With Block Size Part 1
It's easy to make quilts where all the blocks are the same size. However, it is possible, and fun, to make quilts where the blocks are different sizes.
Today seems like a good day to conduct an experiment and combine 2 sizes of a very simple block.
What if 1 large and 5 small four patch blocks are combined to make this new block?
What if the half-square triangles are lighter in the smaller four patch blocks?
What happens when this new block, made of 2 sizes of a four patch block, is combined in various different ways?
It is obvious that using this one combination of two different sizes of a simple four patch block results in a number of different quilt designs. Even more designs can be created by changing the way the 2 blocks are positioned and/or colored.
The difference in scale of the 2 blocks adds variety and interest to the designs. They have both bold details and fine details. The bold details create emphasis; the fine details create a kind of counterpoint.
The resulting quilt designs may look complex, but since the components are simple both to design and sew, the quilts are, in fact, simple too.
I invite you to try designing one and see how simple.
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