Quilt Notes: MADISON QUILT BLOCK is illustrated in the 1922 Ladies Art Company catalogue, #477, as above. It was published in Nancy Cabot's quilt column in the Chicago Tribune on October 6, 1937. It can be drafted also on a 10 x 10 grid but here it is lengthened, as per Cabot's illustration, on a 10 x 12, in order to distinguish the hexagon. Maggie Malone's 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS (#4549) and Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS (#250) illustrate the pattern as MADISON QUILT BLOCK, without the tilt to the side, and with credits to Hearth and Home and the Ladies Art Company Catalogue, for its earliest appearance. |
The unusual and more lyrical slant in Cabot's rendering is retained in Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM (#398-8). Note: many blocks are set in diamonds or slanted while retaining the same name: BIRDS IN THE AIR is a good example of innumerable incarnations.
Other dynamic blocks set on the diagonal include:
BLOCK STAR (with STARRY PATH)