Last month I burbled on about the Rail Fence design and how different it could look if you used strips of different widths instead of the usual equal ones. But I couldn’t just leave it there and went on with my playing around.

What if, I thought, I added squares to the corners? All corners? One corner? Opposite corners? Keep the strip widths equal? Or, like last time, use different widths? So many possibilities.And then . .  should the squares be the same size? Should they be the same colour? I disappeared down yet another rabbit hole.

I came up with three blocks that used squares on opposite corners – one with equal strips and two with different width strips, like last month’s examples.

And then putting several together I ‘made’ some quilts (you just have to love EQ!) and found that you had to make two blocks – one with red squares and one with mustard squares – which is why there are two blocks shown above.

I made a quilt with lots more blocks too to get a better idea of what a full size quilt could look like – this is an example of the last block with the wide centre strip and different size squares

But then . . . if you can add squares to the corners, you can add triangles. Yet more possibilities. Here are the same three blocks as before but with triangles instead of squares. This time all the blocks have both red and mustard triangles to make the design.

And put together they could like these.

I first played (a little) with this triangle idea during the April lockdown last year and wrote up a blogpost about it including ideas for making a runner or using different colours. I also added in a colouring sheet of the design and a free pattern for the design using equal width strips which you can download. I called it Pinwheels and Windmills.

And here’s the quilt with the wide centre strip and unequal size triangles with the blocks turned another way from the ones in the smaller example above – it makes a very different looking quilt.

You don’t need anything as whizzy as EQ to play like this (although it is quicker!) – simple paper and pencil is enough, squared paper for preference but the back of an envelope works almost as well. You could use Excel spreadsheets and colour the cells in to make a design or you can draw shapes and colour them in Word as well. Unleash your creativity and let’s see what you come up with!

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