A super-simple retro design this week. Some lazy lines going this way and that. Kinda how my brain feels at the moment.
I actually tried the design going vertically first, before changing it to horizontal. But now I like them both.
They remind me a bit of mathematical functions. (I’m a former scientist.) Or curly brackets in punctuation. (Now I’m an editor!) But also the retro curvy curtains we had in the living room, growing up in suburban Melbourne. (Can you tell I’m a 70s kid?!).
This is all drunkard’s path blocks and a bunch of rectangles. And the drunkard’s paths are 6 of each kind, so would come together very quickly. Chain-piecing marathon, anyone? Well, more like a sprint really!
I can’t be the only one struggling to focus lately. Working from home is pretty normal for me, and I don’t have kids or pets. So life shouldn’t feel too different when socially distancing… but somehow it does.
I haven’t done any sketching in the past few weeks, so I revisited an old design that I wasn’t originally happy with. I feel like we all need something happy to look at!
This is all simple drunkard’s paths and squares, separated by thin sashing. Another one that would work as a scrappy quilt, or in all solids, or using coordinating fabrics.
I mentioned in last week’s blog post that I had more designs related to Sunday sketch #183 that I’d share in the coming weeks. Rather than stretch them out, I’m including them all in today’s Sunday sketch. Why not?!
These designs all play on the same theme of connected circles. I’ve coloured these ones slightly differently; rather than emphasising the swooshy curved shapes between the circles (like I did in last week’s design), I’ve highlighted the rectangular bit and used another colour for two quarters of each circle.
In the first design, the shapes extend from left to right. I like the sort of checkerboard effect that emerges as a result.
Of course, since I can never decide on a colour palette, I also made a version in which the colours are reversed…
I really liked the cascade effect in last week’s design. Each row of connected shapes had an upward trajectory from left to right, so I tried a downward trend for this design. It means that most of the circles on the left are part of a row of 5 connected circles (and 4 rectangles). However, the second-last row has 4 circles (and 3 rectangles), and the last row has only 2 circles (1 rectangle) – and vice versa at the top of the design.
You might be able to see what I mean a bit more clearly if I use a different colour scheme. See how each colour defines a row of connected shapes?
Keeping each line with the same number of circles and rectangles leads to a nice overall shape for the design.
How about alternating the overall shape while retaining the same downward trajectory for the rows? To do this, I needed to add a few rows again: first a row of 3 circles, then 2, then 1 on its own. I like those lone circles floating at the top and bottom! I also like how the rows step downward while the overall shape leans upward. Little features like that make me happy 🙂
Of course, other overall shapes are possible too. Quilty peeps love a hexie!
Like last week’s Sunday sketch, these designs could all be translated into a quilt pattern fairly easily. They’re all rectangles, squares and drunkard’s path blocks, with a bit of sashing and a lot of background fabric thrown in. If you used only 3 fabrics, there’d be a lot of identical blocks, which means a lot of chain piecing and a pretty quick quilt top!