Quilt Notes: See the small print, lower left, it seems so playful, the cost of the quilt patterns supplied by Nancy Cabot, just 5 cents — how's that! — in STAMPS or COIN. Imagine sending a postage stamp and getting a quilt pattern in return, or anything in return, for that matter. Wonderful!! The text of Cabot's ENIGMA SQUARE (aka DOMINO), in the Chicago Tribune, dated September 16, 1937, says the following:|
"At first glance this block, set in a quilt as an all-over design, looks first like one pattern and then like another. It is only by careful scrutiny [see below] that the observer can detect the large block pieced in the simple four patch design known as ENIGMA SQUARE."
There is also maybe a tease in this block, where we are expecting a square, instead we get a rectangle, and where a rectangle is anticipated, somebody has inserted a square. Terrific fun. ENIGMA SQUARE is not included in Karen Combs' book, nevertheless for a collection of more of these "puzzling effects," take a look at Combs' delightful OPTICAL ILLUSIONS FOR QUILTERS. Other designs, related at this site, include CUBE LATTICE, LOCKED SQUARES, and SHIFTING CUBES. A small book list of recommended quilt design compendiums is also available here. (Send us 5 cents, please, Ha!).