Can you believe I’ve made it to 100 Sunday sketches?! Almost two years of consistently posting a new quilt design, week after week… wow. Thanks for following along!
A few weeks ago, Sunday sketch #95 featured big stars enclosing the traditional sawtooth star quilt block. I like the idea of creating a traditional block almost inadvertently through the placement of other pieces in a quilt design. So I pursued that direction for awhile, and came up with this week’s criss-cross design.
Overlaid crosses create the sawtooth star in the middle of each block. There are lots of ways to colour this design to emphasise different parts.
This design would be fairly easy to translate into a quilt pattern using squares, rectangles and triangles.
Last week I mentioned that I’d created a few variations on the same design. Here’s one of them:
Actually, this design came first; I decided to remove those dark triangles, which is how I created Sunday sketch #98. The original shape was that ‘A’ frame – turn your head sideways and you’ll see it. Each column is just that shape repeated, facing left or right. Put them together, and you get those interesting secondary shapes that almost obscure the primary shape.
Turn the whole design 90 degrees, and it looks different again:
Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like the vertical zig-zags become much more prominent, and the movement in the whole designs changes a little bit. What do you think?
I’ve been purposefully avoiding EQ8 lately, to force myself to get back into hand-drawn sketching. Sketching with a pad and pen is probably a bit slower than working on the computer, but I feel like the resulting designs are a higher quality. It’s easy to churn out lots of designs in EQ8, but they’re not all worth sharing 🙂
This week’s design is just a single shape, repeated (along with its mirror image) in columns.
This could easily be made using half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles.
I played around with this design some more (which I find so much easier to do when hand-sketching than computer-sketching), and created a few more versions that I really like. Keep an eye out next week for one or two more iterations.