Then I saw this block and wondered if little triangles around the center square would trick the eye into seeing circles, at least at first glance or from a distance. I'm fascinated by angular shapes that sometimes give the impression of circles.
So I laid out some possibilities in fabric creating 12" squares. Forget the colors and just look at the shapes. I could go with one color in a range of fabrics, or more colors in a variety of fabrics. So forget the colors. Also look at the backgrounds. From a distance do the center shapes look like circles?
With a center figure.
With a plain center.
With a second "circle" around the center and a printed background.Those little rectangles would need triangles at the corners to truly give the impression of a circle.
With a muted background.
If I were to make blocks like these I ask myself if I would like all the "blank space" filling the four "corners." Either the fabric would have to be interesting or the the quilting would need to fill and enhance the spaces.
Is this a real block, already created by someone else? If so, does it have a name? Anyone know?
So, that's what's on my design wall this week. It's all play right now.
What are you playing with?
I'm linking this post to Design Wall at Patchwork Times. Thanks, Judy.