Sunday sketch #179

This week’s design is derived from an image that I posted to Instagram almost 3 years ago (I have to link to the post, because I’ve long since lost the image itself). It was a picture of a decorative metal grille that I’d seen on the wall of a restaurant on Melbourne’s Southbank – I walked past it and couldn’t stop thinking about it, so went back the next day to find it and take a photo.

At the time, I had no idea how to translate the design into a quilt pattern. I wasn’t sewing curves then, and I certainly wasn’t designing with them – but I saw this quilt-like pattern and snapped a pic for future reference.

Well, the day finally came when I could figure it out! I was recently scrolling through my Instagram feed, saw this picture again, and realised I now have the skills to recreate it pretty easily in EQ8.

I started off with a simpler version…

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…in a few different colour variations.

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Then I moved to the more complex version…

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… in the same colour combinations (seriously, I love white, black and yellow together! and how cute do the different versions look right next to each other?).

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I don’t know if I’ll ever make this design into a quilt, but I like the fact that my skills have developed to the point where I could figure out how to make it. Probably because it’s not unlike Sunday sketch #177, which also features those leaf shapes and overlapping, round-cornered squares.

This design could be made into a quilt pattern using strips/rectangles and curves. You’d need to use templates for the curves, and possibly paper-piece the rest for accuracy. The bold black lines are an integral part of the design; I guess you could appliqué bias strips over a pieced top, but I’d probably opt for piecing the strips as well.

 

Sunday sketch #178

Most of the curvy designs I’ve created lately in EQ8 have some kind of internal symmetry – which, let’s face it, isn’t that unusual for me. This week’s Sunday sketch, featuring a pair of hearts, is a simple two-colour design that’s the same up as it is down.

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Those curves are so voluptuous! Like a modern, geometric version of a Rubens painting or a Botero sculpture. (Hey, maybe I should add this design to my quilts-honouring-artists series!)

This design is just curved blocks, squares and large rectangles. If you could power through the 16 drunkard’s path blocks, you’d be done in no time!

 

 

Sunday sketch #177

More curves this week. Does this leaf motif have a name? It’s a fairly common/popular shape, but I’ve tried to introduce some minor variations to keep it interesting.

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The design started off a little simpler, using leaf shapes separated by sashing to avoid bulk (below, left). There’s something about this retro design that I really love, but it’s pretty basic. It reminds me of 70s wallpaper.

Each leaf shape is made from double drunkard’s path blocks and a few rectangles, which offer up some interesting opportunities for playing with colour and design (below, right).

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Suddenly the leaf shapes aren’t so prominent, and those collections of rectangles take on their own identity. The next step was to modify those rectangles to become flying geese or half-square triangles, for something a little different.

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Funnily enough, though, this version looked a little familiar….

Before I post a design to the Sunday sketch series, I often search my Pinterest boards to make sure it’s not something that someone else has already created. In this case, I soon realised that my design – particular the last version shown here, with the ends of the leaves filled in – is quite similar to the Trellis quilt pattern from Heather Black (Quilt-achusetts). Heather’s pattern used different coloured fabrics to emphasise the double drunkard’s paths and the rectangles at the ends, and she added a (green) square inside the leaf shapes. She also arranged the blocks in a slightly different way, using negative space at the top left and bottom right of the quilt top.

In my design (particularly the first one, at the top of this page), I think the sashing and other spacing between the blocks gives the whole design a lighter feel. The consistent colouring also emphasises different features within the design.

Quilting’s all about joining shapes formed by arcs and lines, and there’s only so many ways you can combine circles and rectangles to create new designs. Similarities are inevitable, but I won’t post a design if I feel like it’s too close to something else out there. In this case, I feel like the differences outweigh the similarities. What do you think?