Notes: Dominoes look like dice, except that they are shaped as rectangles, sized one by two squares long, and like dice, having one to six dots imprinted in each square. According to the dictionary, the game of dominoes is "played with such pieces, in which they are laid down to form a line, each player in turn trying to find and lay down a domino with a value matched by that of a piece at either end of the line already formed."
As a geometric construction, DOMINO AND SQUARE(S) is reminiscent of a log cabin type design, which can be enhanced by deepening the larger squares with a neutral dark background (see upper right). Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA (#2891) dates the pattern back to the Ladies Art Company Catalog, #278, published in 1897.
With the right fabrics, the design might be pieced in black and white to imitate the dominoes. Jinny Beyer's ALBUM (p. 203-10) reverses the distribution of dark and light, similar to ARROWHEAD, nearly opposite to Nancy Cabot's May 3, 1934 illustration (left), and with a lovely 5-color arrangement. Maggie Malone offers a marvelously simple, three-color variation (#2870).
For another game of dice as inspiration for a quilt pattern, see CHUCK-A-LUCK. More designs at this site with playful themes include:
PUSS IN THE CORNER
The purple used for this design (though brighter) is similar to the Mary Lincoln dish illustrated left, where it is called "Solferino." See Barbara Brackman's blog entry on PURPLES, LILACS AND MAUVES.