Take a simple blocks like Shoo Fly and, instead of lining it up in rows and columns, offset it. Suddenly wonderful things start to happen.
If the Shoo Fly blocks are 6" x 6", then this is 42" x 20". I would like something a little more compact.
This makes a pleasant pattern. I think it could use more variety in the choice of colors. Using scraps would accomplish that.
The pattern is simple enough. And the negative shapes are quite interesting.
If you are wondering if these quilts might be tricky to sew, I have good news. None of the blocks are offset horizontally. As a result, the quilts can easily be divided into vertical columns.
Using blocks offset, instead of in rows and columns all the time, opens up a whole new series of design opportunities. These are opportunities you could take advantage of.