Quilt Notes: CHICAGO STAR debuted in the late 19th century in the Ladies Art Company Catalogue, listed as #22. The same block was included by Carrie Hall in her early 20th c. compendium — see CARRIE HALL BLOCKS (with pattern templates) by Bettina Havig (pub. 1999). Finally Nancy Page included the design in her syndicated column on April 23, 1940 (as illustrated left).
Since the pattern is named as a star, we might imagine the action in the city as taking place at night, and therefore brightened by street lamps, the glow of headlights, and along with the special razzle-dazzle of city lights, including theater marques, restaurants, billboards, and storefront window displays, all decorated and lit up beautifully, and so forth.
A sampling of American place name designs at this site includes:
ROAD TO TENNESSEE
ROCKY ROAD TO KANSAS
TONGANOXIE NINE PATCH