Category: Sunday sketch

Sunday sketch #276

I revisited wedges recently (after first playing with them around 2 years ago – see Sunday sketches #219, #220 and #221). This isn’t the first design I made (keep reading to see that one), but it does use the first block I came up with.

I really like those two vertical columns in the middle of the design where the points of the wedges meet, so I pared the colour palette back to emphasise them: white on the left, green on the right. Are these green shapes on a white background, or white shapes on a green background?

I like the portrait-orientation layout too, although the landscape version still appeals more for some reason.

But anywhere, here’s where it started – the same block, with the wedges lying horizontally, but using a slightly larger colour palette.

This feels a bit more mid-century modern, maybe. I love how the wedges nest into each other; the colours can play quite differently with one another depending on where they’re placed.

In the version on the left, that white zig-zag shape sinks into the background, whereas the same shape in the version on the left (in light pink) comes to the foreground.

Often how I draw a block in ElectricQuilt 8 is not how I’d actually make it in fabric – I usually draw in the way that gets the idea from my brain onto the screen most quickly or that’s easiest to colour in quickly. But that can mean that shapes are cut off in weird ways or there are seams in weird places… or that the block wouldn’t use fabric in the most straightforward or economical way.

So even though these last few designs are a 4 x 5 block layout, I wouldn’t make them this way (it would mean a lot of paper-piecing with a bunch of different templates per block, and lots of seams within each wedge). Instead, I’d paper-piece vertical columns (9, in this case) of horizontal wedges, then match them up. Each zig-zag shape would be made up of 5 columns of wedges: the left-most pointy bit, the main bit on the left, the middle bit, the main bit on the right, and the right-most pointy bit. Does that make sense? Maybe I’ll have to try making it so I can post pics to show you what I mean!


Sunday sketch #275

Perhaps I stared too long at a clock this week, but I suddenly had an idea for a block featuring a circle cut in half and half again. (Or maybe I was inspired by last week’s split quarter-square triangle block.)

I imagined using some bright colours in the design, but instead settled on this dark green with an orange. I love the bright pop of colour against the murky background.

You can see if I rotate the circles, new secondary designs (squares) appear.

Or I can rotate the designs to create ’empty’ squares where the filled squares were.

Or just rotate randomly to create a bit of disorder. (Although if you look closely, you’ll see there is order here: the first and third rows are the same, as are the second and fourth rows. This makes each quadrant of 4 circles the same, too.)

This is just a single block in a 4 x 4 layout, surrounded by a wide border on all sides. It could be created in four quadrants, or perhaps one semicircle and two quadrants. There are lots more ways you can rotate the blocks, or use colour to create secondary designs. Endless fun!

Sunday sketch #274

This week’s design isn’t overly original, but I enjoyed playing with this concept and felt like sharing it.

I’ve played with these split quarter-square triangles and split quarter-rectangle triangles before – see Sunday sketches #166 and #188, for example (two of my favourite sketches!). I really love these shapes and how they create movement in a design.

I also love how your eye is drawn to different sets of lines, depending on colour palette and placement. In the top design, I look at those diagonal lines first, but in the bottom one, my eye’s drawn to the vertical lines instead.

Split quarter-square triangles are easy to make – just cross a half-square triangle with a solid square. Ditto for the split quarter-rectangle triangles, although I must admit I’ve never actually made one. I’d probably paper-piece them instead, just to be more precise (and save all the fabric wastage I often seem to get when I make HRTs two at a time).