Tagged: drunkard’s path

Sunday sketch #278

On to something a bit different this week! No more wedges for awhile….

It’s back to curves! All drunkard’s path blocks again. Or are these quarter-circles? I have a feeling that the curves in drunkard’s path blocks don’t extend to the edges of the blocks, but I’ve never found a definitive description. Anyhoo, here we go.

I love this sorta teal blue / golden yellow combo. I discovered this cut-out lemon shape when tiling a completely different block, and decided to run with it. I love the secondary shapes that emerge… up top, there’s like a lacework of ‘D’ shapes going to and fro across the design. By just tweaking the direction of the lemons and the cut-outs in the negative space, the lace overlay becomes a series of alternating circles and squares. Can you see them?

The designs look just as good in the reverse colourway. (In the version on the left, I staggered the layout so the lemons sit in the corners.)

I can tweak the direction again, so the lace overlay becomes a series of new lemons, all facing perpendicularly to the dark blue lemons.

I love how much movement a single block with a few curves can give a design. And how many options there are for arranging blocks to create entirely new layouts.

These designs could be made using drunkard’s path blocks (or quarter-circle blocks) and squares. That’s it. I’ve only used two colours here, although obviously you could expand the palette. But with two colours, you’d just have to chain-piece your way through a bunch of curves and – voilà! – you’d have the prettiest quilt top. I really love this one (I know I say that all the time!); I really want to try making it!

Sunday sketch #263

This week’s design is pretty basic (very basic!) but I’m OK with that. I love how the overall layout feels fun and off-kilter because of the different sashing widths. I love the colour palette and those pops of acid yellow. And I love all the movement created by two of the most basic blocks around: half-square triangles and drunkard’s paths.

Here it is without the extra sashing around the HSTs and without the acid yellow.

Wouldn’t this make a great stash-buster pattern? Pick a colour palette and then just start mixing and matching prints (or solids). Quick and easy!

Sunday sketch #250

Congrats to me for making it to 250! And thank you to you for following along 🙂

Alternating blocks this week: a drunkard’s path and a bunch of half-square triangles.

Rotating the drunkard’s path blocks by 180 degrees gives the impression of moving the circles one block vertically and horizontally. This also gives the impression of a reverse colourway, although the designs are both black circles on white backgrounds. But the previous version had a dark border, whereas this one has a light border.

Alternating the direction of the drunkard’s path blocks introduces new curvy shapes, while leaving the HSTs in the same position.

And, of course, the addition of another colour can help to create new shapes and movement too.

I also tried replacing the HST block with another square block design, just to see how it would look. The ‘waves’ created by the linked drunkard’s path blocks are still there, but now there are diagonal strings of stars instead of those HST blocks. This is giving me big Star Spangled Banner vibes!

These designs are all made with an alternating arrangement of square blocks: either a drunkard’s path block or a block of 9 HSTs (or a small sawtooth star block). The HSTs block can look somewhat traditional rather than modern, but the right combination of colour and contrast will bring it into the 21st century.