(with drafting grid)
see HANDS ALL AROUND
for more slide-in animations
BEGINNER'S DELIGHT is called a "four-X" pattern (any design divided by an X from corner to corner and thus producing geometrically four equal parts). It is similar to LOVE KNOT (see Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS, #2350), except for the triangles added to the center on each side. Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM (p. 158-7) lists it as BEGINNER'S DELIGHT, and attributes it to Alice Brooks (Old Chelsea Station, a Needlework Service which began in 1933), with date unknown.
The title would seem to suggest that it is a good block for an inexperienced quilter to begin with, since it requires very simple piecing repeated all round (though that simplicity is not so obvious at first glance). The pattern tiles exquisitely (see below — various sections seeming screened off in the single block open like portals in the repeat.)
If this design were a Japanese block, it might be titled BEGINNER'S MIND, an expression meaning basically the same thing, although referring more to a child-like, open-minded enthusiasm, at the start of any new job or project, including all creative endeavors, and in Zen then extended also as a basis of delight in everyday life.
For more "four-X" designs, compare with:
AUNT MARY'S DOUBLE IRISH CHAIN