A bit of a palate cleanser this week.
I find designs like this one – and this colour palette – very calming.
But I think I shy away from creating minimalist designs because I know that in the real world, they’d need to be quilted eventually… and neither my quilting skills nor my budget to pay a longarmer are good enough right now. So this is definitely an example of how my own sewing skills dictate my designs to some extent (just like how it took me a long time to design anything with curves).
The vast majority of my designs are things that I know I could make myself (if I had the time, could be bothered, etc.). I need to try harder to design things that are beyond my sewing abilities – I need some stretch goals!
Anyway, back to this design. The secondary shapes and lines that emerge – like the hint of two vertical lines created by all those meeting points between quarter-rectangle triangles, as well as those broad diagonal lines slashing back and forth – make me happy.
These designs are just quarter-rectangle triangle blocks interspersed with rectangles and then pieced with large borders. It would be relatively easy to make this design pretty much any size you wanted. The hard part would be settling on just two fabrics to work with 🙂
If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen an extra sketch that I shared during the week. It used some of the same blocks from Sunday sketch #204, but arranged in a more symmetrical design. There are so many possible block designs and arrangements along this theme… I could post them for weeks (but I won’t 🙂 ).
I did want to share one or two more though. I decided to limit myself to only the horizontal- and vertical-striped blocks. I love how the lines from one block can extend into the next one (or not).
This is just an 8 x 8 grid using 3 different block designs.
I also like the idea of grouping each block type so that they form distinct areas within the design.
That one’s the same grid size, with an extra block design thrown in.
I like how these designs balance order with a bit of disorder. That last design is probably the closest to one of the original inspirations for this series of designs: a wooden window decoration I spotted while walking along the street in Tokyo last year (hint for walking in Tokyo: always look up!).
As these blocks are all made from strips, squares and rectangles, they could be made using normal piecing. I’d maybe consider foundation paper piecing though, just to get the precision needed for everything to line up nicely.
I continued on last week’s theme of blocks made up of thin lines. I stuck with the curvy block and added a few more, then jumbled them up. I wanted to design the blocks so that there’d be instances of (some of) the lines continuing from one block to the next. And I separated the blocks using sashing of the same thickness.
I played around with colours for ages, but didn’t find anything that I liked as much as the black and white.
The whole design feels quite whimsical to me, hence the candy colours, I think.
Or each block could be coloured differently. This gives the whole design quite a different feel (maybe also because my choice of colour palette’s not so hot).
Or monochrome. I picked a vibrant yellow, and then reversed it, but of course this would work for any combination of two colours.
This design reminds me a bit of breeze blocks, those concrete blocks that let air through. (Speaking of which, check out how quilter Ben Millett created 4″ breeze-block-like units earlier this year, here and here. I’m hoping he makes them into a quilt!)
My design could be made into a quilt pattern – with blocks in whatever arrangement you wanted – using a combination of normal piecing (for straight bits) and paper piecing (for curves) for accuracy. Lots of variation and versatility!