I’ve been playing with a new shape this week, sketching it over and over again in new orientations. The repetition is meditative!
Like last week’s sketch, I redrew this sketch in Electric Quilt 8, just to play with the colours. For lack of any better ideas, I stuck with two of my favourite colours.
This block – does it have a name, that heart-ish, arrow-ish block? – is so versatile, and it would be easy to make. A quarter-square triangle on top of a flying geese unit, or a square and some half-square triangles… there are a few different ways to approach this block, all of them fairly easy.
Next week, I’ll share some related designs using this block.
Back to basics this week, with a very minimalist hand-drawn sketch.
I was caught out without my Rhodia dot pad, so just used a gridded Moleskine notebook that I always keep in my bag. The corners are a bit dog-eared, but it does the trick!
Sometimes I’ll redraw sketches in EQ8 so that I can play around with colour a bit. Having said that, I still struggle to find colour palettes that look good, so I tend to stick with the same colours/shades for awhile… this is clearly my ‘teal period’:
I originally wanted to keep the centre squares the same colour, to make it more obvious that they’re immovable regardless of where the ‘bars’ are coming from. But in the end, I liked a mix of shades and tints more.
It’s funny, but sometimes colouring a design will help me to see areas of imbalance or asymmetry (which I tend to avoid). In this design, I can see that I’d probably rotate the bottom-right square 180 degrees – both to avoid two adjacent squares having the bar jutting out from the top left, and to add a square with the bar coming from the bottom right, because there aren’t many of those in the vicinity. Then again, that would mean that 3 of the 4 corner pieces have the bar coming from the same direction… which might also bug me. Designs like this one can take me a long time to finalise 🙂
This design would be super-easy to make into a quilt… it’s all rectangles, squares and half-square triangles.
I realised afterwards that my design is somewhat similar to the ‘Corner Lot‘ quilt pattern by Craftsy.* I don’t know who the designer is (Craftsy doesn’t say), but I L♥O♥V♥E their colour palette!
* Not an affiliate link, because I don’t do those.
This week’s sketch is based entirely on the star motif from last week‘s sketch.
The geometry of the eight-pointed stars means that they join up with their neighbours in really pleasing ways, and then create a nice secondary shape (coloured here in various shades of teal) in the interstitial spaces.
These stars remind me of those pesky little plant burrs that can stick to your socks!
This is the last in the series of related quilt designs that started with Sunday sketch #132. I wanted to give you a little insight into how I come up with ideas; more often than not, one design will spark loads more. A few small changes here and there produce new designs that start to look less and less like the original.
I find this kind of iterative process easier and quicker to manage in Electric Quilt 8, because I can see pretty quickly how a simple change (to geometry or colour) will translate across an entire quilt. But I’ve also gone through similar processes when hand-sketching; it just takes longer, and my hand hurts more at the end of it. 🙂