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Chevron Stars


From Doe & Darts to Wedding Bouquet, these stars' points are made from pairs of elongated diamonds that create chevron shapes.

 

Doe & Darts
Doe & Darts
Sandhills Star
Modern Star
Star of Many Points
Merry Kite
Wedding Bouquet
Wyoming Valley
V Block
V Block
Swing in the Center LAC
Swing in the Center Finley
Swing in the Center Wheeler
See also:
Cross & Crown blocks
Fannie's Fan
ks

Doe & Darts

Doe & Darts
Finley
1929
David & Goliath/The Four Darts/The Bull's Eye/Flying Darts/Bull's Eye

While Doe & Darts is the name most familiar to quilters nowadays, it was the last on Ruth Finley's list for this block in her 1929 book Old Patchwork Quilts. Her preferred name was David & Goliath. We understand that Nancy Cabot also called it Bull's Eye in the Chicago Tribune in 1933.

The proportions of Doe & Darts vary depending on who drafts it. Doe & Dart patterns on the Web are drawn on a 10x10 grid. Most are inaccurately credited to Finley. Our "Make It!" icon above links to our diagram of Finley's block; the Make It! icon below links to instructions for the Web variation.
Doe & Darts (Finley)

Doe & Darts

Doe & Darts

Web, unattributed
David & Goliath/Katie's Favorite

Although it has been attributed to Finley, this version of Doe & Darts got its name elsewhere. It seems to be the only version of Doe & Darts on the Web.

Often, Doe & Darts is said to date back to 1782. That information came from Nancy Cabot's description of Star of Many Points, below. Since Cabot offered no sources, we don't know what to say about that.

Nancy Page called it David & Goliath in 1935 and Katie's Favorite in 1943, according to Beyer's Quilter's Album. This version is on a 10x10 grid.
Doe & Darts (Popular)

Sandhills Star

Sand Hills Star
Kansas City Star
1939
The Kansas City Star published this block in 1939. The block within the star is a four-square checkerboard (in quiltspeak, a four-patch).

The Sandhills (or Sand Hills) is a giant patch of land that early 20th-century homesteaders found too sandy to farm but not too sandy for grazing cattle. The region makes up a quarter of Nebraska, which was home to the KCS reader who sent this block to the newspaper.
Sandhills Star

Modern Star

Modern Star
Grandma Dexter
ca. 1931
Star of Many Points/David & Goliath/Doe & Darts/Four Darts

First published in a Grandma Dexter booklet (#36A) around 1931, Modern Star had a large offset square in the center and four chevron darts made from scrap prints.

We haven't seen instructions for this block on the Web. Our "Make It!" icon links to a page with our diagrams for both Modern Star and Star of Many Points, below. Lest you wonder, they're based on a 5x5 grid.


Modern Star

Star of Many Points

Star of Many Points
Cabot
1936
David & Goliath/Doe & Darts/Four Darts

Nancy Cabot published a variation of Modern Star in 1936 with a different color scheme and gave it many of the same names as Finley's Doe & Darts (above).

What's different? Cabot's Star of Many Points alternates two colors for every piece not in the background color. Cabot dated Star of Many Points to 1782. She didn't give any sources, but the year 1782 is nevertheless given for every Doe & Darts variation in sight.

Note: Cabot presented two blocks called Star of Many Points. We have yet to post the other.
Star of Many Points

Merry Kite

Merry Kite
LAC #515
1928

Merry Kite
Nancy Cabot
1932
Ladies Art Company block #515 was published in 1928, and our graphic shows it as it appeared in the catalog.

The block was republished four years later in Nancy Cabot's Chicago Tribune column. Cabot's version is much, much easier to make. See the dotted lines? They're Cabot's gift to the sanity of quilters everywhere. Cabot split half the diamonds to create a single seamline around the larger interior square. We've reproduced the diagram here.

Our diagram includes Cabot's variation too. To use the diagram, click the lavender "Make It!" icon and scroll down. For instructions on how to make Cabot's block, click on the blue "Make It!" icon.


