Sunday sketch #108

I try to find inspiration everywhere. When I see an interesting shape or feature, I’ll take a photo of it on my phone or sketch it in my dot pad. I’ve also got a whole Pinterest board of quilty inspiration, along with a folder of screenshots on my laptop.

Recently when reading a New York Times Style Magazine article on couture week in Paris (why not!), I spotted a beautiful design in a short veil in Christian Dior’s autumn 2018 haute couture collection:

Screen Shot 2018-07-18 at 8.50.56 PM

Such a simple idea, yet so stunning. I started playing around with it in Electric Quilt 8. I didn’t recreate it exactly, but used the idea as the basis of a cross-based, criss-crossed design. Here’s what I came up with:

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #108-1

In the original, the diamond shapes have a cross at every corner, whereas mine have only 2. It took me awhile to tweak the block design, but I wanted to make sure that the diagonals lined up properly, creating straight lines from one block to the next.

The design works in the reverse colourway too (and at a slightly smaller scale):

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #108-2

Isn’t it lovely?

These blocks could be made using a variety of squares, rectangles and triangles. Paper piecing might help to get the diagonal strips just right.

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