The Almanizer block is simply four square-in-a-square blocks sewn together.
But I drew this one in Electric Quilt with a 2 x 2 grid. You could also draw it with a 4 x 4 grid if you want to.
Here is how the Almanizer looks in a straight set:
And with a splash of yellow and sashing added:
I deleted a few lines to come up with an alternate crossing block:
If you aren’t interested in a two color quilt you could liven it up with another color:
The next design is simple, and yet, bold. I like it!
By adding a few lines to the Almanizer quilt block, and paying attention to color placement, one comes up with the popular star.
The very same design, but a bold red replaces the baby blue:
How about moving those stars around?
Feeling quiet, or feeling bold?
Add even more lines to the Almanizer block, and it can get complicated, but you might come up with fun little pinwheels like I did:
The only difference between these last two examples is the outer border. You might be the type that needs a visual look before you can decide what you like the best. I am.
I didn’t have time to play with this block in on point settings, so that will be next week.