I had so much fun with last week’s Sunday sketch that I kept playing with those stacked flying geese.
This design is a single block on repeat. Each block has four quarters: two are all half-square triangles (in colour), and two are those diagonal flying geese (in dark grey). Rotating the blocks gives that nice back and forth motion.
The same blocks can also be rotated in other ways – with triangles facing towards or away from each other.
This week’s designs could be made into a quilt using half-square triangles (easy to make using the 8-at-a-time method) and flying geese units plus a few extra triangles. Or you could paper piece the geese shapes (a bit like you’d piece a pineapple blocks, but without cutting off the noses of the triangles). It’d be a great stash-buster or a lovely way to show off a bunch of coordinating prints.
It’s autumn in Australia. Leaves changing colour, blowing everywhere, scrunching underfoot.
It felt like a good time for some triangles!
There’s a few ways this design could be translated into a quilt. I think it would work best with foundation paper piecing using freezer paper templates. You could make the templates as long as you like, and just keep adding to them. Otherwise, you could turn the whole design on point and make it using half-square triangles, but that would introduce a lot of extra seams. You could do flying geese instead, but you’d still have some extra seams (just half as many). Or you could use templates for the triangles, and just piece them in diagonal rows, then match the rows up carefully so all the triangles are aligned.
Like I said, I think it would work best with freezer paper piecing 🙂
More secondary shapes, too, with crosses creating crosses.
I really like the way that the diagonal lines carry through from block to block, which I think is easier to see in this pared-back palette (with only 3 colours).
Those lines also present an opportunity for playing with transparency. I had to use a different colour palette to show you what I mean: red paired with white produces pink crosses where the shapes overlap.
Expanding the colour palette pushes those diagonal lines to the background and brings the individual blocks to the fore.
Those corner bits on each block can be coloured differently too, just to mix things up a bit. I’d be tempted to stick with a limited palette, like the one shown below. Or you could expand the palette but make all those corners the same colour. Otherwise, I think it could all get very busy, very fast.
This design would be relatively easy to translate into an actual quilt. It’s mostly standard blocks and shapes, with a few fiddly bits along the way.