Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – Block Repeat

Vintage Fabric ~ Strawberries and Daisies

This pattern (from the collection of Niesz Vintage Fabric on Flickr) represents to me how the distinction between block and drop repeats isn’t really so cut-and-dried. Since both types are ultimately rectangular, they can be embedded in one another. Here, if the strawberries were all pointed in the same direction, this would be a half-drop, and the repeating would be the pink box. But since every other column of strawberries is reversed, the white box captures the entire repeating unit.

Clear as mud? Maybe it’ll make more sense next week as we tackle the half-drop.

2 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    Hello! I just read the above info (which is soo true!). The last sentence says: “…every other column of strawberries is reversed, the pink box captures the entire repeating unit.” I think there’s a mistake in there and it should say: “… every other column of strawberries is reversed, the ‘white’ box captures the entire repeating unit.”

    I love this about square, and half drop repeats… like you said, they are “embedded” within each other! There’s something mysterious and perfect about that… :)

  2. Since you’ve started this “Pattern Types” daily swatch series, I’ve been looking at all of my fabrics much more closely. :-)

    Its almost a game now to try and figure out what pattern type they are. Not completely sure what a half-drop would be, but I guess I’ll find that out next week.

    Oh, and thanks for the mention!

    Kimberly