I’m pretty sure I once said that the half-square triangle was my favourite quilt shape. But I think I’m changing my mind. I am loving half-rectangle triangles at the moment!
I feel like half-rectangle triangles just have more energy somehow. That sharper angle just gives it a more zig-zaggy zing somehow. OK, that sounds a bit wacky. But hopefully you know what I mean 🙂
The motif in this design – which is a bit like a bolt of electricity crossing the page* – has sooooo much potential. I created a bunch of designs along this theme, but these ones were some of my favourites.
* I say ‘page’, because I started off sketching this on paper, before moving over to EQ8 to speed things along.
Anyway, here are some more designs along the same theme. First up – the zig-zags arranged horizontally, in a limited colour palette.
Or arranged in a cascade. The design on the left follows a regular pattern in only two colours, while the one on the right has a more irregular pattern and an expanded palette of four colours. Funny how just a few small changes can make such a big difference!
Or back to the original, simplest version, with a vertical rather than a horizontal orientation. I probably should’ve put a border around this one to make it clearer against the white background of this webpage, but you get the gist.
These designs can be translated into quilt patterns using HRTs, HRTs and more HRTs! And some rectangles and/or long strips, too.
This week’s design came out of the same sketching session that produced Sunday sketch #207. You can see that they use a lot of the same shapes (half-square triangles and half-rectangle triangles). Whereas Sunday sketch #207 used a single small motif repeated over and over, this design is a 6 x 6 layout of a spiky block that’s rotated up or down, creating more spiky secondary shapes.
This design could be rotated so the bands of coloured shapes extend vertically instead, but I prefer the horizontal layout. I can see the hint of diagonal lines extending between the blocks, thanks to the angles of some of those shapes. And for some reason, they’re less clear in the vertical layout (at least to me).
With a design like this, which extends to two sides of the frame (rather than all four), adding a border (like the binding on a quilt) gives a slightly different feel.
The reverse colourway also works (without binding, this time).
I was playing with this design when Libs Elliott announced the release of her latest range of fabrics, Phosphor, which is due in stores in August. It looks like a great collection of super-saturated, vibrant colours with a faint denim pattern. I downloaded the image files from Andover Fabrics and imported them into my EQ8 fabric library. Here’s Dayglow mixed with Kona Storm. This pic doesn’t do it justice!
I love working with solids and basics, so I’m looking forward to seeing these fabrics in person.
This design uses mostly half-square triangles and half-rectangle triangles, although there’s one triangle in the block that’s non-standard. Paper-piecing would probably be the easiest way to get the angles right without complicated cutting and measuring. Of course, the design could be tweaked to replace that non-standard shape with a half-rectangle triangle, but it gives a slightly different look overall, and I preferred this one. Sometimes the easiest way is not the best way 🙂
This week’s sketch uses the same motif as last week’s, but with an added row of blocks and a different colour scheme.
For some reason, I prefer this design arranged vertically rather than horizontally, but of course it would work either way. And it can be coloured in a million different ways. Here are just a few examples….
These first two versions highlight the vertical lines between blocks.
That can be taken a step further by iterating through a few different colour pairings for each column of blocks. This one’s one of my favourites. I feel like the big vertical zig-zags are much more obvious in the second and fourth columns than in the others. Can you see what I mean?
Or we can use colour to ignore the delineation between the columns:
In hindsight, I think all of these designs would’ve worked better if I’d extended the blocks to the top and bottom of the quilt top, rather than having a white border all the way around. An easy fix, but not one I could be bothered going back to correct right now 🙂
And, finally, a horizontal layout just to show you what it looks like.
That design cycles through three colours from top to bottom – green, black, white – and I used six rows of shapes to ensure that the top and bottom of the quilt top both ended up being green. It’s a fairly busy, energetic design as a result! Not necessarily one of my favourites, but I still liked it enough to post.
Like last week’s design, this one’s all flying geese units and half-rectangle triangles (or triangle-in-a-square units).