This week’s design feels like a palate cleanser. Like a lemon sorbet between courses. A relatively simple block-based design with a gentle pastel palette!
I actually started with a much simpler design, but decided that it felt a bit too empty. Maybe because of the pastel palette rather than the overall layout?
I like the reverse colourway better. I’ve added sashing to separate the blocks (they look too crowded otherwise). Here there are in just one colour per block, with the dark blue (actually more like purple!) corner pieces helping to tie the blocks together.
That darker colour can be used on other pieces within the block, too.
And here’s an alternating arrangement, which I like too!
And, finally, a super-light palette with only the pastels. Removing that darker colour gives a whole new look to this design.
This is one of those designs where I didn’t put much thought into how it could actually be made into a quilt. I’d probably construct the blocks on point. (And, if you tilt your head 45 degrees, you can get an idea of what a on-point layout might look.) I think the blocks could be made from squares, rectangles, and some half-square triangles.
This week’s design is pretty basic (very basic!) but I’m OK with that. I love how the overall layout feels fun and off-kilter because of the different sashing widths. I love the colour palette and those pops of acid yellow. And I love all the movement created by two of the most basic blocks around: half-square triangles and drunkard’s paths.
Here it is without the extra sashing around the HSTs and without the acid yellow.
Wouldn’t this make a great stash-buster pattern? Pick a colour palette and then just start mixing and matching prints (or solids). Quick and easy!
You can probably see how this design evolved from Sunday sketches #259 and #260 – a simple shape with strips sticking out. In this case, the shape is a teardrop-like combo of a half-square triangle and a quarter-circle, and the strips that extend from it create its mirror image.
And, like some of the designs from the past 2 weeks, it’s got sashing. I’ve used the same width of sashing as the width of the other strips. It’s a nice way of separating those background colours and keeping the whole design from feeling too crowded. And it’s narrow enough to let those diagonal lines – from one half-square triangle to the adjacent one – extend across the quilt design without interruption.