During the week, as part of my day job, I had the opportunity to visit Lyons Architecture in Melbourne. As I waited in reception, I had a good look at their little 3D model* of the RMIT University building that’s on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe. If you’re in Melbourne, you probably know it, but have you really looked at it?
I thought I had, but as I inspected the model more closely, I noticed shapes I’d never seen before. Lots of zig-zags and straight lines mixed together to create some cool openings in the facade. Lot of inspiration for quilt designing (after my meeting, of course!).
I co-opted one of these elongated shapes, flipped it on its end, and added a few more using the same style.
Then I messed around with the colour balance in Preview on my Mac, because the original pic that I took of my sketch had way too many blue undertones…. and I liked the dots in my dot pad coming up in that fiery red 🙂
This design could be made into a quilt pattern easily using half-square triangles, squares and rectangles. I wouldn’t translate it into a pattern without first asking Lyons for their permission, given how similar the design is to their original work.
* I would LOVE to have the job of making those 3D models!
I’ll get back to hand-drawing soon, but in the meantime…
This design is similar to Sunday sketch #100, which also combined horizontal, vertical and diagonal strips. In that design, the horizontal and vertical strips in each block touched the adjacent blocks, and the overlap between the strips created sawtooth stars.
In this design, the horizontal and vertical strips create crosses, the diagonal strips create Xs, and the blocks are separated by thin spaces. I also tweaked the sizing so that the strips making up the crosses and Xs are a more similar width.
I really like the potential for colour play with this design! I’m drawn to designs that use a limited palette, because I struggle so much to use colour well. So 2 or 3 colours suits me perfectly. Especially in such a simple yet striking design!
In the first version, the Xs overlay the crosses:
In the second version, the crosses overlay the Xs.
These designs could be made into quilt patterns quite easily using strips (rectangles) and triangles. I love the idea of making a reversible quilt with the two different versions on the front and back (but I’m not so in love with the idea of lining them up perfectly for quilting…!).
I’m always on the lookout for interesting secondary shapes – those shapes that unexpectedly emerge from the whitespace or background of a design. In one of my recent EQ8 sessions (which are becoming longer and more frequent, but unfortunately no less frustrating!), I played around with some lolly/bowtie shapes, and discovered some crosses in the background. With a bit of ingenious spacing and a handy border, I created even more crosses.
Those red and white crosses are all the same size, but the colouring gives them different emphasis. They’re both brought to the foreground though, with the original lolly/bowties disappearing into the background (for me, at least).
Did you notice that I didn’t include the thin black lines in this design? They’re included by default in the blocks, but you can remove them in EQ8 before exporting the design as a PDF. Sometimes I like to keep them, but this time I thought the design looked just as good without them.