A bit of a maze this week…
This design is a mix of ‘corner’ blocks (where the path enters on one side of the block and exits on the adjacent side) and ‘straight’ blocks (where the path crosses the block).
In the 8 x 10 grid above, there are also 6 blank blocks. I actually like the idea of eliminating the blanks and using only the corner and straight blocks. It would take a bit of planning to make sure every square was full and the paths were all coherent (i.e. ending only at the edge of the quilt and not in mid-air), but there are lots of ways you could mix and match these 2 blocks to create different serpentine paths.
The corner blocks are like quarter log cabins – just a square with two edging layers of strips. And the straight blocks are just three strips sewn together – you could sew the strips together in very long pieces and just sub-cut to get the squares.
I knew I’d seen a maze-like quilt pattern before, so I checked my Pinterest feed to see if I could find it. Sure enough, this design is a little like the ‘Twisted‘ pattern by Carolina Patchworks. My design is a little simpler: the paths never branch, loop, or cross over each other.
A repeating pattern with a mid-century modern feel (to my mind, at least):
Maybe if I coloured it in a mid-century modern palette (or Excel’s closest approximation):
This quilt design looks a bit complicated to assemble, but it’s actually a fairly simple block – just rotated and repeated:
Squares and rectangles are all you’d need. The blocks have been chopped a little along the top, bottom and sides of the quilt design, just to leave a little more white space there.
As usual, I designed this with solids in mind, but it’d make a great scrappy quilt too!
I love using Excel to design quilt patterns. It’s easy to set up a grid of squares, and quick to fill cells with colour. And who doesn’t love a red and white quilt?
I designed this on point in Excel and then flipped it 45 degrees in Illustrator.
You could make this design with a lot of half-square and quarter-square triangles, but it’d be much easier using strips, squares and rectangles. It’s actually one block repeated six times; you’d need to piece carefully to ensure that your white strips matched up.