Sunday sketch #265

I’ve had an idea in my mind for a while now – something about diamonds embedded in other shapes. It’s not fully formed in my brain… so I’ve been playing around a bit in EQ8 with diamond shapes.

This isn’t the idea I had in mind…! But I liked it enough to pursue it for awhile. The main shape is a bit like the triangle-in-a-square block from Sunday sketch #243 (and subsequent weeks), although the tip of the triangle doesn’t reach the top of the block here. This block has the same versatility though, and the addition of the thin border and sashing provides another spot for using colour.

I had to use acid yellow again! I mentioned on Instagram lately that I think it needs to be in every quilt design from now on….

So there are loads of ways to rotate and colour these blocks. Lots of layout options!

And the same layout can be coloured in different ways, leading to a quite different look and feel.

It can also be pared back in terms of palette, with only 4 colours instead of 5.

And the shapes can be grouped in different ways (using colour again) to give the impression of larger blocks.

Lots of options! These designs would all be pretty easy to make – I think freezer or foundation paper-piecing would be the way to go. (That’s what I’d prefer, to get the thin sashing nice and straight and even.) And one benefit of a design with lots of the same block is that you can save lots of time by chain piecing.

So, this doesn’t solve the problem of the other diamond design I need to work out…! If I can get the vague idea in my head into , you’ll be the first to see 🙂

Sunday sketch #264

This week’s design feels like a palate cleanser. Like a lemon sorbet between courses. A relatively simple block-based design with a gentle pastel palette!

I actually started with a much simpler design, but decided that it felt a bit too empty. Maybe because of the pastel palette rather than the overall layout?

I like the reverse colourway better. I’ve added sashing to separate the blocks (they look too crowded otherwise). Here there are in just one colour per block, with the dark blue (actually more like purple!) corner pieces helping to tie the blocks together.

That darker colour can be used on other pieces within the block, too.

And here’s an alternating arrangement, which I like too!

And, finally, a super-light palette with only the pastels. Removing that darker colour gives a whole new look to this design.

This is one of those designs where I didn’t put much thought into how it could actually be made into a quilt. I’d probably construct the blocks on point. (And, if you tilt your head 45 degrees, you can get an idea of what a on-point layout might look.) I think the blocks could be made from squares, rectangles, and some half-square triangles.

Sunday sketch #263

This week’s design is pretty basic (very basic!) but I’m OK with that. I love how the overall layout feels fun and off-kilter because of the different sashing widths. I love the colour palette and those pops of acid yellow. And I love all the movement created by two of the most basic blocks around: half-square triangles and drunkard’s paths.

Here it is without the extra sashing around the HSTs and without the acid yellow.

Wouldn’t this make a great stash-buster pattern? Pick a colour palette and then just start mixing and matching prints (or solids). Quick and easy!