Sunday sketch #242

This week’s series of designs is all about retro windmills. And pinwheels. Can you say that ten times fast…?

I came up with this design very quickly in EQ8. I started with an idea of adding a curve to a half-rectangle triangle (why not?), and then playing with placement. I made a square block with two of those shapes facing each other, then repeated them, and rotated them. Then tried to find some retro colour schemes that would fit this mid-century-modern-ish design!

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #242-1

The design offers lots of colouring options (from simple to more complicated). This one reminds me of cotton swabs. I can’t decide if this one’s really my favourite….

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #242-4

More complicated colouring just seems to detract from the simple yet striking design.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #242-2

Rotating the blocks provides even more colouring options. Check out the pinwheel shapes that emerge when you turn each block 90 degrees. (The windmill shapes are still there too.)

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #242-3

The design works in many different combinations of three colours (or two plus white).

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #242-5

I can create a similar effect with just the pinwheels instead. Same blocks, small variation.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #242-6

Turning the blocks again can produce a slightly chaotic design. I like this one – at first glance it seems disordered, but when you look more closely, you can see that it’s actually a regular, repetitive layout. The windmill shapes are still there; there are just fewer of them (only four complete windmills per colour), with hints of others around the outside.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #242-7

I stuck with the slightly offset layout, just for something different. But many of these designs would work in a square layout with smaller, matching borders (or none at all).

Each block is made up of drunkard’s path blocks or semicircles, plus two half-rectangle triangles. A chain-piecing dream!