Toni brought a quilt by the other day to see if I knew the pattern. At first I was stumped but I did a little digital breakdown of the units.
It's an octagon with strips around it pieced to a plain square
I found it in an obscure section of my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns that I called Multi-Patch, which means there isn't a square block but there is some repetitive design unit.
There are not very many of these designs based on an octagonal grid, but this pattern is one of them. Workbasket Magazine published it in 1941 as Wedding Ring Tile.
It was supposed to be colored in scrappy 30s style but the alternating red strips give it some punch.
I don't know that I've ever seen that pattern made up before.
But I knew where to look and I found one in the marvelous Quilt Index. It was recorded by the Wyoming quilt project, made by Katy Doty in the late 20th century---just like the pattern.
I can't give you a pattern and it's not in BlockBase because it's not a block---or anyway not a square block. It's way beyond my drafting skills.
Added on April 4th
Mary Jo has posted some pictures of various patterns on her Picasa site.
Added on April 5th
One reason some of us love quilt patterns so much is the puzzle aspect. We are determined to solve it and figure out the repeat. Sarah from Pacifica has been busy in Electric Quilt, drawing the design as 2 blocks, a square and a rectangle, so there are no set-in seams. Many thanks to Sarah.