Fifteen ways to design a quilt . . .

My good friend Philip in NYC is ordering another quilt from me.  So, for several months, he has been sending me photos of quilts that catch his eye because of the pattern or color.

Two of the quilts caught MY eye . . .

In a local quilt shop, I saw a quilt based on the first of the two quilts.  I liked what I saw and decided to give it a try. I modified the basic block and set about arranging and re-arranging it.

These are my results . . .

Symmetry group p1:

The block maintains the same orientation over the surface of the quilt.

Symmetry group p1
Symmetry group p1

Symmetry group p2, one:

Alternate rows of blocks rotate 180 degrees.

Symmetry group p2, one
Symmetry group p2, one

Symmetry group p2, two:

Alternate columns of blocks rotate 180 degrees.

Symmetry group p2, two
Symmetry group p2, two

Symmetry group p2, three:

Alternate blocks rotate 180 degrees.

Symmetry group p2, three
Symmetry group p2, three

Symmetry group p4:

Blocks rotate 90 degrees around a central point.

Symmetry group p4
Symmetry group p4

Symmetry group pm, one:

Alternate rows of blocks reflect vertically.

Symmetry group pm, one
Symmetry group pm, one

Symmetry group pm, two:

Alternate columns of blocks reflect horizontally.

Symmetry group pm, two
Symmetry group pm, two

Symmetry group p2mm:

Blocks reflect along all sides.

Symmetry group p2mm
Symmetry group p2mm

Symmetry group cm, one:

Alternate rows of blocks reflect horizontally, then alternate columns of blocks reflect horizontally.

Symmetry group cm, one
Symmetry group cm, one

Symmetry group cm, two:

Alternate rows of blocks reflect vertically, then alternate columns of blocks reflect vertically.

Symmetry group cm, two
Symmetry group cm, two

Symmetry group p2mg, one:

Alternate rows of blocks rotate 180 degrees, then alternate columns of blocks reflect horizontally.

Symmetry group p2mg, one
Symmetry group p2mg, one

Symmetry group p2mg, two:

Alternate rows of blocks reflect vertically, then alternate columns of blocks rotate 180 degrees.

Symmetry group p2mg, two
Symmetry group p2mg, two

Symmetry group pg, one:

Alternate rows of blocks reflect horizontally.

Symmetry group pg, one
Symmetry group pg, one

Symmetry group pg, two:

Alternate columns of blocks reflect vertically.

Symmetry group pg, two
Symmetry group pg, two

Symmetry group p2gg:

Alternate rows of blocks reflect horizontally, then alternate columns of blocks reflect vertically.

Symmetry group p2gg
Symmetry group p2gg

The block I’m using is symmetric; it is divided in half along a diagonal line. Because of that, two different arrangements result in the same pattern (see Symmetry group p4, above).

Which pattern do YOU like? Please leave a comment, letting me know.

5 thoughts on “Fifteen ways to design a quilt . . .

  1. I like Symmetry group cm, one. Working on designing your own quilt is a wonderful process with loads of learning curves. I know you are enjoying this.
    I just finished my design of a Fractured Diamond, if you care to take a look.
    Hope you are having a great Memorial weekend!!

  2. I like Symmetry group cm, two: best of all. It pops but is also restful. I also like Symmetry group p2gg: but I think it might be too frenetic to live with … or maybe I could on my manic days 🙂

  3. Very interesting. May I have permission to write an article on this for our quilt guild’s newsletter? I like Symmetry group cm, one best! It’s upbeat. Do you get dizzy doing these designs?

    1. No, no dizziness reported, lol!!

      I find it’s fun and relaxing . . . Sure, you can write an article for your newsletter (if you’ll include a link to the post).

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