There is almost never anything new in design; indeed, the best designs probably are made with a sense of history. So far we’ve modified overall quilt designs to make new ones; this time we’re going to modify blocks. So here we go: 1. Stretch it:
2. Tilt it, or stretch and tilt it:
3. Cut it and shuffle the pieces; rotate them if you like:
4. Cut it and insert something. This will distort the block and you’ll have to trim to make it even:
All of this fooling around might be a good use for some of those orphan blocks–what have you got to lose? And If you find some modifications you really like, try them out in a quilt: Please make some designs and send them to me–I’d love to see what you come up with!