SUNBEAM CROSSROAD was first published by Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune on December 25, 1935, p,33. Cabot's comments state the following:
"One of the oldest of the middle western patterns is this delightful little pieced block with such a cheerful name. 'Sunbeam Crossroad' first was made in Ohio about 1854. Blue and white formed the predominant note in the original pattern. Blue prints with white figures and vice versa were used for some of the patches, while red, white and dark blue were the plain materials included in the block. The completed square measures 14 inches, and the entire quilt is composed of these pieced blocks."
Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS has a couple pages (#212) of these type cross-stick designs, and yet each one is entirely unique, really very interesting. See also Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS, #2931, for this design and also for an array of such patterns. Compare at this site with:
TOAD IN A PUDDLE
TOWERS OF CAMELOT
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