I like playing with squares and triangles. They’re such basic shapes, but they’re so versatile. The design possibilities always seem endless to me. I was recently sewing up some blocks based on Sunday sketch #84, and decided to explore the idea of triangles around a central square.
(My favourite part of handsketching is those repetitive black lines. I just find them so calming – both to draw and to look at.)
This version is less busy than my original attempt, which squeezed three smaller triangles into each one you can see there. Sometimes less is more 🙂
Because the blocks in this design are offset – shifted one square over instead of directly above or below (or to the left or the right) – the design kinda migrates across the page instead of forming a neat shape with straight edges (like you’d want in a quilt). If you tilt the page a little, you can get a better idea of what a ‘square’ quilt would look like.
Of course, you could keep the orientation in the first image and just crop blocks to get straight edges, but I don’t think that’s as nice.
Because of the offset blocks, this design would be easier to make into a quilt pattern by piecing lots of little units rather than creating whole blocks first. The units themselves are just squares and half-square triangles. You could save a bit of time by using flying geese in some spots.
If you’ve followed my Sunday sketches (here or on Instagram) for awhile, you’ll know that I often reuse the same shape in different orientations or arrangements. This week’s sketch uses the same shape as Sunday sketches #138 and #139 – a sort of origami chevron.
Because of its angles and lines, the shape nests in really interesting ways. With this design, I started at one end of the page and meandered towards the opposite edge with no real plan in mind.
The rows of shapes alternate in direction – pointing up or down – which could be highlighted using different colours or fabric combinations.
This week’s design would be slightly easier to make than last week’s, as it can be broken down into separate rows – particularly if the shapes are made using flying geese and quarter-square blocks.
I’ve been playing around with the same shape from Sunday sketch #138 – that origami-like chevron – in a few different designs. I like how it nests together in interesting ways.
I couldn’t figure out how to recreate this design in Electric Quilt 8 (at least, not easily), so you’ll just have to use your imagination with the hand-drawn sketch instead.
Because the chevron units are offset in this design, it might be easier to translate into a quilt pattern using a slightly different construction technique. Instead of quarter-square triangles and flying geese, it would make more sense to build the units using squares and half-square triangles, and arrange them on point. You’d also need some strips and rectangles to fill out each larger block. It’s awkward, but doable.