So after exploring one series of wedge-based designs (featured in last week’s Sunday sketch), I made a few small changes. I lengthened the wedges, and joined them up, so the outline (shown here in black) is a continuous line. It means that there are a bunch of wedges now connected by a central spine.
The thing I love most about this design is the emergence of a secondary shape that’s identical to the primary shapes. Putting two rows of wedges together (like the ones in red, above) creates a third row of wedges in the middle (in white, above). I love designs that do this. (You can see the same effect in Sunday sketches #118, #104, #103 and #102, for example.)
Changing the colours helps to push different rows of wedges from the foreground to the background, and vice versa. I find it interesting to see which shapes my eyes are drawn to first.
The design is a very simple one – fairly basic and repetitive. Here it is in just two colours, with only the wedge outlines coloured.
Even sticking with just two colours, there are a ton of design possibilities.
But introducing a third colour then expands the possibilities.
A third colour also lets you differentiate the wedge outline, which I prefer. (Using the same colour for the wedge outline as the adjacent background just makes the wedges look super-skinny. Or you could make the outline the same colour as the wedge, which makes the wedge look fatter.)
This is actually a block-based quilt, and I designed the block so it’s bisected horizontally. This means that the ‘insides’ of the wedge shapes can be coloured independently. Which lends yet another different look to the design.
I could’ve ended things there, but I decided to see how this type of design would look arranged horizontally rather than vertically. Because, why not?
The basic building block in the following designs is much the same as the block in the previous designs, but slightly more elongated.
Again, the addition of a third colour highlights the secondary designs that emerge within the primary design element.
And, again, we can just colour the wedge outline… or use the same colour for the outline as for the wedge itself (the fat white wedges in the middle of this variation).
The variations are endless!
Like last week’s design, I think this series would require paper-piecing to get the shapes just right. I love the precision and the sparseness of these designs, but I’d be reluctant to make them in real life. I think that’s partly because I know I’d have a hard time keeping the lines dead straight… and a tiny bit of wobble would be so obvious in a design like this one. Maybe it’s time I invested in some starch?!