I take photos of my sketches with an 8 Mp phone camera. I usually play around with the colours a bit (in Preview or Photoshop), as the phone camera – or the not-so-bright room where I take the photos – tends to make the white Rhodia dot pad look decidedly blue. I never seem to get the white balance quite right, but as these sketches are just a weekly exercise in creativity and commitment, I don’t mind so much.
Today I gave up on getting it right, and decided instead to get it really wrong:
I kinda like how the electric blue reflects the energy in the design – all straight lines and odd angles. It’s a rare occasion when I stray outside the dots! There are no half-square triangles or rectangles here – it’s all improv*. (Or a very big paper-pieced pattern!)
* For regular readers, it will probably come as no surprise that in the 43 Sunday sketches I’ve posted so far, this is the first time I’ve used the tag ‘improv’.
This design reminds me a little of Sunday sketch #21 : crosses, with perspective*, on a grid, but not quite filling the page. A little like cross-stitch. I like the white eight-pointed star peeking out from between the blocks in the bottom right quadrant.
There are lots of ways to make this design into a quilt… squares on point, using Y-seams (argh!), or lots of little half-square triangles (meaning each ‘X’ would be split into 16 units). But I think the best way would be to make 4 ‘double’ half-square triangles for each ‘X’ block. Make HSTs as normal (i.e. from the dark and light fabrics together, and the two intermediate fabrics together), then add 2 squares of the background fabric to diagonal corners. Sew a line across the small squares, parallel to the first HST seam, and cut off the excess. Ta da! Double HSTs.
* this reminds me of the Graceland graveyard scene in Spinal Tap.
The density of this design (or maybe my tight hashing lines) almost makes it feel like an optical illusion. The repeating unit (a square on point) alternates between black-on-white and white-on-black in each row.
Normally I’d give some hints as to how the design could be made into a quilt pattern – e.g. whether it uses half-square triangles, rectangles or curves. In this case, I think paper piecing would be the best way to manage all those angles and precise points.