Two patterns first published by Nancy Cabot, within a few months of each other, appear side by side in Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, see p.159-#6-7.
The first, WESTWARD HO! (March 21, 1936), is the more historical. The second appears to be a variation on the first, with a new name called SENTRY'S PASTIME (June 12, 1936), and which Cabot interprets in her newspaper column as a "block house," where the sentries play checkers. It may be that she envisioned that idea in the WESTWARD HO! pattern and later replaced the star in the center with concentric squares, in order to express her vision. That's the only difference structurally between the two patterns. Cabot comments on WESTWARD HO! as follows:
"The 'wild and woolly' west is represented by this strikingly beautiful pieced block, WESTWARD HO! The original was made over one hundred years ago of white, red, blue and purple, by a Kansas pioneer woman. A copy recently was made by the granddaughter of the creator, but the colors were decidedly pastel. She used orchid, lavender, violet, blue, and rose. The blocks are large, measurng 18 inches square, and as a result only twenty blocks are required for the entire coverlet."
According to the dictionary:
Ho! is "used to express surprise or joy, to attract attention to something sighted, or to urge onward: Land ho! Westward ho!"
For another quilt design with an exclamation in the title, see OH! SUSANNAH. For more delightful, Nancy Cabot quilt designs at this site, see for example:
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