I love that the vintage one is scrappy and has a chain working through it plus it has so many secondary patterns going on - variation of Diamond in Square, Old Maid's Puzzle, Bow Tie, Broken Dishes, Four patch, Shoofly.
If anyone knows the name for this four patch variation block I would appreciate it. I'm calling my quilt, if it ever gets made, Gallimaufry.
My first attempt at making blocks is the BOTTOM photo of blocks made from 1.5 inch HSTs and squares and 2.5 inch squares which results in a four inch (finished) block. I was pretty happy with the blocks but wasn't really sure you could make out all of the secondary patterns like the bow ties, for instance.
My second attempt at making blocks is the TOP photo of blocks made from 2.5 inch HSTs and squares and 4.5 inch squares which results in an eight inch (finished) block. I made the HSTs in the same color as the four inch square it is connected to in order to be able to see the bow ties better. I also limited the colors to autumn colors thinking maybe the chains through the quilt might remind me of a path through the autumn woods.
I'm not sure I like bigger blocks in this case. The smaller blocks will allow a lot more secondary patterns to emerge in a large quilt. I think I will go back to my original plan to use 1.5 and 2.5 inch scraps BUT I will make the blocks in autumn color/value scraps and try to remember to match the color of the HSTs to the larger square in the four patch block so the secondary pattern of bow ties can be seen better. Or, is that really necessary? I actually can see the bow ties in my first attempt if I look hard enough.
Now that I have a definite plan all of the eight inch blocks and a couple of those four inch blocks will go into the orphanage.
Playing around with scraps?