Quilt Notes: BRACED STAR first appeared in print in the 1922 version of the Ladies Art Company Catalogue, #486. There is also an earlier, dark and light variation called FRIENDSHIP STAR, see Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS, #2833.
Nancy Page (aka Florence LaGanke) included this design in her syndicated column on April 16, 1940. In her notes, Page suggested possibly setting the design on the diagonal, (or even better, maybe simply alternate colors on the diagonal of the brace, and add a print with movement in the center, see illustration left). All these adjustments are suggested in order to offset the weight of the squares in the corners, which are unusually large and heavy, and rather "bracing" (see tiling below).
For more boxey designs at the site, and with equally intense color combinations, compare with:
ON THE SQUARE
LIGHTS AND SHADOWS
CENTURY OF PROGRESS
SQUARES UPON SQUARES