I can’t be the only one struggling to focus lately. Working from home is pretty normal for me, and I don’t have kids or pets. So life shouldn’t feel too different when socially distancing… but somehow it does.
I haven’t done any sketching in the past few weeks, so I revisited an old design that I wasn’t originally happy with. I feel like we all need something happy to look at!
This is all simple drunkard’s paths and squares, separated by thin sashing. Another one that would work as a scrappy quilt, or in all solids, or using coordinating fabrics.
I hope you’re all hanging in there, wherever you are in the world and however much coronavirus has disrupted your life and livelihood.
This week’s sketch is another super-simple one with lots of potential for colourplay and even different blocks.
Angle your head by 45 degrees and you can see that these are just square blocks arranged on point. Most of the blocks are either white background or coloured foreground squares. The other blocks are half-snowballs (basically a square with two opposite corners lopped off) and diamond shapes.
I originally started with the two easiest shapes, which might make the grid layout more obvious:
And, since it feels a bit like a chandelier or necklace, I played around with some negative space too…
This would be a great design for a quick and simple scrappy quilt. Many of us have a lot more time up our sleeves now, so feel free to whip one up if you’ve got the scraps!
I haven’t used Excel in ages, but I wanted to play around with straight lines, and I knew it would be quicker and easier than figuring it out in Electric Quilt 8.
This seemed like the perfect design for a little subtraction – letting the design cross the page, but taking out a few bits and pieces here and there, so it’s not completely symmetrical. Almost like it started out complete and has been worn away in places over time.
One of the disadvantages of Excel is that I can’t easily play around with colour. I think I’d have to select all the cells of each colour to change them. Which definitely falls into the ‘too hard’ basket, hence only one colourway today 🙂