This sketch has been hanging around for ages. The photo is from November last year, so the sketch is at least that old, but probably a little older. It’s one of my favourites – possibly even my most favourite sketch of all time, ever (for now).
I held off on sharing the sketch because I wanted to make it into an actual quilt, or at least colour it in a way that would show you how I envision making it*…. but neither of those things is going to happen anytime soon. So here it is.
This would be such an easy quilt to make: all you need are strips. Each ‘pillar’ (for lack of a better description) comprises 2 columns. To make each column, join the long strips together with diagonal seams (like you do with binding), alternating the direction of the join to get the angles pointing the right way. The ‘notches’ in the columns just need to be the same fabric as the background. If I could decide on the right colours**, I’d make this in a heartbeat!
(* One of these days I will write a blog post on my difficulties using colour….)
(** If anyone has any good tutorials or advice on getting better at using colour, I’m all ears!)
This week’s design is a little like a herringbone pattern. But the angled ‘ribs’ don’t extend from a central spine, and their starting positions are staggered instead of symmetrical.
Each of these stripes could be made from two 3:1 half-rectangle triangles, or just from a strip of fabric cut at an angle.
The length and angle of the stripes can be changed too…
Each of these stripes could be created from four 2:1 half-rectangle triangles, or from strips of fabric sewn together at an angle then all cut together to create a column of stripes.
As always (or at least, as usual…), I’ve left the pattern uncoloured. But I can imagine this in solids (of course), or scraps, or a riot of patterned fabrics against a plain background, or vice versa… the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!
In the past few weeks, skinny rectangles have morphed into wider rectangles, and the vistas outside those rectangular windows have changed from angles to rectangles and back again. By recombining (or developing?) those elements, I’ve created a new design based on the idea of peeking through one layer to see the next one.
Spin the design so the stripes are vertical, and suddenly the rectangle becomes a diamond.
Construction of these designs would be even simpler (and quicker) than the previous Sunday sketches — mostly stripes with a few half-square triangles (for the top design) and half-rectangle triangles (for the bottom design).