn;
(3) Zephyrus the west wind, bringer of light spring and early summer breezes;
(4) and Eurus (Favonius) the east wind.
Although the arrows truly are going in different directions, at the same time, in this design, they are all following each other. The irony is perfect. Comparable diamond-centered patterns at this site include:
NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR
OLD FASHIONED PIECED BLOCK
TOAD IN A PUDDLE
AUNT ELIZA'S STAR