The block is BlockBase #1654 with many names.
The earliest publication I've seen for this pattern is Hearth & Home magazine about 1915 when the editor asked readers to send in patterns named for the state capitals. Richmond is the capital of Virginia.
Aunt Martha in the 1930s published it as Aunt Vina's Favorite.
Perhaps Aunt Vina subscribed to Hearth and Home
Elizabeth Mead, New York project
Ruth Owens Davidson, Nebraska project
Style at the time dictated heavy sashing and blocks on the straight.
Counterchange shading alternating dark on light and light on dark
The block with its checkerboard has some design potential
Becky Brown shaded it so a star is the central image. This block
is from our Civil War Sampler book. It makes interesting secondary designs in an all-over set.
I exported the pattern from BlockBase into EQ8 and tried some other ideas.
Corners shaded opposite. 36 blocks set all over style
12" Block = 72" Square.
The counterchange idea
Blocks on point was an old-fashioned idea in 1915
but this is an interesting way to make the most of the little four-patches.
Here are links to two different posts I've done on the pattern as Richmond.