I’m still following the theme of overlapping diamonds – this time a little simpler.
Diamonds making diamonds – starting with one size, ending with three.
This would be a great design for playing with transparency (check out my Pinterest board for some great examples of other quilts doing this.)
Normally I’d give suggestions on how such a design might be translated into a quilt pattern, but this one looks a little tricky. Paper piecing might make the most sense… otherwise I think there’d be lots of fabric pieces of different size to fit together. And/or some partial seams.
I go through phases where I sketch a single shape over and over again. Triangles, squares and rectangles, octagons, diamonds… I get stuck on a theme and see where it takes me. Invariably, it takes me to the same place: overlapping.
Overlap diamonds and you get more diamonds. Overlap them, and… well, you get the picture. Lots of lots of diamonds. I use graded cross-hatching to show the level of overlap (as on the sides in this sketch), or just to differentiate shapes (as in the middle).
To make this sketch into a quilt, I’d probably piece diamond units into (diagonal) strips before piecing the strips together.
I don’t know why, but I seem to see a sketch more clearly when I take a photo and look at that instead. When I finished this sketch, I didn’t notice that the small diamonds on the bottom
left right are missing their median cross-hatch, but it was the first thing I saw in the photo. Hmm.
Last week I posted the first in a series of designs using diamonds, a shape I don’t sketch – or sew – very often. The first sketch was an ordered, regular pattern; this one’s more improv.
This design reminds me of the twists and turns of barbed wire, with sharp edges pointing in every direction. The diamonds are 2:1 scale – in other words, they’re twice as high as they are wide. You can see ink spots in some of the long lines where I paused to check I was on the right trajectory!
I don’t always know how a design would (or could) be made into a pattern when I’m sketching. Most of the time, I figure it out after I’ve put the pen down. In this case, I think it would involve a lot of angled strips and diamonds, and maybe even some half-rectangle triangles. Plus some partial seams, and a lot of planning.