Some ideas to transform the Split Nine Patch block into something more...
Use all sorts of fabrics for this scrappy version of a Split Nine Patch quilt. This will test your ability to keep to a very strict color palatte and/or color value. Do this quilt with 2½ squares, or jelly rolls, and add a 3 inch (finished) border and you have a great size for ABC quilts.
Make a sampler or orphan block quilt using the Split Nine Patch block as a background and layout for the blocks.
Block within a Block
Now it's time to try and figure out how to make all these quilts I keep doing on the computer in real life.