How Hard Is It
To Design A New Block?
Part 3 (4 x 4 Grids)
Designing new quilt blocks is fairly easy when you design on a grid.
Obviously a 3 x 3 grid is not the only one you can use.
There is a difference between the two grids and it affects the resulting designs. The center of a 3 x 3 grid is a single square unit. The center of a 4 x 4 grid is the point where four square units touch.
SOME TRADITIONAL 4 x 4 GRID BLOCKS
One of the units is a Nine Patch block. This raises an interesting question - if a block can be used as a unit in another block, what's the difference between a block and a unit?
When you make a Storm at Sea quilt you don't repeat the block; you repeat the center of the block and treat the edge units like sashing. So what exactly is a block?
This block can be neatly divided into 4 squares, each of which could be considered to be a block. So is it one block or four?
Or is it a Drunkard's Path unit?
Is a plain square ever considered a block?
In the 3 posts in this series, by examining traditional blocks, we've managed to create a small library of quilt block units.
CREATING NEW BLOCKS
Let's see what can be done with some of these on a 4 x 4 grid.
This outline pattern is interesting. What happens when it is colored?
I find the ouline pattern confusing. Maybe coloring it will help.
This is just one of the many ways this block can be colored.
Whether you are working on a 3 x 3 grid or a 4 x 4 grid the design process for creating a block is the same. You simply play with different arrangements of units on the grid until you find something that pleases you. Then you color it.