Back to some curves this week! With some half-square triangles to add a bit of zing.
I want to call this one ‘hairy squares’. It makes me think of those shaggy 70s throw rugs. Remember those?! Or maybe Chewbacca. Anyway….
As always, colour placement makes all the difference when it comes to pushing elements to the background or bringing them to the foreground.
Reversing the colourway and just using black and white introduces the 4 outer curves, which suddenly makes all the circles much more visible (to me, at least).
Flipping to a black background might make them clearer.
Or bringing in a third colour as a background. Now it’s just a stack of circles!
Depending on how you look at it, you might see the circles first or you might see the (hairy) squares. Or maybe the curvy diamonds? You could use a different colour to highlight those instead. Lots of potential for varying the look and feel of this design.
This design would be really easy to make into a quilt pattern. It’s all just drunkard’s path units, half-square triangles, and squares.
For some reason, I took the notion to design a banana block. Yep – a block with two sets of curves that, together, basically resemble a banana. So I did that, but then mixed the blocks up so the bananas were facing different directions, and then coloured the design in such a way that the bananas aren’t so obvious anymore.
Now they look a bit like stacked coins, or maybe eyes peeking out. I originally coloured the design in yellows and oranges (and even brown! I don’t think I’ve ever used brown before). I couldn’t decide which one I preferred, so here’s both.
The original block featured two bananas, either facing one direction, back to back, or together to create a circle. I mixed them up in a 6 x 6 grid, and coloured the bananas differently in each block – one in that rich orange with a pale pink inner curve, and the other vice versa.
Then I decided to try single bananas, facing this way and that. I think I prefer this version; it’s less busy. Who needs that many bananas?!
Two things about me and bananas:
- I developed an intolerance to bananas in my late teens, after a lifetime of LOVING them. Now I can’t eat uncooked bananas… they make me really sick. Thankfully cooked banana (i.e. banana bread!) is OK. Phew!
- Whenever I say ‘banana’, I pretty much always have to say ‘this shit is bananas’ and then sing ‘B-A-N-A-N-A-S‘ from Hollaback Girl. Either in my head or out loud. Usually out loud. 🙂
This design would probably need templates to get the curves just right for making a quilt. I’m not sure I need to make a banana quilt right now, but it’s always good to have options!
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!