After I finished my Crossed Kayaks quilt, and was pretty happy with it, I got to thinking about other patterns that produce secondary patterns that make for visual complexity in a quilt. I love that effect.
Back when I worked at the quilt shop, back in the days when Electric Quilt was new and very challenging, we would play with it when business was slow, learning how it thought. I practiced drawing blocks from this book
and found this block,
which has all kinds of possibilities. And what do you know, the block was called Wisconsin's Star.
I always thought this was a cool block--one you don't see used in many quilts. Heck, I've never seen it used in any quilt. It's been on my back burner about as long as can be, at least a decade.
It's interesting enough when you color all the blocks the same and play it straight:
But things start to seriously percolate when the color values are flipped:
And the plot thickens further when the a little asymmetry enters the game.
How about a setting with an alternate block?
Ooh, I like that one.
No end of fun. But the trouble with EQ is always that so many possibilities present themselves, I get paralyzed with indecision.
Will I ever make one of these? I'd like to.
Put it in the queue.