An alternate PATIENCE CORNER(S) illustrated above (the simpler 1890s version is available here). This one another variation published by Nancy Cabot (March, 1934), playfully and ingeniously, pieced with a different fabric for each major section of the design, and providing a bit of a scrap quilt. She calls her version "Versatile" in the headline for her Chicago Tribune article, an aspect of the block, perhaps, requiring patience. Rhoda Ochser Goldberg's QUILTING AND PATCHWORK DICTIONARY shows off five gorgeous variations of PATIENCE CORNER(S), along with two PATIENCE NINE-PATCH blocks, pp. 192-194.
In her famous OLD PATCHWORK QUILTS AND THE WOMEN WHO MADE THEM (1929), Ruth E. Finley reproduces and pays homage to this "ancient" design (p. 89), with a truly inspired diamond pedigree:
"Costumes of the medieval ages show the diamond-shaped patch employed as a decoration or trimming. Especially men's doublets, those close fitting skirt-like garments that remained in fashion even to the end of the seventeenth century, often were embellished around the bottom edge with an appliquéd pattern of diamonds. This design and method of trim for clothing, made familiar to modern eyes in the costuming of many of Shakespeare's characters, may very well be responsible for the fact that the diamond, one of the three most common patches in pieced quilts after 1750, first appeared in American patchwork in the form of appliqué. Among the earliest pieced diamond quilts is a combination of diamonds and squares known as 'Patience Corners.'"|
For more digital multi-scrap quilt designs at this site, see:
BIRDS IN THE AIR,
OLD MAID'S RAMBLER, also
SHIFTING CUBES and
DANCING CUBES. Compare with (A) THOUSAND PYRAMIDS.