ARLS: Blocks A and I

All Roads Lead Somewhere (ARLS) is a unique set of applique blocks I have drafted.

There are nineteen different blocks. Each block generates its own repeating pattern, and the blocks combine to generate even more patterns. This blog post demonstrates how to combine two patterns.

Here are repeating patterns that Blocks A and I generate:

The operative word here is “repeating.” All patterns can be viewed as repeating rows, repeating columns, repeating blocks, and repeating tiles, individually and all at once. In the examples above, the rows, columns, blocks, and tiles are identical. They don’t have to be.

Try this:

Download and print five copies of Block A tiles and Block I tiles.

  1. Cut one copy into four horizontal rows.
  2. Cut one copy into four vertical columns (columns are marked).
  3. Cut one copy into four 2×2 blocks.
  4. Cut one copy into sixteen individual tiles.
  5. Lay one copy aside to use as a base.

Overlay the Block A rows, columns, blocks, and tiles on the Block I base to see what the combination of the two looks like.

This pattern alternates rows of Blocks A and I:

Alternate rows AI
Alternate rows AI

This pattern alternates columns of Blocks A and I:

Alternate columns AI
Alternate columns AI

This pattern alternates 4-tile blocks of A and I like a checkerboard:

Alternate AAAAIIII
Alternate AAAAIIII

This pattern alternates Block A and I tiles like a checkerboard:

Alternate AI
Alternate AI

Save the Blocks A and I rows, columns, blocks, and tiles to combine with the remaining ten Blocks.

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