Quilt Notes: Nancy Cabot noted that VARIABLE STAR is a quilt block that "lives up to its name," because there are so many variations of this very basic pattern in quiltdom. And certainly MIDNIGHT STAR would count among them. The only departure is the "X" division in the center of the inner diamond, rather than a square, as illustrated by Cabot left, and published in 1933 in the Chicago Tribune. If instead of an X it were to be divided by a perpendicular and horizantal, the pattern would then "shape-shift" into COUNTRY FARM.
This version of MIDNIGHT STAR, because of the bright sections descending down through the center, does seem to resonate with starlight. It is included in the "Nine-Patch" section of Maggie Malone's 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS, #218, p.25, but without a source reference, and therefore possibly unique to her compendium — at least the pattern does not seem to be included in the other major design collections.
Related celestial quilt themes at this site include:
SWALLOWS ON A STAR
STAR OF THE WEST