The 57th block of The Splendid Sampler™ is called “Starting point”, by Lissa Alexander. It was an easy, quick pieced block, and if it hadn’t been for a little error, it would have been put together in one hour.
That little error: I carried a slightly off seam from the original four patch, so at the end the block was bigger than 6 ½”. And yes, I took off all the seams until the central four patch and rebuilt the whole thing. The final block is slightly off at its margins due a first intent of fixing things by cutting (!!), but nothing that can’t be fixed with the sashing.
The reason I didn’t want to remake the block from scratch was that I built it from scraps (and I’m starting to run short of big pieces of fabric! So using scraps is turning essential!). I played with lighter fabrics for this one, and I love the result. Hence my perseverance in rebuilding it.
This block would make for a gorgeous quilt on its own, either scrappy or playing with the diagonals to join the blocks in an Irish-chain style. Lots of possibilities, as it can be seen at the link party (with the block’s info) here.