I’m not sure what this week’s Sunday sketch reminds me of… those beaded curtains that were popular a few decades ago, maybe? Or a chandelier with hanging gems of different shapes and sizes? I’m getting a macramé vibe, or maybe it’s mid-century modern. I dunno. It’s feeling retro for some reason, anyway. Maybe it’s just the colours?
Adding the half-blocks to the top and bottom rows fills the design out a little.
And those inner diamond shapes can be coloured differently too. This version reminds me of baby chicks opening their beaks wiiiiiide for a food delivery!
Or the blocks can be coloured differently top and bottom.
This design combines curves and angles, so would probably be best done with templates.
I was inspired to play with a kite block recently, and discovered that it can be used to create a million different designs!
I only played with a handful of the usual colours, but even with a limited palette, the design variations seemed endless.
And a zig-zaggy one to end on! I love how the right shading can make this design look a bit 3D.
All these designs are just a grid of kite blocks on repeat, with the ‘kite’ pointing in different directions and coloured differently. I’d probably use paper-piecing to get precise blocks, which would help to keep the long lines (created by multiple blocks) straight, with nicely matched seams. Get into a chain-piecing workflow with a bunch of printed papers, and you’d have one of these designs sewn up in no time.
(Note: I just realised today, Friday 13 November, that despite being scheduled for publication last Sunday, this post never actually appeared. Oops! So here it is, almost a week late.)
Something simple to end a very stressful week! I’ve got blue on my mind, hence my colour choice for today’s sketch… 🙂
Even though this design is pretty simple – just vertical lines of half-square triangles, repeated across the page – it offers lots of possibilities in terms of colour placement. Here are a few versions with 3 colours instead of 2:
And, of course, you could add even more colours if you wanted to.
This design is actually made up of blocks… I started exploring a different idea and ended up with this one. But by rotating the blocks (easy to do in EQ8), I got a slightly varied design that I also liked. It ends up looking like a fairly common block (the name of which escapes me now…), a bit like the motif that I used in Sunday sketch #165 maybe?
These designs are all just half-square triangles, with some wide sashing/borders on either side of the quilt top. I guess you could use flying geese in some places, if you felt like saving a few seams.