Ladies Art Company started publishing a catalog of quilt blocks patterns in 1895. I was a collection of 400 patterns that could be purchased. The influence of that catalog is still with us today in the naming of many of these blocks. The catalog listed this block as #334 and the name in the index in mosaic #6. They had a series of these half square blocks that they called mosaic and numbered them. Here is a link to the 1922 Ladies Art Company Catalog. Copy of the pages that can be clicked on for a closer look is at the bottom of the page.
It’s most common name today is Sea Glass, Wind Blown Star and Balkan Puzzle . Quilt -it Magazine has it on their cover of the March/April issue that is out right now. This is a fun block to make for a scrap quilt because it is very forgiving with the points. The quilt block gives the quilter a nice area to quilt in. The name Wind Blown Star was given by Nancy Cabot in Feb 15, 1933 syndicated newspaper column. The story that went with it was that it could be traced to a sea side town. Hence the name Sea Glass came following that depression pattern. Also Jenny Beyer Studio has a down load able pattern for this block that is 12 inches finishes. She has combined some of the blocks to save stitches and time.
It goes together quickly. It is based on a 16 square grid. For a 12 1/2 unfinished block, you will be working with 3 1/2 half square blocks. I chose 8 different fabrics for the darks and one fabric for the light to make the same back ground.
You will need:
Eight dark 4 inches square.
Eight light 4 inches square.
To make it you will put rights sides, one light and one dark. Draw a line from corner to corner and sew a quarter inch from the line on both sides of the line. Cut in half and press open.
Now you will need to square up the half squares to 3 1/2 inches using a square up ruler.
Follow the picture below in laying out and constructing the block.