Star of Many Points

Wedding Bouquet

Wedding Bouquet
Nancy Page
1943

First published in 1943, Wedding Bouquet is credited to Nancy Page. Her syndicated quilting column was the source of some 600 blocks, although not all of them were original.

Still, Page was good at what she did, and she inspired quilters to start a Nancy Page Quilt Club. The club's not around any more, but then, neither are its members. We look forward to meeting them, but not just yet.
Wedding Bouquet

Wyoming Valley Block

Wyoming Valley

In July 1778, 1,000 British soldiers, Pennsylvania Loyalists, and Indians led by the Iroquis set out to attack the 5,000 American settlers in Pennsylvania's Wyoming Valley, where Scranton and Wilkes-Barre now stand.  Entering the valley on July 1, they took control of two forts.  Part of the force then marched to a third fort and demanded its surrender.*

Most of the valley's able-bodied men were away, serving in the Continental Army.  In the third fort, the valley's residents formed a militia of 386 old men, boys, and a few women, who, in a fatal misjudgment, left the fort to battle the invaders.  Only 60 survived. Most of those who weren't killed in the 45-minute battle died after they were tortured that night. 

That battle, however, was not the massacre. After the British offered generous terms of surrender, other settlers went home the next day.

Wyoming Valley Block
The British did not remain to enforce the peace. That night, Iroquis warriors attacked the settlements, burning buildings and killing as many settlers as they could. A few escaped eastward — primarily mothers with their children — where many starved or died of exposure in a vast swampland afterward called "Shades of Death."

We've read that the block's chevrons are traditionally done in red to represent the redcoats — the British forces.

An 1809 poem called "Gertrude of the Wyoming" preserved memories of the massacre.  Thanks to a congressman's fondness for that poem, a new state in the Rocky Mountains was named Wyoming in 1890.

Even so, the block was first published only in 1936. It is credited to Nancy Cabot of the Chicago Tribune. Our sources for the block are Brackman's Encyclopedia and Beyer's Quilter's Album.

*Frontier communities often built small forts that they could reach in a hurry if necessary.

V. Block

V. Block

The "V" in the Ladies Art Company's Block #483 (1922) probably stood for Victory in World War I—or at least for the cease-fire agreement, the Armistice, signed in 1918. 

Here's a factoid: The "war to end all wars" formally ended when Germany made the last of its reparation payments for the cost of the war—in 2010! 
V. Block

V Block

V Block

This star, so similar to the LAC's #483, was published without attribution in Jinny Beyer's 2009 Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns.

The pieces in dark red make up a classic symbol called the Cross of Malta. For more on the Maltese Cross, click here: 
V. Block

Swing in the Center




Swing in the Center
LAC #252
1897
Ladies Art Company

Mrs. Roosevelt's Favorite/Swinging in the Center/Roman Pavement


As was so often the case, Swing in the Center was first published in the Ladies Art Company catalog in 1897. Mrs. Roosevelt's Favorite was Clara Stone's name for it in her 1906 Practical Needlework; the other two names were from Nancy Cabot's column in the Chicago Tribune in 1934 and 1938 respectively. 

Swing in the Center
Finley
1929

Finley

Eight Hands Around/Ladies' Wreath

Ruth Finley's variation of Swing in the Center differed from the LAC's in its construction: It has two-piece chevrons rather than three triangles, as in the LAC version. Her variation also used triangles for the corners instead of the LAC's spear points. In any case, the variation in Finley's 1929 book Old Patchwork QuiltsAnd the Women Who Made Them was picked up by Jane Alan (Illinois State Register, ca. 1932) and Nancy Page (Birmingham News, 1943).

Swing in the Center
Wheeler

Laura Wheeler

No copier she, Laura Wheeler, the mysterious designer who drove the Old Chelsea Needlework Company's success, used rectangles instead of squares in her Swing in the Center variation to create a pronounced X shape from corner to corner. It makes a remarkable difference in the finished quilt.

We're not sure how she arranged the colors. We built the color scheme around the light-colored chevrons to make the seams visible.
Swing in the Center (LAC)


Swing in the Center (Finley)

Swing in the Center (Wheeler)