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.
I haven’t done much sketching in awhile. I’m not sure if I’m in a bit of a slump, or if I’ve just been overwhelmed with other stuff – work, life, more work, etc. Probably a bit of both.
So here’s a design I sketched a few weeks ago. I set it aside because I wanted to work on it some more… maybe add a second colour on the other side of those crinkly shapes, maybe work on the angles a little. If I get around to developing it a bit more, I’ll post that too.
To translate this sketch into a quilt, you could combine lots of strips (pieced together at an angle, not unlike last week‘s design) or use triangles, rectangles and squares. The 6 crinkly shapes are made up of multiple copies of a single repeating unit (2 x 4 squares in the sketch), so another approach could be to chain-piece a bunch of them instead.
In the past few weeks, skinny rectangles have morphed into wider rectangles, and the vistas outside those rectangular windows have changed from angles to rectangles and back again. By recombining (or developing?) those elements, I’ve created a new design based on the idea of peeking through one layer to see the next one.
Spin the design so the stripes are vertical, and suddenly the rectangle becomes a diamond.
Construction of these designs would be even simpler (and quicker) than the previous Sunday sketches — mostly stripes with a few half-square triangles (for the top design) and half-rectangle triangles (for the bottom design).