Following on from last week, another sketch that incorporates a design element and its reverse colourway.
Black on white, or white on black? I like the fact that your eye settles on one before realising that the other’s there too.
I took this design a little further, extending those chevron-limbed arms out in both directions.
Because of the overall colour placement, the left side of this design seems to be the ‘opposite’ of the right side – but really, they’re both the same, just offset by one row. I just love this effect.
Like last week‘s design, this one could be made using half-rectangle triangles and long vertical sashing, or columns of angled strips. It would work well in solids (of course), but could also be a great way to feature one or two bold prints.
I’m so excited to share a new quilt pattern with you – Sound Maze – which is on the cover of the July/August 2018 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine.
Sound Maze was based on an Excel design that I created last year but never posted on Instagram.
I was playing around with the idea of repeating a single block (with minor variations) so that a single line could be traced around the quilt from one end to the other. In the image above, you can see that the white line starts at the top left and ends at the bottom right (the only two places where the white line meets the quilt edge). The square waves made me think of sound waves, hence the name.
The quilt top is all strips, so came together really quickly. I used Kona Cotton Solids in Riviera and White, with a Carolyn Friedlander widescreen on the back.
Because the quilt is much bigger than I’ve made before (86.5″ square), and because I had a tight deadline, I knew I couldn’t quilt it myself. Instead, I went to Carolyn Murfitt of Free Bird Quilting Designs. Carolyn’s known for her beautiful, colourful appliqué designs and her intricate custom quilting, but she also offers edge-to-edge quilting services and could squeeze me in at short notice. Carolyn was so helpful, offering lots of advice (and encouragement, since I was super-nervous!) on the best design and thread colour. I’m so happy with her work, and so pleased that it could be showcased on the cover of Modern Patchwork.
If you want to check out Sound Maze, the July/August 2018 issue of Modern Patchwork is on sale now (and will hit newsstands on June 26).
I think of my sketches as being two-colour, even thought it might be more accurate to call them monochromatic – I usually use one pen (black, more often than not) and then rely on the paper itself to act as the second ‘colour’.* Apart from making my life a bit simpler, two-colour sketches help me to focus on the design itself rather than get distracted by colour.
Another benefit of two-colour designs is that they’re great for playing with reverse colourways. It’s much easier to create a design and then incorporate its opposite.
This design reminds me of zippers or tire treads. Depending on how you look at it, it could be white on black or black on white. Even though it looks like the top and bottom parts of this sketch are in reverse colourways, they’re not; only the direction of the ‘zips’ is different.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using half-rectangle triangles and vertical sashing, or long columns of angled strips.
* I know, I know: black and white aren’t colours. But you know what I mean.