C&T Publishing has just published the Kansas City Star Quilts Sampler with some 20th-century quilt history by me.
I Photoshopped their block into a grid of 4.
The pattern in the book is 12" or 6" if you look at each unit as a block.
The unusual design was published in the Kansas City Star in 1941 as The Radio Windmill. I gave all my Kansas City Star original patterns to the International Quilt Study Center when I moved so I cannot look it up but the book gives us information from the original pattern in the Star and tells us that Anna Killillay of Pleasanton, Iowa mailed in the design.
It also (according to me) appeared in the Chicago Tribune's quilt column, Nancy Cabot.
It's BlockBase #2560
I did a Quick Quilt in BlockBase and this is how it looks set all over
each block shaded the same. Interesting but you could get the same look
easier with squares and recatangles.
I imported the BlockBase design to Electric Quilt 8.
Scrappy with controlled shading might be quite cool.
Changed the shading,
two different alternating blocks.
Same thing---kind of reads as Z's or pinwheels.
Inverted the color in Photoshop for more drama.
One shading, alternate block rotated
Did a screen capture here of a EQ quilt without any lines. A nice graphic and maybe my favorite among my color experiments. Three shades: medium, light and dark.
UPDATE: I found another name and publisher for the pattern. H. Ver Mehren's Colonial Quilt catalog apparently included it as Windmills of Amsterdam, here advertised in the Detroit Free Press.
See a review of the book at Publishers' Weekly here: