Tagged: half-rectangle triangles

Sunday sketch #124

I have a pretty big backlog of EQ8 designs to share, which is probably one of the reasons why I’ve felt less urgency to hand-sketch lately. I did pick up my dot pad recently though, which always feels great and makes me wonder why I don’t do it more often.

This week’s sketch arose from another series that I haven’t shared here. Sometimes a design is nothing special, but it leads to something else that’s more interesting. This design is an example of that… I started with some long skinny rectangles set at an angle, but they were kinda boring. But then I cut each one in half diagonally, and created this spiky block.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #124-1

Repeated in a 4 x 4 layout, the last spike in each block meets up with the first spike in the next block, which lends some continuity to the whole design. Emphasising different sides of each block – through the use of dark and light colours – also helps to make new shapes.

There are a million and one ways to colour this design – and to create new shapes through colour. Of course, I usually settle on the obvious: a gradation from dark to light. Reds seemed like a good choice for such a dynamic design.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #124-2

This design would be easiest to translate into a quilt pattern using foundation paper piecing. I’m not normally a fan of FPP, but in this case I think it would be super-easy way to get the crisp lines and angles needed to make this design pop.

Sunday sketch #115

Remember the ‘comb’ shapes from last week (and previous weeks)? Here they are again, only shorter and fatter, with some extra lines thrown in for good measure.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #115-1

There are so many potential ways to connect the combs, but I opted for half-rectangle triangles. Then I decided to add some cross-hatching to see what other elements popped out.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #115-2

This sketch would be easily translatable into a quilt pattern using half-rectangle triangles.

Sunday sketch #114

There are only so many shapes to choose from in quilting. One of the design elements that I keep coming back to is the half-rectangle triangle and – more specifically – lines with a 1:2 gradient (that is, they go up or down 1 unit with every move sideways of 2 units… as if you laid a 2:1 HRT on its side). I’ve stacked up lines like this in previous sketches (look at Sunday sketches #102 and #103, for example), and I’m revisiting them again this week.

I started with a ‘comb’, which is basically just a series of those diagonal lines, joined up vertically on either side. Then I overlapped another one, and another one, which created these funny little cat faces in the middle.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #114-1

I decided that maybe I should see what the same design looked like with the ‘combs’ facing different directions. So I redrew the whole thing, alternating the angles. Instead of up-down-up, now they’re down-up-down.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #114-2

Not a huge difference, although the first column of cats is now upside-down. But somehow I do prefer the second sketch. It has a slightly different feel to me, although I can’t quite put my finger on why.

Anyway, then I decided that I wanted to see more of these combs overlapping, but instead of arranging them vertically, I thought I’d try them horizontally. Time to pull out the A4 Rhoda dot pad for some larger sketching!

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #114-3

Again, this has quite a different feel than the previous two sketches, despite being based on the same core design. The scale is a bit smaller (assuming the overall quilt dimensions were about the same) and there’s a bit more movement. I like them all, but for different reasons.

I love the look of the clean black lines in this sketch, but colour would add another dimension. And there’s obviously some real potential here for transparency in colour play.