(Grid & Tiling Variations)
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There are two very different quilt blocks called JUPITER'S MOONS.
The version used here was first published by L. K. Meeker, in her QUILT PATTERNS FOR THE COLLECTOR (1979). Barbara Brackman assigns the pattern to her section on "Wedding Ring Type" motifs #305.9, and notes that the interior square can be pieced as a center circle appliqué. Maggie Malone illustrates the design as a single block in her 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS, #3542. But see the continuous tiling pattern adapted for the background of this webpage.
Nancy Cabot illustrated the older version of JUPITER'S MOONS (Chicago Tribune, 1937), however her notes are not directed toward the geometric structure, but rather women's interests in astrological phenomena as inpiration for quilt patterns — she says:
"The rings of Saturn, the canals of Mars, and now, in quilt lore, we find 'Jupiter's Moons.' These celestially entitled quilt blocks are a credit to woman's imagination and ingenuity of design. The creators of these inspired pieced blocks evidently had as wide a knowledge of astonomy as they did of the various fine arts and crafts. The most noteworthy point of these 'heavenly body' quilts is the difficult patterns incorporated into one single block."
According to Wikipedia, Jupiter has more moons than any other planet in our solar system, an amazing 67 of them. For a surprising connection between quilt designs and the "canals of Mars," see the notes for COUNTRY FARM. Additional designs at this site focusing on heavenly bodies include:
AURORA STARS and
STARRY NIGHT, also
HALF MOON, or have a look at
POLARIS STAR and
(with St. Teresa of Avila)