Let’s take a look at the Art Square quilt block this week.
It is easily drawn with a 4 x 4 grid.
Here is how Art Square looks when set side by side in a straight set:
The temps are hovering around zero degrees. Perhaps that is what has influenced me to design with blue and white. You could certainly use any color scheme to suit your purposes.
I added an icy blue to the next design; otherwise the two designs are the same. Now I really do feel cold. Color makes a difference!
I created a new block by dividing the corner squares of Art Square into halves, and adding a four patch to the center square. Here is how it looks when alternated with the Art Square.
Perhaps you would prefer a pinwheel in the center of the Art Square block. It certainly gives a sense of motion.
Or maybe a nine-patch:
You could play with the proportions of the blocks. By that I mean, you do not have to simply alternate the blocks. You can use more of one than the other, and come up with all sorts of designs.
Throw in plain blocks too. They are great for creating space. The space is restful for the eye, and wonderful for showing off quilting (or adding applique if you want to dress up your design).
Change the mood of the quilt by moving color around.
I don’t feel so cold when I darken the design up. The white centers show up much more too; even better for showing off the quilting.
Don’t be afraid to play! You will have fun and gain confidence in your own design abilities.