I’ve been playing with a new shape this week, sketching it over and over again in new orientations. The repetition is meditative!
Like last week’s sketch, I redrew this sketch in Electric Quilt 8, just to play with the colours. For lack of any better ideas, I stuck with two of my favourite colours.
This block – does it have a name, that heart-ish, arrow-ish block? – is so versatile, and it would be easy to make. A quarter-square triangle on top of a flying geese unit, or a square and some half-square triangles… there are a few different ways to approach this block, all of them fairly easy.
Next week, I’ll share some related designs using this block.
Back to basics this week, with a very minimalist hand-drawn sketch.
I was caught out without my Rhodia dot pad, so just used a gridded Moleskine notebook that I always keep in my bag. The corners are a bit dog-eared, but it does the trick!
Sometimes I’ll redraw sketches in EQ8 so that I can play around with colour a bit. Having said that, I still struggle to find colour palettes that look good, so I tend to stick with the same colours/shades for awhile… this is clearly my ‘teal period’:
I originally wanted to keep the centre squares the same colour, to make it more obvious that they’re immovable regardless of where the ‘bars’ are coming from. But in the end, I liked a mix of shades and tints more.
It’s funny, but sometimes colouring a design will help me to see areas of imbalance or asymmetry (which I tend to avoid). In this design, I can see that I’d probably rotate the bottom-right square 180 degrees – both to avoid two adjacent squares having the bar jutting out from the top left, and to add a square with the bar coming from the bottom right, because there aren’t many of those in the vicinity. Then again, that would mean that 3 of the 4 corner pieces have the bar coming from the same direction… which might also bug me. Designs like this one can take me a long time to finalise 🙂
This design would be super-easy to make into a quilt… it’s all rectangles, squares and half-square triangles.
I realised afterwards that my design is somewhat similar to the ‘Corner Lot‘ quilt pattern by Craftsy.* I don’t know who the designer is (Craftsy doesn’t say), but I L♥O♥V♥E their colour palette!
* Not an affiliate link, because I don’t do those.
I was watching a TV show the other day, and the characters were sitting in a cafe that had some interesting decor in the background. A quick screenshot and some rough sketches on paper led to a bit of experimentation in Electric Quilt 8 – and this week’s design.
This design is based on only two blocks: one made using strips (rectangles) and squares, and the other using half-square triangles or flying geese units. They’re set on point; if you tilt your head sideways a bit, you might be able to see how they come together.
I created multiple variations of this design by making minor changes to both blocks. I’ll be posting them over the next few weeks, so see if you can spot how I moved from one design to the next!