There's been some discussion on the HeartStrings group about the string blocks being too busy or even *ugly* when set together. Patti suggested pairing up a HeartStrings block with a solid background to create a Half Square Triangle block - similar to my Half Square Strings but having the strings run perpendicular not parallel. Rita suggested that an EQ drawing might help so I played about a bit.
I didn't particularly care for the first version but did like the *X* version better. I decided to throw in an Hourglass version too similiar to my Hourglass Strings. I also think sashing these blocks is also a way to calm things down for those that find them too busy.
Keep in mind that I LIKE the blocks set straight and don't find them too busy but I do like seeing lots of variations of the same quilt and I want people to like the quilts they're making. I've enjoyed the discussion that this has generated on the list.
A couple links showing how to make the half square triangle blocks
Quick and Easy Half Square Triangle units
Half Square Triange Tutorial (also shows how to make the hourglass blocks)