Quilt Notes: Maggie Malone's full color 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS (#2552) (highly recommended, see bibliography) lists the original STARRY PAVEMENT, on which this variation is based, as OCS, that is, the mail order company, begun in 1933, whose address was the Old Chelsea Station post office in New York City (still existent and in use). Jinny Beyer's version (p.324-6) is slightly different, but the extra space in the center here is helpful (see tiling below). Brackman's version (#3074) is similar to Beyer's but more compressed. The name and basic design is attributed to Laura Wheeler, one of several pseudonyms used by OCS.
One nice thing about STARRY PAVEMENT is that no one else ever thought to create a quilt pattern by this name!! There is a STARRY PATH pattern, but "pavement," is something else entirely, so surprisingly concrete for something in the heavens. But that's delightfully refreshing really to have a title so strange and unique — the block itself is quite challenging too, difficulty level, and with a 44 x 44 grid = "very complicated" indeed. But so what, the design is utterly engaging, and it has a delightful sense of humor really in not pretending to be easy or simple.
The next thought, though, is what does STARRY PAVEMENT mean? The most obvious answer might be that the night sky is "paved with stars," perhaps reminiscent of something like Van Gogh's famous painting, "Starry Night"? Or we might guess that some ancient brick layer invented a marvelous design laid into the pavement of an old Roman road, which then was sketched and borrowed for a quilt block. But maybe a more abstract meaning would suggest that our dreams are being walked as we live them. Yes, how marvelous, so let's go forward with it as the deepest meaning.
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