This week’s design is almost identical to last week’s, but with one small change. That tweak has created a whole new design with much more movement and colouring opportunities. Can you see what’s different?
I tried a few other colour combinations, and used transparency in each one.
The difference is that instead of using a simple square as the middle block in each ‘flower’ shape, it’s now a square-in-a-square block.
Remember last week’s chonky flowers? Here they are with square-in-a-square centres:
(Also, I’m in love with that blue and dark grey colour combo.) Here’s some more flowery palettes.
I prefer the chonkier flowers from last week; they’re less refined but just strike me as happier and funnier (and more fun).
But this new design creates opportunities for moving away from ‘flowers’ into other more abstract shapes. There’s now a connection between the different ‘arms’ of each shape – instead of the north/south/east/west arms being separate from each other, they’re now connected to adjacent arms through that centre piece. This creates a bunch of 90-degree ‘V’ shapes that can be coloured separately.
I’m still playing with these shapes, so I may have more related designs to share next week!
A fun, simple flower design to start (or end?) the week! I love a good star block, and a small tweak can often turn a star into a flower.
This is the sort of design that looks cute in a bunch of different colours. Bright colours against a light background, or more saturated colours against a darker background… they all work.
This design features many of my usual features – like symmetry and repetition. I played with it a bit more after making these versions, so expect a few more iterations in coming weeks.
These designs are made using a (modified) triangle-in-a-square block, and a bunch of squares. You could use a template or foundation paper piecing to do the triangle-in-a-square block, or even try doing it freehand, improv style. I think either way would look good.
This week’s series of designs is all about retro windmills. And pinwheels. Can you say that ten times fast…?
I came up with this design very quickly in EQ8. I started with an idea of adding a curve to a half-rectangle triangle (why not?), and then playing with placement. I made a square block with two of those shapes facing each other, then repeated them, and rotated them. Then tried to find some retro colour schemes that would fit this mid-century-modern-ish design!
The design offers lots of colouring options (from simple to more complicated). This one reminds me of cotton swabs. I can’t decide if this one’s really my favourite….
More complicated colouring just seems to detract from the simple yet striking design.
Rotating the blocks provides even more colouring options. Check out the pinwheel shapes that emerge when you turn each block 90 degrees. (The windmill shapes are still there too.)
The design works in many different combinations of three colours (or two plus white).
I can create a similar effect with just the pinwheels instead. Same blocks, small variation.
Turning the blocks again can produce a slightly chaotic design. I like this one – at first glance it seems disordered, but when you look more closely, you can see that it’s actually a regular, repetitive layout. The windmill shapes are still there; there are just fewer of them (only four complete windmills per colour), with hints of others around the outside.
I stuck with the slightly offset layout, just for something different. But many of these designs would work in a square layout with smaller, matching borders (or none at all).
Each block is made up of drunkard’s path blocks or semicircles, plus two half-rectangle triangles. A chain-piecing dream!