It turns out there are many ways for a series of arrows to follow a loop… in Sunday sketch #80, the loop was kinda circular, and in #81, it was kinda square. Here’s another square-shaped block based on the same concept.
Instead of a closed octagon as the centre shape, it’s an open (that is, not fully enclosed) square. Putting the blocks together without sashing would give you offset squares at the corners, and some almost-kite shapes (paired to look like little bow-ties) along the edges.
This design could be made using half-square triangles and a few squares and rectangles.
This week’s sketch is a more condensed version of last week’s; instead of a 9 x 9 block, each wreath / star shape fits into a 7 x 7 block, with no sashing in between.
I really like the secondary shapes that emerge from this design. It’s easier to see them when you colour the sketch in reverse:
Don’t the wreath / star shapes look like suns? The vertices between the suns are close to suffering from the same fate as Sunday sketch #45, but I think (hope) that the other movement in this sketch pushes the undesirable elements to the background.
This sketch could be made into a quilt pattern using half-square triangles to create the blocks, which are set on point.
Recently I revisited some half-finished sketches for new ideas. I found a design for a circle of arrows that ends up looking a bit like a wreath – I’d never quite finished it, but knew how I wanted it to look. A bit more sketching, and I was happy with the block design. Tiling the block produces a simple pattern with some circular motion.
Removing the sashing between the blocks produces a slightly tighter design, with some more interesting secondary shapes.
These 9 x 9 blocks could be made using half-square triangles, squares and rectangles.