I bought a double drunkard’s template from Jenny Haynes (Papper, Sax, Sten) awhile back, and I really loved using it to create ‘Blue Wave‘. I keep thinking that I need to design more quilts with that curved motif. And of course, I’m always trying to find new ways to use half-square triangles.
I designed a 2 x 2 block in EQ8: two curves diagonally across from each other, and the other two squares comprising a rectangle and two half-square triangles. There are a million ways you can arrange and colour these blocks, but I settled on a 4 x 4 layout in which the blocks are rotated and feature only 3 colours.
But I also like the look of fewer blocks, all facing the same way.
I’m tempted to tweak this design slightly to remove the bottom-right corner (in hot pink), so that a quilt made from this design would have two square corners and two rounded corners. That’s not something I’ve seen very often (or at all?), but I think it would look pretty cool.
These designs could be made using Jenny Haynes’ double drunkard’s templates (or your own version), rectangles and half-square triangles.
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!