A few nights ago I woke up thinking that in many 9 Patch designs the corners are just a solid square. Then I asked myself that old question which leads me down some pretty interesting paths which starts with the words … what if … the corners of those 9 Patch blocks became a 4 Patch block when the 9 Patch blocks were joined together.
As I went back to sleep I had a vague thought that I should find a piece of paper and a pencil and write myself a note, or even got out of bed and do some computing, as I would forgotten about it when I woke up in the morning.
Much to my surprise, I hadn’t forgotten.
I have often found secondary patterns when I used blocks in blocks set side by side, but this time I was looking to make it happen by design, rather than by mistake, which is the way it usually happens for me.
So after morning coffee I spent some time playing with Electric Quilt, looking for some corner designs …
… and add them to the 9 Patch block.
Well, if nothing else it is not a bad looking block all by itself, but what happens when several blocks are put together in a quilt top.
First the block with empty corners.
The original 9 Patch looks all by itself as a stand alone block.
The corner by itself is OK, with lots of room for quilting.
The two combined really work well together.
Leave out some of the original 9 Patch part of the design, and there is room for quilting!
Ticks all the boxes required to make a great quilt design, but that is just my humble (!) opinion.
Wonder how many designs are just waiting for their day in the spotlight? I suspect that there are more than I will ever find in my life time!