Sometimes I get a quirky idea and just run with it.
This design started out as a mix of about 3 different blocks, until I realised that I could achieve the same result using a single block just coloured in different ways. Four concentric circles, with straight lines running horizontally and vertically through them to the edges of the block.
I set myself some other rules – I didn’t let the lines branch off from a single point, for example – but otherwise this was a fairly quick design.
As usual, I tried the reverse colourway. Actually, I think I like this one more. It’s harder to see the white border against the white of this webpage, but trust me, it’s there 🙂
This design could be made into a quilt using curves – lots of curves! And a few templates to keep things under control. I’d probably divide each block into quarters, rather than try to piece full or half circles.
Remember in last week’s post, I mentioned liking a star shape that emerged from the quarter-square triangle design? Well, I decided to take that star, which is based on a 3×3 grid, and use it in its own design.
I separated the stars with some thin sashing, using small squares to fill in the negative space where the horizontal and vertical sashing meets.
Of course, you could fill in that middle square too.
But I also like the idea of filling the empty square with a different colour, to mix things up a bit. This is my favourite version. This is also a bit of a quirky colour palette for me, but I really like it.
I think the design works without the sashing, but only when the blocks are coloured in a way that distinguishes each one from its neighbours… otherwise I think it looks too busy.
The design works in a more limited colour palette, too. Here I’ve used 2 colours plus the background, and just alternated the central 4 half-square triangles with the outside 4 quarter-square triangles to add a bit of interest.
And if you have the same reservations I do about using white/light backgrounds for quilts, you can use a dark background instead.
This design could be made into a quilt using half-square triangles, squares and quarter-square triangles. Plus a bit of sashing – or not!
Here’s another quarter-square triangle design, following on from Sunday sketches #187 and #188. This one’s coloured slightly differently, which essentially changes most of the QSTs to HSTs (half-square triangles).
And the obligatory reverse colourway…
I really like that centre star – the one created by the middle 9 squares. Look out for that motif in another design in the future!
In the meantime, here’s another idea for colouring this design: starting off dark at the outside, and moving into a glowing centre.
That’s just a gradation of greys – a ‘greydation’ haha – but I think it would work just as well in a rainbow colourway. Bright yellow or white in the middle would look great!
This quilt design could be translated into a pattern using mostly HSTs and some QSTs. A simple yet sophisticated design.