The drunkard’s path shape (single or double) is now something I’m comfortable sewing – so I feel like my brain is more open to the possibility of creating designs with it. Unfortunately I still can’t draw a decent curve, so I use EQ8 to design curve-based quilts. I can’t always translate what’s in my brain to the screen, but playing around with the software can still produce some fun(ny) ideas.
The colour and the optical illusion just feel really 80s to me, although I can’t put my finger on exactly why… it reminds me of something, but I’m not sure what.
You can probably see from the hints of red along the bottom and right-hand side of this image that the design started out a bit bigger, but I cropped it. I’ll often create something in EQ8 and then decide that I like a smaller version. It might mean that a block is cut off (and that the actual construction of the quilt might take a little more effort), but I usually think about design first, construction second.
This design could be made into a quilt using a ton of drunkard’s path blocks and squares of background colour. Not technically difficult, but very repetitive!
A quick and simple curvy design.
You could colour this in different ways to make it look quite different. The blues make it feel quite water-y to me, a bit oceanic.
This would be easy to make into an actual quilt: it’s just drunkard’s path blocks and rectangles. Grouped into threes to make a block, then repeated in a 4 x 4 layout.
I’ve been trying to be more imaginative with curve designs lately, but it be difficult. I think my designs often follow my own sewing abilities (in other words, ‘could I make this?’), and I’m not very experienced when it comes to sewing curves. But sometimes basic designs can be just as effective as more complicated ones. This design, I could definitely make:
I love incorporating the same shape in multiple ways in a single design. In this case, all the Xs (the whites in the foreground and the reds in the background) are the same size; it’s the colouring that sets them apart.
There are plenty of possibilities with this pattern. Just removing some of the foreground circles opens it up a bit:
Those background Xs, in red, can become a sort of supporting trellis for the circles if they’re connected:
But the trellis can be broken up a bit by removing some of the connecting parts:
And different colours can give the design an entirely different feel. How about a Nordic cross-stitch vibe:
Or maybe a candy shop colourway?
The quilt design could be made into a pattern using (slightly amended) drunkard’s path units and strips or rectangles. A template would probably be easiest for the curves.