Sunday sketch #147

Another idea that I jotted down while in Japan was a fairly simple sketch of straight lines coming together to create new shapes.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #147

This is my first attempt; I didn’t play around with any more iterations because I got sidetracked by new ideas. But I think it could be interesting to make this design a little wider, with a bit more negative space at the bottom. And maybe even to position the central arrow motif slightly off centre, which would allow me to get those two top bars to point exactly into those top two corners (only one of which does so now).

Someone asked me on Instagram lately how I feel about asymmetry 🙂  I know I tend towards symmetrical designs, although sometimes a second or third iteration of a symmetrical design will introduce asymmetry. I work best with order, rules and regularity… but I’m trying to bust out some chaos when I can 🙂

This design would probably be easiest to make with long strips. It could be made using a loghouse cabin approach, I think, with some strips combining both the foreground and background colours.


Sunday sketch #146

Whenever I get an idea but don’t have the time or opportunity to sketch it out in full, I just jot it down in my notepad and come back to it later. (So my notepad is full of scribbles, half-baked ideas and failed attempts!)

I was in Japan recently for work (and a bit of fun) and managed to note down a few ideas. This first one – which I ended up sketching out properly when I got home, before recreating in EQ8 – is based on a motif in a company logo. I was sitting in a meeting in Japan and some of the related paperwork listed companies in my industry… and I had to pull out my Moleskine to sketch a modified version. I don’t think I’m ever not thinking about quilting design.

Here’s the sketch, which took a few attempts to work out (and which I didn’t colour-correct when editing the photo…):

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #146-1

And here’s the recreated – and coloured – version in EQ8:

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #146-1

The overlapping parallelograms lend themselves to some colour play and transparency, so I settled on a single colour in multiple tints and shades (8, I think).

And, of course, the design can be repeated, rotated and reworked in multiple colours:

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #146-3

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #146-4

You don’t need as many as 8 shades to play with transparency; you can get an interesting effect with just 3:

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #146-1

Or go the other way, and use this design as an excuse for a colour explosion:

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #146-6

I just selected these colours fairly randomly in EQ8, but I’ve decided I really love this palette. That acid yellow!!

This design would probably be easiest to make into a quilt pattern using paper piecing or templates. I created rectangular blocks in EQ8 (for ease of repetition), but they ended up splitting some of the bigger triangles lengthways, which I’d probably want to avoid in an actual quilt (not least because it would create points where 6 pieces of fabric meet).

Sunday sketch #145

A few weeks ago, I mentioned how much I like playing around with basic shapes like squares and triangles. Here’s another design along the same lines (pun intended!).

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #145

This one emerged from Sunday sketch #143. Sometimes when I’m redrawing a design – so that I can make minor design tweaks or recolour it – I’ll pick out certain shapes (like those central white and green squares) and draw them first, then connect them by drawing all the intervening lines. It’s a methodical and intentional approach that tends to lead to fewer mistakes.

But often, once I’ve drawn the beginning shapes, I veer off in another direction and create a new design. So even though this week’s design is related to #143… the similarities may not be so obvious.

Like many of my recent designs, this one would probably be easiest to convert to a quilt pattern by treating it as a collection of smaller units (half-square triangles and half-rectangle triangles) rather than whole blocks. It’s on point, but not offset by 45 degrees; but you could make it and trim it down to a square easily enough.