GALAHAD'S SHIELD first debuted as LADY OF THE LAKE in Nancy Cabot's quilt column in the Chicago Tribune June 17, 1933 and was republished again on October 23, 1937, as illustrated left under the design name of GALAHAD'S SHIELD. There are a number of other "LADY OF THE LAKE" designs, and so this more unique title, honoring Sir Galahad, would certainly seem the more interesting. It is said that Galahad was always known as the "Perfect Knight". He was admired, apparently, for his courage, gentleness, courtesy, and chivalry.
GALAHAD'S SHIELD is somewhat difficult to draft because it utilizes curves requiring an oval constructed on a ratio of exactly 3 wide by 4 high. Nevertheless, the tiling pattern (see below) makes good use of those curves and produces an exceedingly unique and exciting geometric over-all pattern, with its beautiful Maltese-like cross in the center.
Other medieval and/or courtly titles at this site include:
OLD KING COLE'S CROWN
TOWERS OF CAMELOT