A simple, yet effective design, this one from about 1820-1840
from the New Jersey project.
I've used variations on this pattern several times. Here's one from my book
Making History done in William Morris reproduction prints.
The block is a basic square in a square, published with names in the 1930s but much older than that. It's #2375a in the old BlockBase and the new BlockBase+. But what makes the quilt above work so well is the shading trick, alternating color emphasis, a design technique called counterchange.
What's dark in one block is light in the next.
And if you are successful you get a secondary pattern
of a star.
Quilt from about 1890-1925
With three shades the star becomes more prominent.
I have been drawing it up in EQ8 in my Ladies Legacy Civil
War era fabrics from Moda....
Inspired by this antique from an online auction.
But when I look at the shading on this one I realize it's even simpler.
A pattern so basic it doesn't have a name. Nobody
ever published it so it's Unnamed and Unknown in BlockBase+
But at least it's in there.
Certainly quilters made it with or without a published pattern.
This one maybe 1900-1920?
Once again a simple shading change makes a more complex design
and a more interesting quilt.The unnamed X blocks are all shaded the same but rotated. And the alternate squares are shaded in dark and light rows. Think in rows.
Took me a while to figure that out in EQ8.
10-inch Layer Cakes cut into 4 triangles with two cuts will
give you a finished block about 9 inches. (I'm guessing.)
Well then I saw this red, white and blue fragment on eBay.
Once again it's a simple block alternated with a plain
square shaded counterchange fashion
It's NOT in BlockBase+.
Rats. But if it were it would be #1000 as a set for a simple four-patch on point...
Block maybe 1900-1940?
...which once again is so basic nobody ever published a pattern
so it's not in BlockBase (where it should be #2380.5)
Ladies' Legacy is perfect for this pattern with all its red, white and blues.
All the four-patch blocks are shaded the same but rotated in
rows. The plain, unpieced squares are dark in one row, light in the next.
Pretty simple, pretty cool.
Now I keep saying "simple" but if you are thinking of making these square-in-a-square blocks
you need to be careful to get your points to line up at the block seam. It's easy to blunt them. A challenge but it will be good practice in points.
See a post I did a while ago on these two block designs:
Other patterns we've done for Ladies' Legacy.
Look for Patriot Dream Quilt Pattern by Wendy Sheppard.
And Squared away by Nova Birchfield for It'sSewEmma.