Quilt Notes: Nancy Cabot does not always encourage the tiling of quilt patterns. In fact she has on occasion suggested that the overall repeat negates the uniqueness of a design. On the other hand, at times she seems to delight in that very fact, just because the changes in the repeat often recombine geometrically in such unexpected and delightful ways. And thus, although the design may indeed change radically, we also discover brand new patterns in the process. Overall designs always come alive when the full quilt is made.|
As regards STAR AND ARROW, it is constructed out of a mind-boggling geometry (enhanced here by striped fabrics, as shown in Cabot's illustration, left) — so beautiful to begin with, and then the new designs created by the repeat are equally scintillating, wonderfully complex: see tiling below!!
Cabot's reflection in the Chicago Tribune on February 20, 1937:
"For the many women who have pieced the various star patterns, and preferred that type of pattern to any other, an unusual variation of the pattern today in STAR AND ARROW. The arrowheads form a distinctly novel combination, since they are not often used in quilt patterns. The block is made of a combination of printed and plain materials and is set together, block to block to form an all-over design."
More star-name designs at this site include:
STAR OF THE WEST