The piecing grid, illustrated left, is exactly as the design appears in the compendiums, whereas the patterns above are slight variations in color and dark and light. Notice that the left side of the pattern, top to bottom, is flipped to create the right side.
The title, JACQUES IN THE BOAT, offers a marvelous play on words, imitating the traditional quilt block name, JACK IN THE BOX. On all levels, here we have a true beauty, and which dates back to the Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, Issue #98 (1970's, in blue and green). See Maggie Malone's #3716 in the Circles and Curve Patch Pattern section of her 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS. Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS lists the block in her section titled "Equal Diagonal Division," #3192.
The name is probably also a reference to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the famous mariner. A very complex pattern, certainly, but no matter how you look at it, as a quilt design, the title is simply priceless. For more patterns sporting curves at this site, see, for instance:
FORE AND AFT
CAPS FOR WITCHES AND DUNCES
MERRY GO ROUND
SUNSHINE & STAINED GLASS
SUNBEAM AND SHADOW
THREE PATCH (with more curve examples !!!)