I’m really stuck on triangles at the moment. When sketching for this week’s post, triangles soon morphed into diagonal lines…which created stripes… which presented the opportunity to mix direction and shading to produce some interesting movement.
There’s some real potential for striking colour play here too, but of course it’ll take me a while to explore that 🙂
This sketch is a little like Sunday sketch #34, which I designed using Excel. They both feature diagonal, crossed stripes, but #34 had blunt ends whereas these are angled. I’ve also mixed these blocks up rather than arranging them in a sawtooth star configuration.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using half-square and quarter-square triangles, but I’ll probably use a foundation paper-piecing template instead. I’m not convinced that I’d achieve the required precision using normal piecing. I’ve also struggled to sew strips perfectly straight with regular piecing; I always seem to end up with a slight curve.
I haven’t had any long sketching sessions lately, so I’ve been digging through my files to find older ‘sketches’ that I feel like exploring further. In Sunday sketch #12, I looked at several different ways of arranging the kite-in-a-square unit to create new designs.
I wrote (over a year ago now!) that one of the sketches reminded me of the sawtooth, serrated leaves of Banksia species. One minor tweak – shifting each column ever so slightly – aligns them by their kite tips, retaining that serrated look but also creating some interesting secondary shapes. I love the columns that emerge, which you can see more clearly when some of the ‘leaves’ are left unshaded:
I love the bold and jagged nature of this design. I’m very tempted to make this into a simple pattern. It’s only kite-in-a-square units, and each one could be made using foundation paper piecing or a Bloc Loc ruler for accuracy.
Back to Excel this week for a few flying geese.
Whenever I create a design that feels familiar, I have a look through my own Pinterest feeds to see if someone else has done something similar (in which case, I wouldn’t post mine). I couldn’t see any quilt patterns with this design, but that’s not to say none exists – just that I haven’t seen it yet.*
There’s lots of scope for colour play with this design – highlighting the flying geese or the diamond-like HST pairs between them.
The easiest way to make this sketch into a quilt would be to use flying geese in pairs to make squares, then stack the squares around a solid central square to make each block.
*Update [6 November 2017]: On a Monday-night Instagram scrolling session, I found a very similar block on @harriandbear‘s feed that Vanessa had made as part of the Project 48 Quilt in 2016. The block was designed by Keera Job, and you can see her version on her Instagram feed. It’s identical in appearance to the block that makes up this quilt design; the only difference is that Keera’s flying geese units are 1.5″ x 3″ (Project 48 quilt blocks measure 9″ finished), whereas I’d envisioned the flying geese as 3″ x 6″, which would make each block 18″ square. I don’t recall seeing Keera’s design before (even though I’m involved in Project 48 this year), but perhaps it lodged in my brain ages ago and just resurfaced recently. Or perhaps different people can inadvertently come up with similar quilt designs, particularly when using the same traditional quilting shapes.