Sunday sketch #166

I mentioned awhile ago that I often set myself ‘rules’ when sketching. You might think that rules would curtail creativity, but I find that they enhance it. Instead of looking at a blank page (or screen), with no idea of how or where to start, I can go where the rules take me. By limiting my options, they actually help me to come up with more ideas.

This week’s rule is a simple one: the four triangles in a quarter-rectangle triangle (QRT) block can each extend into an adjacent quarter of the rectangle, becoming a half-rectangle triangle (HRT). They can only ever extend into the same quarter, and the four colours need to create four different HRTs. OK, that’s more than one rule, but they’re kinda all related.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #166

So the orange QRT (which starts at the bottom of the rectangle) becomes an HRT with its back to the right-hand side of the block. Similarly, the grey QRT (which starts at the top of the rectangle) becomes an HRT with its back to the left-hand side of the block. The pink and blue QRTs, which start at the left and right of the rectangle, respectively, end up as HRTs that are right-side up or upside down, respectively. Each HRT overlaps two others, which leaves a lot of room for playing with colour.

Speaking of which, I’m trying to explore new colour palettes, and I’m almost onto a new one here… but not really. I’m still stuck on pink and orange… but at least I’ve added dark blue and grey! I think it’ll be awhile before I get tired of these colours.

I tried a few other combinations of four colours…

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #166-2         Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #166-3

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(I really like that bottom-left one!)

And even a few with different shades of the same colour…

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #166-4         Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #166-6

Which I think work fairly well. But yeah… send new palettes my way! 🙂

This design also lends itself to playing with transparency, which would let you introduce another 4 colours (the colours at the midway points between the original 4 colours you choose). I’m not sure if this would make the design too busy though – I’ll have to try it and see!


Sunday sketch #165

A pretty basic design this week, made more interesting by the way it’s coloured.

(And yep, it’s my usual palette of orange, hot pink and yellow!)

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #165-1

I keep trying to find new colour palettes to play with, but I usually end up using at least a few of my favourite colours – like dark blue and light pink – and slotting in something new (like that green).

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #165-2

Isn’t that a lovely mix of colours?

You can also flip this design so that the cross-quilt colour is light instead of dark. I switched the dark blue and white:

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Suddenly those shapes seem to come to the foreground, like a layer of lace laid over the top. And the colours themselves seem more interrupted. I think I prefer the darker version!

I also think this design could look pretty cool on point – just angle your head 45 degrees in either direction, and you’ll see what I mean.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #165-4

This quilt design would be easy to make into an actual quilt: it’s all just half-square triangles and flying geese. Maybe a square-in-a-square to save a bit of time and a few seams.



Sunday sketch #164

The drunkard’s path shape (single or double) is now something I’m comfortable sewing – so I feel like my brain is more open to the possibility of creating designs with it. Unfortunately I still can’t draw a decent curve, so I use EQ8 to design curve-based quilts. I can’t always translate what’s in my brain to the screen, but playing around with the software can still produce some fun(ny) ideas.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #151

The colour and the optical illusion just feel really 80s to me, although I can’t put my finger on exactly why… it reminds me of something, but I’m not sure what.

You can probably see from the hints of red along the bottom and right-hand side of this image that the design started out a bit bigger, but I cropped it. I’ll often create something in EQ8 and then decide that I like a smaller version. It might mean that a block is cut off (and that the actual construction of the quilt might take a little more effort), but I usually think about design first, construction second.

This design could be made into a quilt using a ton of drunkard’s path blocks and squares of background colour. Not technically difficult, but very repetitive!