I’ve been revisiting old themes lately, as I haven’t had much time to sketch amid various other commitments. These things happen. I don’t stress about it… I just make sure when I do have time to sketch, I do as much as I can so I have some spare designs to show, just in case.
This is a design from the ‘windows on the world’ series that I posted a few months ago (sketches #53, #54, #55, #56, #57 and #58). I’ll keep coming back to this idea, because I just love the versatility of such a simple design.
I think to make this one, I’d work out a way of adding half-rectangle triangles directly to the 2×4 rectangles. Or maybe paper-piece them for accuracy.*
*having said that, I just tried foundation paper piecing for the first time yesterday. It took me the better part of 5 hours to make a simple 12″ block! And I still haven’t removed all the paper. I love the idea of FPP in theory, but I’m not sure I love the reality as much as I thought…
I’ve done very little sketching lately. And when I say ‘very little’, I mean ‘absolutely none’. A combination of work, travel…and work travel hasn’t left me much time for quilt-related stuff. But luckily I’ve got extra sketches from awhile back that I can pull out when I need to!
I tried a few different herringbone-like designs a few weeks ago, and here are another two:
Is it still a herringbone design if the stripes point only in one direction?
These designs could be made by cutting stripes at an angle, or by piecing together each stripe from multiple half-rectangle triangles.
Part of what kept me interested in last week’s sketch is the odd perspective — on the left, the top of the zig-zags is in full view; on the right, it’s the bottom. That sort of unnatural, confusing perspective makes me look at the design again and again.
I haven’t played with perspective much yet, so this might be an area I delve into a little more. This week’s sketch is based on a quick doodle that I made of an apartment building façade in Melbourne awhile back; I found it on the back of a receipt when cleaning out my wallet recently.
I like how rotating the sketch gives an entirely new look — a new perspective — to the design:
If you were brave enough to try a Y-seam, this design could be made into a quilt pattern by combining a triangle and two right trapezoids. Otherwise, you could just use two rectangles, one half-square triangle and one 2:1 half-rectangle triangle per block.