Category: Inspiration

Sunday sketch #2

This week’s design is a fairly simple one comprising 4 different square units, each of which is bisected by a bold stripe.

It reminds me a little bit of Rosalie Gascoigne’s works using recycled road signs — like a combination of Tiger, Tiger (1987) and Golden Bamboo (1997).

The units could be paper-pieced for precision. Like last week’s Sunday Sketch, I picture this in a single colour plus white. But mustard yellow with black stripes could work too.

Geometriquilt: Sunday Sketch #2


Sunday sketch #1

I’m great with deadlines, but usually only if someone else sets them. When it comes to getting stuff done, I respond much better to external demands than to my own self-imposed pressure. Which might explain why I haven’t updated this blog in awhile, and why I don’t sew nearly as much as I’d like to….

Lately I’ve made time to sketch quilt designs, and it’s been a real boost to my creative energy. I switch between a Rhodia dot pad and a Moleskine squared notebook. I use a fountain pen or a ballpoint pen. I doodle and faff until I hit on some idea or design that I feel like completing. Some days I end up with lots to like; other days, not so much.

So to solve the problem of what to do with this blog, and to give myself an incentive to keep sketching, I’m going to start a weekly series: Sunday sketch. I’ll upload pics of my designs from the previous week, alone or with a brief commentary. If any of the designs ever progresses to a quilt pattern or an actual quilt, I’ll post that too.

Geometriquilt: Sunday Sketch #1

First up: an effort from the past few weeks. I haven’t experimented much with half-rectangle triangles or flying geese yet (despite having BlocLoc rulers specific for both), but I like the idea of combining them in a single colour. I chose blue because I had a blue pencil handy, but I can picture this in another colour, or in scrappy and low-volume fabrics.




I love the simplicity and colours in this Stars & 4-Patches quilt from Lisa Calle’s Vintage Modern Quilts site. (This is 1 of 21 quilts she made in 2013!!!) I might have to put this one on my list — at least it would get me some experience with triangles.

(Is Texas the quilt capital of the world…? So many good shops and blogs seem to be there….)