There comes a moment when you must take all of the inspiration that has been accumulating inside and putting it into something of your own. I have been learning and playing and having fun recently with all sorts of quilty ideas. I love inputting information and thinking about, but I've reached a breaking point and had to create something. Mostly I've recently been inspired by Carolyn Friedlander and her beautiful fabrics and paper pieced quilt patterns. I wanted to create my own paper pieced pattern so I could learn how it all works. I remember an art professor in college telling us that when we are lost on visual ideas we should draw the clothes on our bedroom floor.
So I started with a couple of drawings. I scanned the top drawing to my computer and used Photoshop to clean up the drawing and alter some of the measurements. After a weekend of tweaking, testing, redrawing, enlarging, and tweaking some more I think I have finally made a pattern that works well.
I'm calling the pattern "Under-Ruse." It creates a block that is 9 1/2" square, or 9" with a 1/4" seam allowance all around. It includes four separate pieces on two pages that combine together to create the block pictured above.
I am happy to share this pattern with you. Please let me know if you find any mistakes or have suggestions. I look forward to seeing your creations!