WONDER OF EGYPT
(with piecing grid)
Quilt Notes: WONDER OF EGYPT was illustrated by Nancy Cabot in her May 24, 1937 column in the Chicago Tribune. The "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World"
(see Wikepedia) include the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt (illustrated below), and celebrated here in this semi-3D version of the pattern. |
The hexagon can be floated in the center of the block (see Jinny Beyer's ALBUM, p.399-7) or hexagonally pieced (Maggie Malone's 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS, #4548 and Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA, #206). But if tiled as blocks, the hexagons transform more elegantly into elongated diamonds and multiple, magnificent, flip-flopping triangles (see below). The effect is heightened by the use of of striped fabrics, for both the interior pyramids and the neutral background.
For the starkness and a sImiler dramatic effect, compare at this site with NAVAJO (2) or VARIATION OF SAIL BOATS.
The 7 wonders of the world include the following:
(1) The Great Pyramid of Giza (above)
(2) The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
(3) The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
(4) The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
(5) The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
(6) The Colossus of Rhodes
(7) The Lighthouse of Alexandria