Somehow, with a few more tweaks here and there, I managed to transform Sunday sketches #132 and #133 into this week’s design: more curves, a different colour palette, and more secondary shapes emerging.
The combination of red, hot pink, orange and warm yellow is one of my favourite colour palettes. I managed to get 3 out of 4 in this quilt design – not bad!
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using lots of curves; templates would probably be the best way to ensure precision.
I mentioned in last week’s post that Sunday sketch #132 led to a whole series of new designs – just by tweaking a few things here and there. I won’t post every iteration, but here’s the next interesting one.
Can you tell what I changed? I reduced the design to two colours, so the palette doesn’t overpower the pattern. (Also so I could work with the design more easily; lots of colours just distracts me and makes it difficult for me to focus on the design itself.) The small yellow squares are now larger yellow curvy diamonds (for lack of a better word), and a few more straight edges have been replaced with curves – which together create new circles as secondary shapes within the design. Don’t you love it when that happens?!
Like last week’s design, this one is based on just two blocks. They both include lots of curves, which would probably be easier to make using templates.
I’ve been trying to be more imaginative with curve designs lately, but it be difficult. I think my designs often follow my own sewing abilities (in other words, ‘could I make this?’), and I’m not very experienced when it comes to sewing curves. But sometimes basic designs can be just as effective as more complicated ones. This design, I could definitely make:
I love incorporating the same shape in multiple ways in a single design. In this case, all the Xs (the whites in the foreground and the reds in the background) are the same size; it’s the colouring that sets them apart.
There are plenty of possibilities with this pattern. Just removing some of the foreground circles opens it up a bit:
Those background Xs, in red, can become a sort of supporting trellis for the circles if they’re connected:
But the trellis can be broken up a bit by removing some of the connecting parts:
And different colours can give the design an entirely different feel. How about a Nordic cross-stitch vibe:
Or maybe a candy shop colourway?
The quilt design could be made into a pattern using (slightly amended) drunkard’s path units and strips or rectangles. A template would probably be easiest for the curves.