I’ve been working on a magazine quilt that uses thick lines to delineate a shape, and it got me thinking about how else I could use similar lines. I’ve also been inspired by Steph Skardal‘s progress on lots of nested-curve foundation paper-piecing. I’ve had an idea in my head for awhile that involves curves and stripes, but for some reason I could never get it quite right. Finally the stars aligned and I managed to download what was in my head into EQ8 and onto the page.
This week’s design is just a simple block on repeat. There are a million and one ways to arrange this block, but I quite liked this one!
As much as I love two-colour designs, it’s still fun to try a multicolour palette. As usual, I love the combination of a fiery red and a hot pink, along with bold black lines.
I love how the horizontal lines draw your eye across this design too. Lots of movement!
And the reverse colour way, with a black background and white foreground, is also striking (although perhaps not as much).
This design would be a great one for trying out Steph’s foundation paper piecing technique. Otherwise, I think you’d need templates to get the required precision. Not necessarily a quick design, but fairly straightforward!
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.
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…
…in a few different colour variations.
Then I moved to the more complex version…
… 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?).
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.