This version of YANKEE CHARM was first published in Nancy Cabot's quilt column in the Chicago Tribune, on July 29, l933, as illustrated left. See also Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, P.112-1. It is likewise included in Barbara Backman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED PATTERNS, #2115, in her "Unequal Nine Patch" section, and can be found as well in most of the other compendiums.
Cabot's brief comments suggest that the Yankee design might derive from the American Revolutionary War period (1775–1783) — the simplicity of the pattern does seem colonial — and thus she states the following in her notes:
"Wonder whether some...northerners gave this quilt pattern its name back in revolutionary days? At any rate, it is a charming design and makes a strikingly effective quilt if pieced with bright but harmonious colors."
Compare the boxiness of this pattern with, for instance:
PUSS IN THE CORNER
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