It is difficult to imagine how this X block pattern came to be named Old Italian Block but it seems to be the case. The arrangement of the blocks in this particular example creates an additional pattern that looks like a latticework.The positive/negative image with the indigo coming forward and the white receding is very effective. It is nicely quilted with squares and diagonal lines.
Measurements are 66" x 70". Excellent condition; made circa 1880.