Here's an interesting red and white quilt dated 1897.
Very typical of the time in color and use of a shirting
dot for the neutral.
But the pattern isn't typical.
It's like a Drunkard's Path in the repeat
which can be viewed as two alternating blocks.
But instead of curved pieces this is based on triangles---
Not half square triangles, but almost half-square triangles,
arranged as a pinwheel and an octagon.
Sort of a Path of Least Resistance.
Drawn in EQ8
It makes a prickly Drunkard's Path
The best way to do this would be to cut two squares,
draw a diagonal line, sew on the south side of that
and trim off the corners.
Sue Garman called it a Walk-Away Star
It would seem that anything one can do with the curved Drunkard's Patch
unit one could do with this straight seamed unit.
Pattern ideas from Aunt Martha