Category: Sunday sketch

Sunday sketch #262

More simple stripes this week. I haven’t finished exploring this idea, but I thought I’d post my progress thus far.

I like those shapes that emerge from between the hash blocks (hopefully that phrase doesn’t flag my blog as dodgy haha) – they’re like ghost circles or squares. Here’s the reverse colourway.

I started this with a different palette, and then expanded it a bit.


And even introduced some blocks in a reverse colourway.


It feels a bit busy when the blocks contain both dark and light stripes; the design is a bit more coherent when the stripes in the coloured blocks are all dark.

I think there’s more potential with this design; it doesn’t feel quite ‘there’ yet for me. I can’t really describe what I’m looking for, but I’ll know it when I see it!


Sunday sketch #261

You can probably see how this design evolved from Sunday sketches #259 and #260 – a simple shape with strips sticking out. In this case, the shape is a teardrop-like combo of a half-square triangle and a quarter-circle, and the strips that extend from it create its mirror image.

And, like some of the designs from the past 2 weeks, it’s got sashing. I’ve used the same width of sashing as the width of the other strips. It’s a nice way of separating those background colours and keeping the whole design from feeling too crowded. And it’s narrow enough to let those diagonal lines – from one half-square triangle to the adjacent one – extend across the quilt design without interruption.



Sunday sketch #260

Often when I create a bunch of quilt designs from one block design, I’ll share them all in a single post. But I split up the latest batch into last week’s Sunday sketch and this week’s. The arrangement is kinda different, and I played with two different colour schemes, so… it felt worthy of a new post.

So, picking up from last week – here’s the same block in a vertical orientation, but with a more limited colour palette. Black and white shapes instead of colour, and a coloured background instead of white. I’ve still used the same arrangement where the stripes are a different colour than the background rectangle in each block. But by alternating the colours and rotating the blocks, the borders between the blocks are less obvious.

This one’s much the same, with the columns shifted one over so that the very left-hand and right-hand edges of the block arrangement are fully straight instead of stepping in and out. I think I prefer the one above.

These blocks have lots of possible arrangements, which can be expanded by adding sashing (similar to last week). Here’s the same design with and without sashing.

The addition (and then subtraction) of sashing really changes the feeling of movement within the design.

So, like last week’s design, this one’s all rectangles (some long and skinny, some larger). There are a lot of repeated elements, which means lots of chain-piecing possibilities! I think you could sew lots of long strips together and then subcut them into the pieces needed for each block. There’s also be  places where you’d need to match points fairly carefully (not everyone’s cup of tea).