If you’ve been following me for awhile, this week’s Sunday sketch might look familiar. It’s a reworking of my pattern Heartbreaker, using half-rectangle triangles instead of half-square triangles.
(Heartbreaker was published in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine in 2018 and renamed ‘Raspberry Crush’.)
So let’s call the original Heartbreaker I and this one Heartbreaker II. Changing the basic unit from a HST to a HRT does a few things… first, whereas Heartbreaker I uses 5 colours, Heartbreaker II uses only 4. It can be hard to find the gradation of colours necessary to make this design, so the fewer colours needed, the better. And second, I felt like the elongated shape of the HRT called for a vertical rather than horizontal arrangement, so I’ve rotated the layout 90 degrees from the original. This makes it a bit easier to see the ‘heart’ shapes that prompted the name.
I’m working on releasing Heartbreaker I as a pattern. It’s still one of my all-time favourite quilt designs. Maybe I should add a variation for Heartbreaker II??
I’m in a very triangle-y mood lately.
This is a single block that’s repeated, rotated and flipped. The block has two half-square triangles (of the same size) and two half-rectangle triangles (one big, one small). My only rule when arranging the blocks was that a tip of a triangle in one block had to touch the tip of a triangle in the adjacent blocks. Well, there was maybe one more rule: I tried to avoid adjacent blocks being in the same orientation, although I can see a few in there.
I actually started with the reverse colourway, but the white background felt a bit too stark for me.
The blocks can also be arranged a bit more regularly/orderly – although not all the layouts are nice to look at. I quite like this one though, with the central stars.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using half-square triangles and half-rectangle triangles, and some oddly shaped rectangles of background fabric. There are no partial seams necessary though, so once all the individual units were made, the blocks would come together pretty quickly.
This week’s series of designs is all about retro windmills. And pinwheels. Can you say that ten times fast…?
I came up with this design very quickly in EQ8. I started with an idea of adding a curve to a half-rectangle triangle (why not?), and then playing with placement. I made a square block with two of those shapes facing each other, then repeated them, and rotated them. Then tried to find some retro colour schemes that would fit this mid-century-modern-ish design!
The design offers lots of colouring options (from simple to more complicated). This one reminds me of cotton swabs. I can’t decide if this one’s really my favourite….
More complicated colouring just seems to detract from the simple yet striking design.
Rotating the blocks provides even more colouring options. Check out the pinwheel shapes that emerge when you turn each block 90 degrees. (The windmill shapes are still there too.)
The design works in many different combinations of three colours (or two plus white).
I can create a similar effect with just the pinwheels instead. Same blocks, small variation.
Turning the blocks again can produce a slightly chaotic design. I like this one – at first glance it seems disordered, but when you look more closely, you can see that it’s actually a regular, repetitive layout. The windmill shapes are still there; there are just fewer of them (only four complete windmills per colour), with hints of others around the outside.
I stuck with the slightly offset layout, just for something different. But many of these designs would work in a square layout with smaller, matching borders (or none at all).
Each block is made up of drunkard’s path blocks or semicircles, plus two half-rectangle triangles. A chain-piecing dream!