Three Split Sticks is a simple block that can be colored in a wide variety of ways and then combined in various configurations to form several beautiful designs. Each block contains three long rectangular sections that are diagonally split in the center, or “three split sticks.” Each block measures 6 inches square when finished, but you can easily increase the scale if you wish.
The design in the first product image looks very similar to a popular design called Tessellating Stars, which to the best of my knowledge was introduced in 1992 by Jackie Robinson in her book Tessellations. The difference is that the Three Split Sticks block is just a little more complex because all three sections of the block are split, whereas only the center section is split in the Tessellating Stars design.
The result of this added complexity is a wider variety of designs that can be formed from this one block. The construction of the block is very simple. The real challenge with this block is visualizing how to color the block to achieve a pleasing design. Therefore, much of this 6-page PDF pattern is devoted to diagramming a variety of ways to apply color and value to the block—and the resulting designs. After studying these examples, you will be able to use your own creativity to come up with even more variations. This block also works well in a scrap quilt, and a sample scrap quilt is shown in the pattern and in the fourth product image.
When you purchase this pattern, you will also receive my free 5-page PDF tool for calculating yardage, shown in the last product image. This Yardage Calculator will not only guide you in determining your yardage requirements, but it will also guide you in cutting pieces for your quilt from strips. You can use this tool with any quilt pattern, not just with my designs.