Based on a traditional native American blanket design, this version of NAVAJO first appeared in Nancy Cabot's column in the Chicago Tribune in September 1935 (see Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, #123-4, with a slight variation) and illustrated left. |
Beyer's ALBUM includes the block as a pieced pattern (see with full grid). However, Cabot claimed it also as an applique design. In her notes she says:
"NAVAJO is a reproduction of one of many Indian quilt designs. This pattern is an easy one to applique, but care and patience must be exercised when one is turning the corners. It is this type of quilt which is ideal for summer homes furnished in the rustic manner [...]. The blocks may be all of the same color or each block may be different."
This is the second of two designs by the same name, from Cabot, see the earlier block. NAVAJO (1), with lots of native American design links, also Barbara Brackman (#2847) and Jinny Beyer (#109-8).