ALPHA (with Piecing Grid)
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Quilt Notes: ALPHA, a 4-patch block, is one of those geometrically fascinating, exquisitely named quilt patterns unique to Maggie Malone's 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS (#2123).
ALPHA, being the first letter of the Greek alphabet, is therefore symbolic of the root of things, the fundamental and pristinely simple, as illustrated upper left. Nevertheless the name also brings to mind the whole of the Greek alphabet, and therefore relates to the expression "Alpha and Omega," referring to a complete cycle, or embracing an impossible to define plenitude.
The center opening of the block has a birthing feel to it, maybe arising out of chaos, since the surrounding pieces are unusually staggered and asymmetrical. ALPHA might be connected to the advent of new celestial phenomena, the birth of a new star, for instance. Scroll below to see this sort of cosmic interpretation (upper right) as it plays out in the tiling pattern.
The Greek alphabet has a lovely, joyous rhythm when it is recited — listen to the letters pronounced (opens in new window, with an animation of the design, soundfile from Wikimedia Commons). Other Maggie Malone designs at this site unique to her compendium, include:
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