Occasionally I go back to old sketches and keep playing with them to see if I can come up with something I like even more. Often I don’t get the chance, because I get distracted by a new design and move off in a different direction.
I loved Sunday sketch #158 when I posted it, but I soon decided that the design was too busy. I revisited it, introducing some negative space to lighten it a bit.
I kept the original colour scheme, but moved the colours around a bit and gave it a black background. I think that helps to rest the eye while also making the colours pop a little more.
I’ve mentioned before that I love playing with columns of half-square triangles, which is pretty much how this design originally came about. Well, why not pare it back to the basics then, to see what just those columns on their own would look like?
I kinda like this minimalist version, although I wonder if it needs the back story to make sense. Although I don’t know why I wonder that, because none of my other designs has a back story!
Taking it a step further, I decided to add back in more HSTs, to fill those empty black columns.
I added corresponding HSTs, in the same colour, to create columns of stacked diamonds. I kinda like this weird moiré-ish effect.
Here are the three together so you can see the progression from one to the next:
I think I prefer the middle one after all!
I love half-square triangles. I often sit down with a sketch pad or EQ8 and just play with HSTs, trying to create something new or different.
I’m obsessed with creating designs around columns of HSTs. You can see examples of this in recent designs like Sunday sketch #155, #157 and #158, and in patterns like Wildwood and Heartbreaker (the original name of the pattern that became Raspberry Crush when it was published). See the columns of HSTs just stacked on top of each other? It’s such a simple motif but it can be used in so many ways. I love it!
Here’s another design based around the same principle.
Nothing fancy, and perhaps a bit psychedelic in terms of colour 😉 but just another excuse to create those zig-zaggy columns of HSTs. Maybe I should’ve spaced them closer together so I could’ve fit more in?!
A pretty basic design this week, made more interesting by the way it’s coloured.
(And yep, it’s my usual palette of orange, hot pink and yellow!)
I keep trying to find new colour palettes to play with, but I usually end up using at least a few of my favourite colours – like dark blue and light pink – and slotting in something new (like that green).
Isn’t that a lovely mix of colours?
You can also flip this design so that the cross-quilt colour is light instead of dark. I switched the dark blue and white:
Suddenly those shapes seem to come to the foreground, like a layer of lace laid over the top. And the colours themselves seem more interrupted. I think I prefer the darker version!
I also think this design could look pretty cool on point – just angle your head 45 degrees in either direction, and you’ll see what I mean.
This quilt design would be easy to make into an actual quilt: it’s all just half-square triangles and flying geese. Maybe a square-in-a-square to save a bit of time and a few seams.