Tagged: half-circle

Sunday sketch #314

This is one of my favourite Sunday sketches in a long time. It combines two of my favourite things: a simple yet effective design, and an understated palette that I’ve used before. It feels a little retro, a little modern. I love it.

Colouring the blocks slightly differently introduces horizontal lines and makes it clearer where blocks begin and end.

And then rotating the blocks introduces new shapes and movement.

That last one’s maybe a bit too trippy, but I love the first two designs! Although I can’t decide which I prefer… I like the simplicity of the first one, until I see the second one and realise I like the added horizontal lines… but maybe less is more?! Arrghh. (This indecision is probably the main reason I don’t make more quilts!)

These designs could be made into quilts using quarter- or half-circles (or drunkard’s path units), half-square triangles and rectangles. I love the limited palette of just three colours, but perhaps the design is simple enough that it could work with a broader palette?

Sunday sketch #311

Combining two motifs today – a curve and some sharp points.

This week’s designs started with a simple block: a circle with some internal zig-zags (similar to two adjacent half-rectangle triangle units). Here’s some alternative layouts and colourings so it’s clearer to see what I started with.

There are some interesting internal shapes in there, which you can see if you get your eye in.

I used colouring to emphasise only one side of the circle in the first design. It also works in a vertical orientation too.

This week’s designs would probably be easiest to make using paper piecing. I’d do the zig-zags first, then cut them out in a circle shape and piece that into a larger outer piece. Maybe a bit pesky, but do-able. Which is not to say that I have any plans to do it… 🙂