How Hard Is It
To Design A New Block?
Part 5 (Grids Inside Grids Inside Grids)
You can look at a quilt and think, "This is complex; it must have been hard to design." But a quilt may look complex and still be easy to design if each step in the process is a simple one.
Let's "reverse design" a quilt. We'll take it apart and look at the blocks to see how it was designed.
Now let's take that block apart.
The block in the upper left and the block in the lower right are the same except that they are colored differently.
The block in the upper right and the block in the lower left are the same except that they are mirror images of each other.
These blocks are all the same but colored differently
These blocks are the same as the ones above and again they are colored differently.
How hard is it to design a block as simple as this? Not very hard.
How hard is it to play with 4 of them to create various larger blocks? Not very hard.
How hard is it to play with those larger blocks to create even larger blocks? Not very hard.
Designing blocks, and designing quilts, doesn't have to be hard. If you start with something simple and play with it, you will soon find wonderful things happening.
To see how this quilt was designed originally, go to My Posts by Subject in the sidebar on the right and click on Sawtooth Star then start at 10/24/10.