Sunday sketch #29

More on the theme of overlapping octagons.

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The colour combinations with designs like these are almost endless, and provide the perfect opportunity for creating transparency effects.

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Even the simpler, more regular patterns create lots of interesting little secondary shapes. Squares within squares within squares.

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As with my previous octagon-based designs, these ones could be made using mostly squares, half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles. Setting on-point might be easier, as it would require mostly squares, quarter-square triangles and rectangles.

Sunday sketch #28

Overlapping octagons make some lovely secondary shapes…

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Three different shades highlight where the octagons overlap once, twice or three times.

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This design could be made as-is using squares, rectangles and half-square triangles. Or you could turn it 90 degrees and make it on point using mostly squares and rectangles and a few quarter-square triangles. Following the shading shown here, you’d need only 4 colours.

This design would be perfect for playing with transparency – combining fabric and colours to create the effect of translucent layers. To see what I mean, check out my Pinterest board Quilts: Transparency.

 

 

Sunday sketch #27

Welcome to the first Sunday sketch of 2017!

Regular readers will know how much I love consistency, regularity and repetition. I often start my sketching with a single unit (like a shape, pattern or block) and play around with minor adjustments to see if I can make it into something completely new or different.

This week, starting with just one block led to a series of blocks that echo its original outline…

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I love this block outline. I’m very tempted to make a quilt sampler of these blocks in a limited colour palette. (For an example of how stunning this effect can be, check out Sofie Nix’s (@augenbeere) Summer Sampler quilt blocks on Instagram.)

Since we’re starting a new year, here are some of my resolutions for 2017:

  • stop lazily taking photos with my iPhone, and start taking better pics with our Canon instead
  • learn Photoshop, so I can start fixing all the dodgy colour balance I get when taking photos in a house with poor natural lighting
  • more sketching!

Happy New Year.