I am a researcher at heart. After Sarah started my mind spinning
quickly, Leslie just added to the melee in my head about the real name
of the Cross Block. When I couldn’t take it anymore, I started rummaging
around in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns
and the Kansas City Star books to see if I could find the block. I
hadn’t gotten very far when I decided to e-mail the AQSG list and see
what they had to say. They found both blocks (mine and Leslie’s
grandma’s) right away.
According to Barbara Brackman my block is called Flowering Snowball (#3081 in the numbering system of BB’s book). It is from Aunt Kate
and has the reference 7/65 next to it. Accordng to BB, Aunt Kate’s
Quilting Bee was published between July 1962 and July 1967. In is part
of Pattern Category #16: Nine X.
The block that Sarah found and Leslie’s grandma made are Raliegh from Hearth and Home OR Tennessee Circles from Prairie Farmer, Bk.1, 1931 (#3083). There is another one (#3084) that is exactly like Raliegh from Hearth and Home with slightly fatter proportions called The Royal (Ladies Art Company #282) OR Grecian Cross from Rural New Yorker 5/23/31 OR [ta da!] Royal Cross from Carrie Hall.
I saw this picture of ladies working on a Cross Block/Flowering Snowball quilt. It is really the only picture of this block in a quilt on the web, though there is a ClubEQ project that includes the Flowering Snowball (Cross Block) block in it.
After I started the quilt, I saw that a local-ish quilt store had a class on dong the piece by machine.