Quilt Notes: STEPS TO THE ALTAR debuted in the Ladies Art Company Catalogue in 1897, #206. There are a number of variations and different quilt patterns by the same name, not surprisingly, according to Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS. The illustration left, by Nancy Page (aka Florence La Ganke), is identical to the LAC version, was clipped from the Hartford Courant, and dated May 11, 1937. Some delightful notes appended to the block by Page include the following:
"Try this in pink and white. You may have another name for this block. It is a copy of an old one which stood the test of time. I am calling it STEPS TO THE ALTAR. As I see the design I imagine that the altar is made up of the two large dark triangles. Then ranged round the altar are the members of a bridal party, ushers, bridesmaids, pages and flower girls, etc. […] Just see what imagination will do when confronted with a name and some triangles and a few squares."
For more quilt designs set as a diagonal, see for instance:
BIRDS IN THE AIR
OLD MAID'S RAMBLER
CORN AND BEANS
TOWERS OF CAMELOT
NEW FOUR PATCH