You might be able to see the similarities between this week’s Sunday sketch and last week’s. Instead of a central diamond (or square on point) for the pill shape, I’ve just used a circle. Depending on how you look at it (or what colours you use), the circle can look like the shape created by two overlapping pill shapes.
Here I’ve just picked five colours and applied them in a regular pattern.
Paring back the design a little focuses only on those long pill shapes.
In the next two versions, I’ve used the same colour consistently for the shapes running horizontally (pink or yellow) or diagonally (green or pale pink). The centre spots are all the same colour.
But I could also go in the opposite direction and use a random mix of colours and positions. This one’s my favourite!
Of course, the design can also be rotated by 90 degrees so that the shapes run horizontally. Here I’ve limited the centre circles to just two colours, and run them vertically.
Or you could flip the design back so that the shapes are vertical again, but with the colours running diagonal. Don’t these look like lipsticks all lined up? OK, maybe not the yellow ones… 😉
These designs could all be made with drunkard’s path or semi-circle blocks, plus some rectangles and sashing. There’s lots of repetition in these designs, which lends itself well to chain-piecing!
I’m not sure what this week’s Sunday sketch reminds me of… those beaded curtains that were popular a few decades ago, maybe? Or a chandelier with hanging gems of different shapes and sizes? I’m getting a macramé vibe, or maybe it’s mid-century modern. I dunno. It’s feeling retro for some reason, anyway. Maybe it’s just the colours?
Adding the half-blocks to the top and bottom rows fills the design out a little.
And those inner diamond shapes can be coloured differently too. This version reminds me of baby chicks opening their beaks wiiiiiide for a food delivery!
Or the blocks can be coloured differently top and bottom.
This design combines curves and angles, so would probably be best done with templates.
I was inspired to play with a kite block recently, and discovered that it can be used to create a million different designs!
I only played with a handful of the usual colours, but even with a limited palette, the design variations seemed endless.
And a zig-zaggy one to end on! I love how the right shading can make this design look a bit 3D.
All these designs are just a grid of kite blocks on repeat, with the ‘kite’ pointing in different directions and coloured differently. I’d probably use paper-piecing to get precise blocks, which would help to keep the long lines (created by multiple blocks) straight, with nicely matched seams. Get into a chain-piecing workflow with a bunch of printed papers, and you’d have one of these designs sewn up in no time.