She said the block originated in Connecticut and described it as "an all-over pattern, not at all difficult to piece, and extremely effective when made up in good colors."
Her pattern sold for "5 cents in stamps or coin."
For my 6" Winding Ways block, I tried a couple of different ways to construct it. I decided it was actually easier to hand piece it.
Each of the small blocks finish at 3" which means each arch piece finishes at 1 1/2". When pieces are that small the seams start getting in the way. I would try trimming the quarter inch seam next time to see if that helps with some of the bulk. This is a very common quilt block even today.
A copy of Nancy's pattern can be seen here. There's a great post at the Caffeinated Quilter reviewing three different ways to make the Winding Ways block. And there's a tutorial here. The block can also be found in Electric Quilt's Blockbase program as #1512.
There's an interesting yellow and white Winding Ways quilt here at the Quilt Index.
This quilt is from Exuberant Color-
This two color quilt is at Spring Water Designs and uses an Accuquilt die-
And this scrappy Winding Ways quilt is from Christa Quilts-