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.
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.
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!