Last week’s Sunday sketch included 10 versions of a single design, showing how much a pattern can vary by changing only the colour palette or placement. This week’s Sunday sketch continues on that theme using the same design. Here are 10 more variations!
Let’s start with a two-colour quilt design as a palate (palette!) cleanser 🙂
Just as a reminder of the shapes I’m working with in this design… there are ‘flower’ shapes (shown below in yellow) and the shapes created at their intersections (shown in pink). Both types of shapes have a star in their centre.
Even working with just two colours, there are plenty of ways to vary the design.
The basic versions of the design often let secondary shapes emerge… which I’ve highlighted below in pink. Can you see them in the design above as well?
Or I can take all the shapes within those secondary ‘circles’, and use the reverse colourway (yellow on dark blue, rather than dark blue on yellow). This is a bit more psychedelic…
Back to the more regular pattern… I removed the centres of the stars (colouring them in using the colour of the star’s arms). Those secondary patterns are still clearly visible if you get your eye in.
And then I played more with the star shapes… alternating the level of detail…
…and the colour.
Regular readers know that I often prefer the symmetrical, two-colour versions of my designs. So this next version is one of my favourites. I love how the four corner stars poke out of the overall design.
And the secondary shapes are still there. Highlighted here in white, just for effect.
It’s funny how the feel of this design changes, too. Some of the versions feel quite ‘modern’ to me, while others seem much more ‘traditional’. I’ve often struggled to define ‘modern’ when it comes to quilting, and I don’t necessarily agree with some of the definitions out there. (Also, I’ve often thought about setting up two brands to sell the same quilt patterns… one brand to sell the ‘traditional’ version, and the other to sell the ‘modern’ version. I’d love to know the overlap between those two customer bases!)
Anyway, I digress.
Like Sunday sketch #238, this design is just two blocks alternating in an 11 x 11 grid. One block is two half-circles facing each other; the other is an arrangement of 4 kite blocks. The only difference between all these versions is the colours – what they are, and where they go. And I have a million more variations on this design… well, maybe not a million, but certainly another 30 or 40 (at least). The possibilities are almost endless!
I use curves so much more in my designs now than I used to… probably because I feel more comfortable sewing curves now than I did when I started out quilting. This week’s Sunday sketch uses two blocks in an alternating arrangement: one block is all curves, while the other one is all angles (creating a star shape).
In the first iteration of this design, the stars are coloured differently depending on whether they’re in a ‘flower’ (a shape created by 4 half-circles) or between them.
Colouring all the stars the same way brings those shapes more to the foreground….
And reversing the colourway of the stars – by making the arms dark blue, and the centres white – pushes them to the background, and makes the flower shapes more prominent.
Reducing the colour palette, and flipping the colour from the flowers to the stars, changes the design once again. Look at the movement now! Suddenly secondary curves emerge from all those connected star shapes. I love this version.
But wait, there’s more… 🙂
Adding another colour brings more movement. Now it’s like two pieces of lace, one pink and one yellow, overlapping.
How about we remove the white flowers altogether, and just stick with the stars.
Hmm, perhaps that’s a bit busy (although I still love it). Through those last few designs, another shape has emerged: the stars surrounded by a halo of concave curves. Here they are again, in an alternating colourway. Don’t you just love those big curvy curves that emerge from the dark background?
Anyway, let’s add the missing blocks back in (once again in white).
We can minimise the amount of white by colouring only the centre stars of the flowers.
To help connect the two groups of shapes, let’s make the centres of all the stars the same colour: white. This also helps to bring those larger curves – which almost disappeared in the last few iterations – back into view.
From the first iteration to the last (for now) – all the same design, but quite a different look and feel for each one. I’ll share more versions next week. I have loads!
This design is relatively simple: two blocks, arranged in an 11 x 11 checkerboard pattern. One block consists of two semi-circles, facing each other. The other block is a star shape made of 4 kite-in-a-square blocks, with the kite heads made up of a half-square triangle – 4 of which form the centre square of the star. (Does that block have another name…? Probably, but I don’t know what it is.) The only difference between all these designs is which elements are coloured, and how. Which is your favourite?
Something simple, in a week that’s been anything but.
This design also works in a reverse colourway, with the pinks creating heart shapes that overlap lemons.
This one would be pretty easy to make into a quilt: it’s all squares and drunkard’s path shapes using a consistent background colour.