Saturday, August 24, 2019

Daredevils Block #4: Hélène's Star

Daredevils #4  Hélène's Star

#4 by Dorry Emmer
The model makers, Daredevils all, add pieces to the basic pattern.

Scroll down to see the official pattern for a 15" finished block.

Becky Brown's block altered a bit to look official.

When I started collecting quilt patterns in the 1970s there were several little magazines with low circulations---cottage industries. Aunt Kate’s Quilting Bee was written, edited and published by Glenna Boyd of Oklahoma and this modern star, a four-patch, was one of her designs. which she called New Star. An added quarter circle in the corners makes a secondary pattern.

Little magazines are among the most ephemeral
of quilting ephemera. See a post on Aunt Kate:

I worked for a little magazine in the 1970s---it got big.
Quilters Newsletter

Denniele Bohannon's #4 before she appliqued the circles over the seam lines.

The Block

Daredevils pattern for a 15" block.

Cut paper templates. Add seams to the fabric.

How to print:
Create a word file or a new empty JPG file that is 8-1/2" x 11".
Click on the image above.
Right click on it and save it to your file.
Print that file out 8-1/2" x 11". The small square should measure 1".
Adjust the printed page size if necessary.

Becky Brown's actual block. 
All that empty space in the center......

 Quick Quilt from BlockBase in 
Aunt Kate's original pattern for New Star

Hélène Dutrieu, 1911

Belgian Hélène is one of the few daredevils to live to a calm old age.


  1. This is one of my favorite blocks. Glad to know that Helene's story.

  2. Oh my, Helene was a great aviator and one who lived to tell of her exploits. "Her" block is a lovely one altho, yes, that center does need a little extra to my eyes.

  3. At the moment, I can't remember the name of it, but I have a collection of one of those little magazines from Florida, I think. It started about the same time as QNM. I loved getting both in the mail, and eventually managed to get copies of the first few QNM I missed. They were both professional and homey, filled with good instructions, inspiration, and a certain amount of country woman sense. I miss those not-at-all slick magazines. =) Thanks for sharing this pattern, and its history.