I like playing with squares and triangles. They’re such basic shapes, but they’re so versatile. The design possibilities always seem endless to me. I was recently sewing up some blocks based on Sunday sketch #84, and decided to explore the idea of triangles around a central square.
(My favourite part of handsketching is those repetitive black lines. I just find them so calming – both to draw and to look at.)
This version is less busy than my original attempt, which squeezed three smaller triangles into each one you can see there. Sometimes less is more 🙂
Because the blocks in this design are offset – shifted one square over instead of directly above or below (or to the left or the right) – the design kinda migrates across the page instead of forming a neat shape with straight edges (like you’d want in a quilt). If you tilt the page a little, you can get a better idea of what a ‘square’ quilt would look like.
Of course, you could keep the orientation in the first image and just crop blocks to get straight edges, but I don’t think that’s as nice.
Because of the offset blocks, this design would be easier to make into a quilt pattern by piecing lots of little units rather than creating whole blocks first. The units themselves are just squares and half-square triangles. You could save a bit of time by using flying geese in some spots.
I saw a bank advertisement that featured arrows (inspiration is everywhere!), which prompted me to play in Electric Quilt 8. Of course, I usually start with a regular design of repeating units…
…before allowing myself to relax the rules and play around with the layout.
I decided to modify these arrows slightly by changing the ends of the arms (do those bits have a name?) from blunt to angled. This also has the effect of creating sharper squares out of the negative space between the arrows – suddenly those 9 squares in the middle jump out more clearly. Can you see them?
I’m not sure which design I prefer. Each one has its advantages!
There are a few different ways you could translate this design into an actual quilt pattern. Each block could comprise 4 half-arrows that meet in the middle. Or a block could contain just one double-ended arrow, positioned diagonally across; setting the blocks on point and separating them with thin sashing would create the same end result.
Either way, I’d be tempted to use paper piecing to create these thin lines, but that’s only because I don’t trust my sewing skills to get them as sharp and consistent as I’d like them.
A really simple design this week – inspired by a t-shirt that I spotted in a random TV show this week. Ideas can come from anywhere!
I’ve only just realised this is another chevron design. I seem to have a thing for them lately!
This is a simple 4 x 4 arrangement of a single block, just rotated 90, 180 or 270 degrees. I put a frame around this image here, just so it wasn’t floating on the page. But I like the idea of a quilt design without a coloured border or binding, so these thin strips are the focus.
I’d probably paper-piece these blocks for precision, although I know some people are very good at piecing thin strips the normal way! 😉