This week’s sketch is based entirely on the star motif from last week‘s sketch.
The geometry of the eight-pointed stars means that they join up with their neighbours in really pleasing ways, and then create a nice secondary shape (coloured here in various shades of teal) in the interstitial spaces.
These stars remind me of those pesky little plant burrs that can stick to your socks!
This is the last in the series of related quilt designs that started with Sunday sketch #132. I wanted to give you a little insight into how I come up with ideas; more often than not, one design will spark loads more. A few small changes here and there produce new designs that start to look less and less like the original.
I find this kind of iterative process easier and quicker to manage in Electric Quilt 8, because I can see pretty quickly how a simple change (to geometry or colour) will translate across an entire quilt. But I’ve also gone through similar processes when hand-sketching; it just takes longer, and my hand hurts more at the end of it. 🙂
I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to quilts with stars. Simple or complicated, solid or scrappy… there are so many ways to make stars (and to make them look good!).
This week’s Sunday sketch is yet another iteration of the past few weeks’ designs, with yet more tweaks. In this case, the link between the previous designs is starting to get a little tenuous… I retained one of the original blocks, but changed the other one to a star. Because who doesn’t love a good star?!
I also went back to the colours of #133: teals (or are they sea blues?) and that warm yellow. With a bit of transparency thrown in for good measure.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using flying geese, rectangles, squares, triangle in a square blocks, and a modified kite block. The star blocks could probably be paper-pieced although I haven’t actually thought how, exactly. They are like slightly wonky sawtooth stars, so maybe that would be a way to approach them.
Somehow, with a few more tweaks here and there, I managed to transform Sunday sketches #132 and #133 into this week’s design: more curves, a different colour palette, and more secondary shapes emerging.
The combination of red, hot pink, orange and warm yellow is one of my favourite colour palettes. I managed to get 3 out of 4 in this quilt design – not bad!
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using lots of curves; templates would probably be the best way to ensure precision.