Last weekend, I went on a quilt retreat with a bunch of sewing friends – basically just a long weekend away, in a lovely location, doing more sewing that I’ve managed in ages. I got loads done, including sewing curves for the first time (yay!). They were much easier than I’d expected – so much so that I cut and sewed an entire quilt top in around 2 days (the first top I’ve finished in quite a while!).
Anyway, that’s all just to explain why I’ve been playing with curves more in EQ8 this week. Now that I know I can tackle them in real life, I’m more inclined to use them in my designs. Here’s one of a series that I’ll share in the coming weeks….
I started playing with curves, and then the curves just cried out for arrow heads and long tails, which I knew would work well in groups of 4, like a pinwheel. Then I nested the pinwheels so that the arrow heads were facing one another. I love the movement in this design, not to mention the colours! It uses 3 different blocks, with squares, rectangles, flying geese (or half-square triangles, or even quarter-square triangles) and curves (drunkard’s path).
I think I need to make a white-on-black quilt, just to get this colour* scheme out of my system. Or maybe I just need to get better at using Preview to clean up my quilt design pics!
A bit of hand-sketching this week, with lots and lots of short parallel lines as filler. You can probably tell by the wonkiness of the lines where my hand got a little tired/cramped….
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using lots of long strips and a few flying geese.
* I know, I know: black and white aren’t colours 🙂
Back to hand-drawn sketches! This the first week in a looooong time when I’ve posted an actual pen-and-paper sketch rather than something I created on the computer. After a fairly long hiatus, I finally forced myself back to the sketch pad this week.
I started with a fairly rough sketch I’d made of a star block awhile ago. I decided I was happy with it as-is, but repeated it to see what came up. Don’t these look like poinsettias?
From this sketch, I continued to iterate the design, and I’ll post some of the resulting sketches over the next week or so. That process of accidental discovery is something that’s been missing from my software-enabled sketching, which I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Each method definitely has its advantages, but (in my experience, at least) hand-drawn sketching leads to far more creative output.
Still, EQ8 can be useful for colouring in blocks (although still kinda clunky in certain ways):
This design could be made using a combination of squares, rectangles, flying geese or half-square triangles, kite in a square, and triangle in a square.