(Carrie Hall piecing variation)
This variation of BOX QUILT, illustrated upper right, is actually unique to Carrie Hall (1866-1955), not because of its geometric construction, which is the same as the traditonal block, above left and FORMAL GARDEN, or ECCENTIC STAR, but because of the fascinating way in which Hall pieced the fabrics to give an allusion, vaguely and beautifully, of a split diagonally through the center square, and then rejoined, producing what appear to be two sliding "V" shapes (akin to SYMMETRY IN MOTION). Although the variation essentially deletes the "box" visually, the reason for not piecing it using a square is probably also so as to create a haploid pattern, by way of two scraps of identical fabric facing each other.
See layout left, and the original Carrie Hall block online at the Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas University, also published in CARRIE HALL BLOCKS, by Bettina Havig, p. 16. The piecing would begin with the square in the center, absolutely an exquisite and inspirationally creative use of materials (see animation). More on Carrie Hall's career in the art of quilt design at AUTUMN TINTS.
The basic open box pattern (upper left) was included in the Ladies Art Company Catalogue in the late 1890's, #351.
More "box" pattern designs at this site include:
CUBE LATTICE (with Piet Mondrian)