Online auction, attributed to North Carolina
A Mariner's Compass but instead of the usual divisions of 6 or 8
this one is based on 5 with a pentagon in the center.
It's an old design. The version above is from a sampler
dated 1844 made for Susan & Henry Underwood of Baltimore.
But I've never found a published pattern.
Which means it's not in BlockBase
The pattern should be in there and since I am adding unpublished, traditional blocks to the new edition I am giving it a number --- with a circle in the center "#3691 from a quilt dated 1844."
Pentagon in the center #3692.
The drafting artists at Electric Quilt will have fun with these. Circumstances have put us way behind schedule on the BlockBase revision, thinking now to get it done next winter.
Unusual center #3693.
You could use this 8-inch picture for a pattern of sorts.
The five-pointed compass design seems to have been passed around in the upland South around 1900.
Here's a beauty from the North Carolina Museum of History, by
Elizabeth Jennie Roach Witherington & Lydia Chapman Roach
Susan Brackney Clayton (
From the Indiana project & the Quilt Index
Lightened up a little. Circle in the center.
Family story: 1850-1860 but it's 1880-1930 by style
UPDATE: Found a photo of Susan & her quilt at her Find-A-Grave site:
Arizona Project & the Quilt Index.
Made by in Osage County, Missouri although she was a recent
These last three look to be about 1880-1930 with
the distinctive solid-color style in block and sashing.
The whole idea fitting into the Southern aesthetic of spiky points and circles.
Similar fabrics but no strong sashing by Anna Sophia Schiller,
Arizona Project & the Quilt Index
Following her own muse...
No pattern. I'm waiting for the new BlockBase.