Many quilters have no doubt heard the story of the "humble block" (aka humility block). For decades quilting folklore said that Amish quilters would purposefully include a mistake in their quilts because "only God could make something perfect."
As any quilter knows, it is oh so very easy to make a mistake when putting together a quilt, so this tale always seemed rather foolish to me. I confess, I'd begun to think that the Amish ladies might be just a tetch conceited about their work.
As it turns out, the tale of the humble block is a 20th century fabrication. I feel certain it was probably started by some pompous seamstress proudly showing her latest creation to her friends, only to have an error pointed out.
Source: Hart Cottage Quilts
(And I reckon this
is really the only reason I wrote this node.)