The logical progression from last week’s Sunday sketch was to flip the design around, so that the curves are on the inside and the sharp edges are on the outside.
I mentioned last week that I’ve been playing with pale colours in EQ8 to try and recreate a scrappy, low-volume look. I don’t like using prints in EQ8 – they’re just a bit too much for my brain to handle 🙂 But I love the look of scrappy quilts so I’m pleased to have found a design compromise.
I tried this approach in a few colour palettes. Warm tones, which makes the design look very sunny (literally)!
And some paler tones too.
Of course, a quilt made from this design doesn’t need to be scrappy. There are other ways of using colour to define the different elements, such as highlighting those squares between the blocks.
Oops, I can see one half of a flying geese unit that I didn’t colour in, at the bottom left. Argh, and another one, in the block above it! Haha I missed that when creating the design, exporting the PDF, saving the PDF as a JPEG, and cropping the JPG to use in this post. It’s funny how it can take awhile to see something so obvious. Oh well. That’s life.
Like last week’s design, this week’s Sunday sketch is made from drunkard’s path units, flying geese or half-square triangles, and squares.
Regular readers know that I’m a sucker for block designs that create secondary shapes when they’re put together. This week’s design features corner curves that combine to create whole circles, plus flying geese that combine to create squares…. all around a standard sawtooth star.
There are really three main elements to this block design: the star, the star surround, and the background. That gives lots of opportunity for different colour combinations (part of me really wants to do the math to see how many, but I won’t 🙂 ). Here’s just the star surround on its own in colour, with the other two elements (star and background) in white:
Or both the star and the star surround in a mixed palette:
I feel like the circles are more prominent when they’re in white – what do you think? I love how the secondary shapes in any design can be brought forward or pushed back, depending on how they’re coloured (alone and in relation to other elements).
I realised recently that I could sorta recreate the look/feel of a scrappy, low-volume background in EQ8 by using some really pale Kona colours. (I always use Kona colours in my EQ8 designs, mostly because Robert Kaufman has the most colours and they’re the easiest fabrics for me to find/buy.)
This next version of the design combines bright, saturated colours for the stars with white surrounds and scrappy, low-volume backgrounds. Maybe this one’s my favourite?!
This design is made from drunkard’s path units, flying geese and squares. That’s it!
Back to curves this week. This shape reminds me of pills, but also those tongue depressors (remember those?). It’s got a kinda quirky retro feel that lends itself well to a range of colour palettes.
I started with the gentler palette then tried some bolder colours.
And then tried a bunch of retro colour schemes, too.
This design would scale up or down really easily, either by adding/subtracting blocks or changing their size. It’s all just drunkard’s path units and rectangles (skinny strips and fatter rectangles).