How about a slightly spicy design to follow last week’s palate cleanser?
This started out as a hand-drawn sketch on my Rhodia dot pad, as a mix between flying-geese triangles and half-rectangle triangles (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: triangles are so versatile!). I wanted the lines from each flying geese block to lead into the adjacent flying geese blocks, creating a large zig-zag. And at the same time, the straight lines from the half-rectangle triangles would connect to the facing block.
I recreated the design in EQ8 so that I could play with colour. There are quite a few ways to combine just three colours in this design, each of which give it a slightly different feel.
And, of course, my usual favourite combo of red, pink and white.
I feel like the light pink against the red gives a bit of a transparency feel, and helps to make those large zig-zags – which carve a path down the page – a little clearer.
The design doesn’t necessarily have to flow vertically down the page; it would work just as well horizontally.
These designs could be made into quilts using just two blocks: a flying geese block and a triangle in a square block (or two half-rectangle triangles instead). Pretty straightforward, but with striking results.
A pretty basic design this week, made more interesting by the way it’s coloured.
(And yep, it’s my usual palette of orange, hot pink and yellow!)
I keep trying to find new colour palettes to play with, but I usually end up using at least a few of my favourite colours – like dark blue and light pink – and slotting in something new (like that green).
Isn’t that a lovely mix of colours?
You can also flip this design so that the cross-quilt colour is light instead of dark. I switched the dark blue and white:
Suddenly those shapes seem to come to the foreground, like a layer of lace laid over the top. And the colours themselves seem more interrupted. I think I prefer the darker version!
I also think this design could look pretty cool on point – just angle your head 45 degrees in either direction, and you’ll see what I mean.
This quilt design would be easy to make into an actual quilt: it’s all just half-square triangles and flying geese. Maybe a square-in-a-square to save a bit of time and a few seams.
There should be a name for when the same shape appears in the foreground and the background in a repeating pattern. It hasn’t happened for awhile – the last one I can spot on my Instagram feed was Sunday sketch #110, posted in August 2018. Sunday sketches #102, #103 and #104 are also good examples (I was obviously hung up on that theme then!).
In this week’s design, the pointy crosses – the ones in that light and dark teal – come to the foreground. The coral shapes recede to the background.
But look closer: those coral units are the exact same size and shape – a pointy cross. Each of the background shapes is made from the corners of the adjacent 4 blocks, but they end up being the same as the main shape that appears in the centre of the block.
Together, they make a checkerboard grid on point. The white squares help to break up the repetition, and the slightly different colouring of the two sets of shapes helps to distinguish them further.
Alternating the block colouring helps to define the boundaries between blocks, and disguises the similarity between the foreground and background shapes even more.
Again, those white squares help to break up the colour and the busy-ness of this design.
As a block-based quilt, this one would be relatively easy to make. It’s just half-square triangles, flying geese units, a square-in-a-square unit, and some squares and rectangles. It’d be great for playing with transparency.