Sunday sketch #280

Experimenting with a fairly basic block on repeat produced what I’m calling a ‘modern plaid’ this week…

Can you see the individual blocks? This is a 6 x 6 layout, if that helps. Here are the same blocks rotated…

And rotated again and again…

The blocks are coloured using a palette of four colours. This produces lots of variations when the blocks are rotated…parts of adjacent blocks intersect to create new secondary shapes.

I could do the math to tell you how many variations there are, but… let’s just say there are lots.

This week’s designs could be made into quilts using just squares and rectangles. The basic block is a 16-patch made up of four 4-patches. The outer corners are large squares; the inner corners are small squares; and the remaining ‘patches’ are rectangles.

There are so many design variations and colour combinations that you could recreate this design again and again and never make the same quilt twice.

Sunday sketch #279

This week’s design is the logical evolution of Sunday sketch #278 – just extending the top and bottom of each ‘lemon’ shape using more curves.

I tried it in a bunch of two-colour palettes, and they all look good!

I didn’t try an expanded palette, so I’m not sure how I’d introduce a third or fourth colour into this design. I kinda like the simplicity of this version.

This week’s design is made up entirely from drunkard’s path / quarter-circle blocks. With a two-colour palette, you could make the entire quilt (minus borders) just by chain-piecing two block colourways.


Sunday sketch #278

On to something a bit different this week! No more wedges for awhile….

It’s back to curves! All drunkard’s path blocks again. Or are these quarter-circles? I have a feeling that the curves in drunkard’s path blocks don’t extend to the edges of the blocks, but I’ve never found a definitive description. Anyhoo, here we go.

I love this sorta teal blue / golden yellow combo. I discovered this cut-out lemon shape when tiling a completely different block, and decided to run with it. I love the secondary shapes that emerge… up top, there’s like a lacework of ‘D’ shapes going to and fro across the design. By just tweaking the direction of the lemons and the cut-outs in the negative space, the lace overlay becomes a series of alternating circles and squares. Can you see them?

The designs look just as good in the reverse colourway. (In the version on the left, I staggered the layout so the lemons sit in the corners.)

I can tweak the direction again, so the lace overlay becomes a series of new lemons, all facing perpendicularly to the dark blue lemons.

I love how much movement a single block with a few curves can give a design. And how many options there are for arranging blocks to create entirely new layouts.

These designs could be made using drunkard’s path blocks (or quarter-circle blocks) and squares. That’s it. I’ve only used two colours here, although obviously you could expand the palette. But with two colours, you’d just have to chain-piece your way through a bunch of curves and – voilà! – you’d have the prettiest quilt top. I really love this one (I know I say that all the time!); I really want to try making it!