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!).
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.
I recreated last week’s sketch in Electric Quilt 8 so that I could play around with colours. But it was too difficult to design a quilt with offset blocks – or, I was too lazy to figure out how to do it – so I ended up making minor changes to the design, creating several slightly different iterations instead. Here’s a few.
These are very basic shapes repeated in a fairly simple pattern, so I wouldn’t be surprised if someone somewhere has created this design before. I usually search through my own Pinterest boards to double-check that I’m not posting something that’s similar to anyone else’s work: I don’t want to tread on anyone’s toes, and I’ve got plenty of other designs that I can post instead. I couldn’t find anything the same or similar, but of course, my boards aren’t exhaustive – how could they be, with so many amazing quilts out there?
Treating this more as a block-based design and alternating the block colouring makes it a bit more complex, with a lot more movement.
I can’t decide which one I like more!
There are a few ways these designs could be made into quilts. Probably the easiest would be to work on point: tilt your head 45 degrees to the left (or right) and you’ll see that it’s just a grid of squares – some solid, some half-square triangles, and some quarter-square triangles. Easy peasy!
I like playing with squares and triangles. They’re such basic shapes, but they’re so versatile. The design possibilities always seem endless to me. I was recently sewing up some blocks based on Sunday sketch #84, and decided to explore the idea of triangles around a central square.
(My favourite part of handsketching is those repetitive black lines. I just find them so calming – both to draw and to look at.)
This version is less busy than my original attempt, which squeezed three smaller triangles into each one you can see there. Sometimes less is more 🙂
Because the blocks in this design are offset – shifted one square over instead of directly above or below (or to the left or the right) – the design kinda migrates across the page instead of forming a neat shape with straight edges (like you’d want in a quilt). If you tilt the page a little, you can get a better idea of what a ‘square’ quilt would look like.
Of course, you could keep the orientation in the first image and just crop blocks to get straight edges, but I don’t think that’s as nice.
Because of the offset blocks, this design would be easier to make into a quilt pattern by piecing lots of little units rather than creating whole blocks first. The units themselves are just squares and half-square triangles. You could save a bit of time by using flying geese in some spots.