I’ve probably got another few weeks’ worth (at least!) of ribbon-like Sunday sketches, but they say that familiarity breeds contempt, so… I’ll change tack and show you some new sketches I did this week.
I wanted to make a very jagged, zig-zag design. After a few attempts at getting my thoughts down on paper, I came up with a block that could be repeated to create a really striking pattern.
Sometimes I’ll scrawl something really quickly on the closest piece of scrap paper before sitting down with my dot pad to sketch it properly. I only realised when I’d finished shading the first design that I hadn’t followed my original hasty scrawl – the 45° lines were all the same, but the other diagonal lines (the ones stretching between the tops and bottoms of adjacent 45° lines) were different. So I sketched it again.
Can you see the subtle difference between the two designs? I’m still not sure which one I prefer.
I think the best way to create a quilt pattern from this sketch would be to use foundation paper piecing. I really like the idea of large blocks though – maybe 24″ or more each – but I’m not sure how I’d go about printing that out (or designing it in the first place!).
It occurred to me awhile after sketching this recent series of quilt designs that they’re almost like Celtic knotwork – just more geometric and with fewer crosses (and cross-overs).
So I’ll dedicate these ‘hearts’ to Ireland – a country that was my home for almost 6 years when I was younger (which feels like a lifetime ago!).
More ribbon-like diagonal strips this week, turning corners and flipping back on themselves.
It’s easy to change the look of this design by flipping the foreground and background strips (which probably would’ve been easier to see if I’d coloured them…).
Or pushing some of the background strips to the foreground.
Like the past two weeks‘ designs, these sketches could be made into quilt patterns using half-square triangles or strips (set on point after creating 4 identical blocks). Lots of opportunity for playing with interesting colours and even transparency.