Sunday sketch #114

There are only so many shapes to choose from in quilting. One of the design elements that I keep coming back to is the half-rectangle triangle and – more specifically – lines with a 1:2 gradient (that is, they go up or down 1 unit with every move sideways of 2 units… as if you laid a 2:1 HRT on its side). I’ve stacked up lines like this in previous sketches (look at Sunday sketches #102 and #103, for example), and I’m revisiting them again this week.

I started with a ‘comb’, which is basically just a series of those diagonal lines, joined up vertically on either side. Then I overlapped another one, and another one, which created these funny little cat faces in the middle.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #114-1

I decided that maybe I should see what the same design looked like with the ‘combs’ facing different directions. So I redrew the whole thing, alternating the angles. Instead of up-down-up, now they’re down-up-down.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #114-2

Not a huge difference, although the first column of cats is now upside-down. But somehow I do prefer the second sketch. It has a slightly different feel to me, although I can’t quite put my finger on why.

Anyway, then I decided that I wanted to see more of these combs overlapping, but instead of arranging them vertically, I thought I’d try them horizontally. Time to pull out the A4 Rhoda dot pad for some larger sketching!

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #114-3

Again, this has quite a different feel than the previous two sketches, despite being based on the same core design. The scale is a bit smaller (assuming the overall quilt dimensions were about the same) and there’s a bit more movement. I like them all, but for different reasons.

I love the look of the clean black lines in this sketch, but colour would add another dimension. And there’s obviously some real potential here for transparency in colour play.

Sunday sketch #113

Back to some basic shapes this week, manipulating half-square and half-rectangle triangles to create some block-y wedges.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #113

I think there’s enough movement in this design to distract from the fact that it’s just 2 units repeated: an ‘A’ shape (without the cross-bar) and a ‘V’ shape. The rows are horizontally offset just a little bit, which the intervening whitespace helps to hide (I think).

This sketch could be translated into a quilt pattern easily using HSTs and HRTs. It would make a great two-colour design, but could also be pretty interesting with some bold prints too.


Sunday sketch #112

During the week, as part of my day job, I had the opportunity to visit Lyons Architecture in Melbourne. As I waited in reception, I had a good look at their little 3D model* of the RMIT University building that’s on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe. If you’re in Melbourne, you probably know it, but have you really looked at it?

I thought I had, but as I inspected the model more closely, I noticed shapes I’d never seen before. Lots of zig-zags and straight lines mixed together to create some cool openings in the facade. Lot of inspiration for quilt designing (after my meeting, of course!).

I co-opted one of these elongated shapes, flipped it on its end, and added a few more using the same style.


Then I messed around with the colour balance in Preview on my Mac, because the original pic that I took of my sketch had way too many blue undertones…. and I liked the dots in my dot pad coming up in that fiery red 🙂

This design could be made into a quilt pattern easily using half-square triangles, squares and rectangles. I wouldn’t translate it into a pattern without first asking Lyons for their permission, given how similar the design is to their original work.


* I would LOVE to have the job of making those 3D models!