So, remember last week’s block? (Wi-fi gone wild? 🙂 ) This week’s block is a slightly simpler version (fewer concentric circles), arranged on point, and connected to adjacent blocks in a single continuous line.
Which presents some weird and wonderful opportunities for colour play…
I love this bright green! Here’s the reverse colourway.
The dark lines just call for a circular shape in the background. I actually started with full circles before playing with the three-quarter circles in the two designs above.
Maybe that one’s a bit too busy. Plain circles work too. (I pretty much think anything in this colour works though.)
If you ignore the background circles and just focus on the dark lines, you can see that they create repetitive, interlocking jigsaw-like pieces (2 whole pieces, 4 half-pieces, and 2 quarter-pieces). Colouring the pieces in an alternating colourway reveals what I mean…
And a reverse colourway:
I think these last 2 designs look like a completely different quilt than the first set of designs. Isn’t it amazing how colour (fabric) placement makes such a huge difference?
Like last week’s designs, this week’s Sunday sketch could be made into a quilt most easily using curved templates.
More curves this week. I used a similar block design in Sunday sketches #203 and #204 – a drunkard’s path-like block of concentric circles. Anyway, this time I rotated the blocks randomly. And connected them to each other, or to themselves, so that the lines continue around the design. Sometimes they create enclosed shapes, other times they double back on themselves or reach dead ends.
I like the movement in designs like this. Even though it’s not a regular, repetitive design, it still adheres to several (self-imposed) rules. So, controlled chaos. The best kind! 🙂
And, of course, there’s always the inverse colourway.
This design would probably need to be made with templates and/or paper piecing, for accuracy. I’m not a big fan of foundation paper piecing – I want to love it, but it causes me no end of grief to (a) sew and (b) write patterns for. (When I lived in Ireland, I once heard someone describe Guinness as “an acquired taste that I have yet to acquire” haha – that’s foundation paper piecing for me.)
Anyway. I still love the look of this design!
Some more simple curves this week. I guess this is much the same design as last week’s Sunday sketch, only coloured very differently!
Colour-blocking curves, made from four drunkard’s path units arranged into circles. There are lots of ways you can arrange the colour blocks. The design above is almost like a plaid; the design below uses the same lines but a different colour arrangement.
And, of course, you can play with the line placement as well.
Or pull some shapes to the foreground while pushing others to the background. In the next version of this design, I introduced white squares by colouring the curvy diamonds in yellow and grey.
And then played around with other background shapes, to emphasise different features. Now there are white corner curves, half-circles and even a full circle, all created by colouring their background shapes.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using just drunkard’s path units. You could make nice large curves – 6″ drunkard’s path units would make 12″ circles, which would make a 48″ square quilt using this design. You could make it even bigger by adding blocks or by scaling up the curves (and the bigger they go, the easier they’d be to sew!). So much potential in such a simple design.