Quilt design doesn't happen in an instant. It takes time. It starts with a small idea that grows and changes many times. Sometimes that small idea never stops growing and changing.
When I published the pattern for Cochrane as part of my Alberta Series I thought it would be interesting to include a second version in which the block was colored very differently.
Recently I got the urge to actually make this quilt. But I wanted to change it a little first.
While playing with one of those shapes I discovered this Tulip-like flower.
What if I were to use this flower as part of my new Cochrane quilt?
Is this the end of the story? I don't know. I do know that I have already designed other quilts using the Cochrane block; I might be inspired someday to sew one or more of them. I will probably make a change to the design when I do.