Sunday sketch #220

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.

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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.

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The design is a very simple one – fairly basic and repetitive. Here it is in just two colours, with only the wedge outlines coloured.

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Even sticking with just two colours, there are a ton of design possibilities.

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But introducing a third colour then expands the possibilities.

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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.)

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More possibilities.

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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.

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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.

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Again, the addition of a third colour highlights the secondary designs that emerge within the primary design element.

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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).

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The variations are endless!

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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?!

Sunday sketch #219

The Modern Quilt Guild recently announced that its Quilt Challenge for QuiltCon 2021 (operating remotely as QuiltCon Together in February) is ‘wedges’. They define a wedge as “a 3- or 4-sided polygon that represents a segment of a circle or larger whole shape”.

I’ve never purposefully designed with wedges, but I was surprised to see that wedges have never featured in any of my Sunday sketches. So I set out to remedy that.

I sketched out a few ideas on paper before translating them into blocks using EQ8. My first session wasn’t so successful – I really wasn’t feeling it – but I kept at it. Eventually the ideas started coming. I won’t share them all here, but I’ll post a few over the next few weeks.

This is the first series, with simple wedges outlined by another wedge shape.

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Some of the wedge outlines are coloured in black; the rest are in white (so disappear into the white background). Here it is again, coloured differently so the wedges and their outlines are clearer.

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I added a slightly wider top and bottom border to the previous version, just so the quilt border didn’t interfere too much with the wedge outlines.

Here’s the same design, with all the wedge outlines (and some of the wedges) in white. It just makes the solid wedge shapes look a little skinnier.

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So, I wasn’t that excited by these designs, but I figured they were a good start. Next, I tried the blocks on an angle, and in a different colour scheme.

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This reminds me of snakeskin I think, or maybe fish scales. Here’s another version with a slightly different colour placement.

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And… a rainbow version, just because.

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And here’s a more improv-ish layout, following a few rules (see if you can spot them) but otherwise minus a few wedges here and there. This might be my favourite!

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You’d probably need a template to make these wedge pieces. It’d be easy enough to make one, cut a bunch of wedge centres and border pieces, and chain-piece your way through a ton of blocks. Then it’s just a decision on how to arrange them!

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday sketch #218

Back to some curves this week! With some half-square triangles to add a bit of zing.

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I want to call this one ‘hairy squares’. It makes me think of those shaggy 70s throw rugs. Remember those?! Or maybe Chewbacca. Anyway….

As always, colour placement makes all the difference when it comes to pushing elements to the background or bringing them to the foreground.

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Reversing the colourway and just using black and white introduces the 4 outer curves, which suddenly makes all the circles much more visible (to me, at least).

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Flipping to a black background might make them clearer.

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Or bringing in a third colour as a background. Now it’s just a stack of circles!

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Depending on how you look at it, you might see the circles first or you might see the (hairy) squares. Or maybe the curvy diamonds? You could use a different colour to highlight those instead. Lots of potential for varying the look and feel of this design.

This design would be really easy to make into a quilt pattern. It’s all just drunkard’s path units, half-square triangles, and squares.