(with optics & merged border)
Four different quilt patterns named CRISS CROSS are listed in the compendiums. This version, which first appeared in print in "Grandmother Clark's Authentic Early America Patchwork Quilts," Book No. 21, 1932, is based on Jinny Beyer's rendering in the QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, p. 122-5. The arrangement here is slightly different, however. |
Although CRISS CROSS, like the name, seems quite simple at first, it requires a 32 x 32 grid. Nevertheless the complexity is worth it. There is a subtle beauty here, which resides in the unusual border which edges the pieced diamonds. Although the border merges, according to the color into the corners (see optics version left), it helps to maintain a slight dark and light separation (as above), especially if the block is set as an overall pattern (see the gorgeous tessellation below). Otherwise there's too much empty space to hold the four diamonds in place.
Related titles at this site inspired geometric shapes include:
ON THE SQUARE
DOMINO AND SQUARES
SQUARES UPON SQUARES
BUTTERFLY IN CIRCLES