I hope you’re all hanging in there, wherever you are in the world and however much coronavirus has disrupted your life and livelihood.
This week’s sketch is another super-simple one with lots of potential for colourplay and even different blocks.
Angle your head by 45 degrees and you can see that these are just square blocks arranged on point. Most of the blocks are either white background or coloured foreground squares. The other blocks are half-snowballs (basically a square with two opposite corners lopped off) and diamond shapes.
I originally started with the two easiest shapes, which might make the grid layout more obvious:
And, since it feels a bit like a chandelier or necklace, I played around with some negative space too…
This would be a great design for a quick and simple scrappy quilt. Many of us have a lot more time up our sleeves now, so feel free to whip one up if you’ve got the scraps!
I thought I was done with ribbon shapes for awhile, but they seem to have cropped up again. This design is a bit like Sunday sketch #74 – lines emanating from the corners of a square to focus on the centre – but with alternating colours.
I started this sketch after thinking about half-square triangles, but sometimes I wonder if it would be easier to translate designs like this one into quilt patterns by creating long strips of alternating colours (dark red and light red, or light red and white), then sub-cutting them at a 45° angle to get strips of those elongated diamond shapes.
I’ll probably refine this sketch further, as it actually has a mistake in the bottom right (chevrons pointing right instead of left). Although it may look like a random design, there is (or is supposed to be) an underlying structure! You know I can’t do spontaneity without a plan 🙂