As I have mentioned in a previous post, certain conventions exist in regards to quilting. A lot of them are geographical, such as the Carolina Lily. This pattern emerged in the 30s, and here can be found more infoon how to produce it.
Others just are lovely patterns that creative ladies cooked up, and which then passed into the ‘cannon’, so to speak.
Another pattern that lends itself to massive customization/variation is the nine patch. Essentially, with this pattern you take 9 squares and patch them together. That simple! As might be expected, many ways of executing exist, such as here, here, and here(source of pic above).
A fun variation of the nine patch is the disappearing nine patch: essentially, you take your nine patch, cut it in half, and rearrange(see pics above) The disappearing nine patch is a great way to create wonderful dimensionality and complexity with very simple materials.
Make sure to share with me your favourite quilt patterns.