I think this is the first time that I’ve featured curves in my Sunday sketches. And it only took 107 weeks…!
I mentioned last week that there are a few things that Electric Quilt 8 is particular good at. There’s one more: curves! I can’t do curves with a pen and paper… at least, not very well. But they’re a cinch with EQ8.
This is one of several curvy designs that I’ve created recently. They all tend to use the double drunkard’s path block, which I really like. I want to try making one of them soon, but did I mention that I’ve only sewn one (single) drunkard’s path block in my whole quilting career…? It wasn’t pretty. I’ll need a lot of practice if I want to get better. Luckily I bought a 7″ template from Papper, Sax, Sten, which should help!
A few months ago, I posted a series of Sunday sketches that I designed using Electric Quilt 8 (#88, 89, 91–93). But after that, I made a concerted effort to stop designing in EQ8 for awhile and return to pen and paper. It was actually quite difficult to tear myself away from the computer and get back into a slower – but ultimately more satisfying – way of working.
I’ve struggled to use EQ8, for a few reasons. It doesn’t feel intuitive to me, so I feel like I’m wasting a lot of time searching for functionality that should be more readily accessible. I’ve also found that it’s a time suck; maybe because it’s screen-based, it’s easy to spend a lot of time playing around with it, often without many great results. Sometimes it can feel like it’s a faster way to create, but I’m never as happy with the outcomes. And even if it takes me half as long to get half as many good sketches as pen-and-paper drawing… well, it hasn’t saved me much time at all.
Having said all that, EQ8 is great for two things in particular: colour and repetition. I can tile a block in no time, and then colour it in a million different ways. This week’s sketch is the perfect example.
A 5 × 5 grid of square blocks ends up looking like 5 continuous rows of half-rectangle triangles. Carrying colours beyond the blocks also helps to disguise their edges, so you’re not quite sure where one block ends and the next one begins.
Don’t you just love this colour palette? Black, grey, white, khaki, and a dusky pink. I like how the gentleness of those colours balances out the sharpness of the triangles. I think this design would look great in some really bold colours too though. Or even some prints.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using 3:1 half-rectangle triangles. Paper-piecing would be a really good way of achieving the precision needed to match all those points.
Taking those long, pointy strips from Sunday sketch #104, I shortened them and crossed them over one another.
Look at those lovely big dodecagons floating around the middle of the design, overlapping with one another.
Adding some shading makes those smaller octagons and hexagons pop out from the background too.
These designs could be made into quilt patterns using the ‘triangle in a square’ unit, squares and rectangles.