I saw a bank advertisement that featured arrows (inspiration is everywhere!), which prompted me to play in Electric Quilt 8. Of course, I usually start with a regular design of repeating units…
…before allowing myself to relax the rules and play around with the layout.
I decided to modify these arrows slightly by changing the ends of the arms (do those bits have a name?) from blunt to angled. This also has the effect of creating sharper squares out of the negative space between the arrows – suddenly those 9 squares in the middle jump out more clearly. Can you see them?
I’m not sure which design I prefer. Each one has its advantages!
There are a few different ways you could translate this design into an actual quilt pattern. Each block could comprise 4 half-arrows that meet in the middle. Or a block could contain just one double-ended arrow, positioned diagonally across; setting the blocks on point and separating them with thin sashing would create the same end result.
Either way, I’d be tempted to use paper piecing to create these thin lines, but that’s only because I don’t trust my sewing skills to get them as sharp and consistent as I’d like them.
A really simple design this week – inspired by a t-shirt that I spotted in a random TV show this week. Ideas can come from anywhere!
I’ve only just realised this is another chevron design. I seem to have a thing for them lately!
This is a simple 4 x 4 arrangement of a single block, just rotated 90, 180 or 270 degrees. I put a frame around this image here, just so it wasn’t floating on the page. But I like the idea of a quilt design without a coloured border or binding, so these thin strips are the focus.
I’d probably paper-piece these blocks for precision, although I know some people are very good at piecing thin strips the normal way! 😉
If you’ve followed my Sunday sketches (here or on Instagram) for awhile, you’ll know that I often reuse the same shape in different orientations or arrangements. This week’s sketch uses the same shape as Sunday sketches #138 and #139 – a sort of origami chevron.
Because of its angles and lines, the shape nests in really interesting ways. With this design, I started at one end of the page and meandered towards the opposite edge with no real plan in mind.
The rows of shapes alternate in direction – pointing up or down – which could be highlighted using different colours or fabric combinations.
This week’s design would be slightly easier to make than last week’s, as it can be broken down into separate rows – particularly if the shapes are made using flying geese and quarter-square blocks.