Tagged: half-rectangle triangles

Sunday sketch #158

If I could only ever design using one shape, I’d have to choose the half-square triangle. I just love it. Whenever I’m sketching aimlessly with no fixed idea in mind, I almost always start with some HSTs. They’re a bit edgy, but a bit tame; totally basic, yet versatile enough to lend themselves to some really sophisticated designs.

Recently, I sketched this idea…

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #158-0

It’s no great shakes, right? Not terribly interesting in black and white, but I decided to recreate it in Electric Quilt 8 to see if some colour would perk it up a bit. Well…

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #158-1

It’s funny what a pop of colour can do! I wasn’t overly inspired by this design on paper, but I really love it mocked up in a bright, fun colour palette.

It also works in monochrome, too… I cropped it slightly, so that it’s almost square and more symmetrical.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #158-2

It’s not so clear, with the white background of the design against the white background of this page, but the half-kite shapes (made up of one HST and one half-rectangle triangle) on the sides balance each other out nicely. I reckon a contrasting binding (red against the white shapes; white against the red shapes) would look pretty cool on this one.

This design would be super-easy to make in monochrome, as each 2×3 block is made from 4 HSTs and 1 HRT. There’s an even number of blocks and half blocks, so you could use the 4-at-a-time HST method (or even 8-at-a-time!) and chain-piece your way to a finished quilt top in no time.

The multicoloured method would take a bit more planning, but nothing too difficult. Just a little bit of patience and a lot of coloured pencils 🙂




Sunday sketch #145

A few weeks ago, I mentioned how much I like playing around with basic shapes like squares and triangles. Here’s another design along the same lines (pun intended!).

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #145

This one emerged from Sunday sketch #143. Sometimes when I’m redrawing a design – so that I can make minor design tweaks or recolour it – I’ll pick out certain shapes (like those central white and green squares) and draw them first, then connect them by drawing all the intervening lines. It’s a methodical and intentional approach that tends to lead to fewer mistakes.

But often, once I’ve drawn the beginning shapes, I veer off in another direction and create a new design. So even though this week’s design is related to #143… the similarities may not be so obvious.

Like many of my recent designs, this one would probably be easiest to convert to a quilt pattern by treating it as a collection of smaller units (half-square triangles and half-rectangle triangles) rather than whole blocks. It’s on point, but not offset by 45 degrees; but you could make it and trim it down to a square easily enough.


Sunday sketch #129

Back to EQ8 this week. You know I love a repetitive, block-based pattern!


This design is just squares and half-rectangle triangles. The HRTs are 3:1 – three times as long as they are wide. If I were to make these, I’d use a Bloc-Loc ruler or maybe even design a paper-piecing template to create the whole block. I like my points to be super-precise!

I’ve played with this design a lot in EQ8, and coloured it in a million ways – many of which look like completely different designs. I’ll show some on Instagram during the week.

I’m really tempted to make this design into a quilt – I just love it! And it’s probably time I tackled 3:1 HRTs.