If you have pencil, paper, ruler, and either a set square or a compass you can draft pretty much any block you can imagine.
Hopefully you have some basic geometry skills from primary school to draw the basic square. It should take you longer to find the sticky tape and join two or more pieces of paper if you want to make a block larger than about 9 inches than it does to draw the square.
With the basic square you can draw a line from corner to corner twice … that is about it!
However, divide the square into 4 smaller squares, which is now a 4 Patch, and you get a lot more options of drawing lines over the grid … like these.
The last block creates some more points of interest to me, because it shows where I can add some more lines to create a more detailed grid, a 4 Patch grid, 16 squares set 4×4.
OF course, with a more detailed grid, there are more design opportunities!
If you feel the need you can add another lot of lines to the grid to make 64 little squares or 8×8 grid, but for now, I am going to play with the 8×8 square grid, and some curved seams.
You can replace all but the pencil with graph paper even … you don’t have to have a computer and a drawing program of any sort, but if you get to enjoy drafting block designs I would recommend a quilting program. I have used Electric Quilt to do the illustrations … and no, they don’t pay me to tell you how good the program is, I tell you because I love it!
I started designing blocks with pencil and paper with ruler and compass, graduated to graph paper before trying three different computer programs. Now my first ‘sketch’ looks like a picture in a book or magazine, and I can play, changing lines, deleting all or part of a line, and saving everything which may be of use in a quilt design later.
Below is a collection of block designs which started from the last block design above, and playing with curved seams. All the designs are based on a 16 square grid.
That was fun!