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!
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.