I chose to play with the Arkansas Crossroads quilt block from Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year.
You may know the block as Road to Oklahoma.
It is drawn with a 4 x 4 grid.
Here is how the Arkansas Crossroads block looks when set side-by-side in a straight set:
When the alternate blocks are rotated, one sees how this block got its name:
Let’s move the color around. As in the first design, the Arkansas Crossroads block is in a straight set (I see blue and yellow bow ties!):
Surprise! Stars show up when rotating the alternate blocks:
Another design using just the Arkansas Crossroads quilt block without altering the block and using variations of the block, or adding other blocks, or sashing:
Only the corner block has been altered. I simply deleted a few lines of the Arkansas Crossroads block to create space.
On another day, perhaps I’ll play with adding other elements. However, it is nice to know that all we need is one block, some color and rotation to create several unique designs.