Recently I created a bunch of related designs that I figured I’d just post together, since they’re so similar. They’re all based on triangles – mostly half-square triangles, but also some flying geese and some elongated diamond shapes (rhombi!).
I wanted to recreate the feel of my Heartbreaker quilt pattern – those long diagonal lines created by adjacent half-square triangles – and ended up sketching one design after another on my Rhodia dot pad. There really are no limits to how you can use those shapes in that way.
I love the energy and movement in these designs, and the way they evoke electricity pylons, or maybe cranes, or building scaffolding.
I plan to keep sketching more along this theme. I’d love to try making one of these designs into an actual quilt. I’d prefer to use piecing, although I think you could also make these designs using appliquéd bias strips (if you had a very steady hand or a long straight edge!).
I’m a sucker for a good star quilt. I’ve even collected a bunch of my favourites in a Pinterest board.
So I made my own star-in-a-star design. Twice the twinkle! 😉
I separated the centre 4 half-square triangles and the triangle-in-a-square blocks to create a kind of halo in the middle of the block. The half-square triangles in the corners end up framing the halo nicely. I couldn’t decide if I liked the more saturated colours in the middle or on the outside, so I just alternated them instead.
The design can look just as cute in two colours…
This design is so simple that I wouldn’t be surprised if there were other similar ones out there. To make this design into a quilt, you’d just need just some half-square triangles, squares, rectangles, and triangle-in-a-square blocks. Super simple!
When I get a particular design idea in my head, I almost always create a repetitive, consistent version first before branching out with more improv variations. It’s like I need to follow the rules before breaking them. This week’s design is no exception: after using the same V-shaped series of lines in Sunday sketches #147 and #152, I tried a more random approach.
Like last week’s design, this one would require a bit of skill either piecing very skinny strips or appliquéing strips nice and straight (neither of which I’d be very good at!).
I could continue this design theme by extending the lines in either direction, angling them again to create another arrow, moving the arrows closer together or further apart, or staggering the beginning/ends of the lines, so they don’t all have the same length. Lots of possibilities!