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?!
If I could only ever design using one shape, I’d have to choose the half-square triangle. I just love it. Whenever I’m sketching aimlessly with no fixed idea in mind, I almost always start with some HSTs. They’re a bit edgy, but a bit tame; totally basic, yet versatile enough to lend themselves to some really sophisticated designs.
Recently, I sketched this idea…
It’s no great shakes, right? Not terribly interesting in black and white, but I decided to recreate it in Electric Quilt 8 to see if some colour would perk it up a bit. Well…
It’s funny what a pop of colour can do! I wasn’t overly inspired by this design on paper, but I really love it mocked up in a bright, fun colour palette.
It also works in monochrome, too… I cropped it slightly, so that it’s almost square and more symmetrical.
It’s not so clear, with the white background of the design against the white background of this page, but the half-kite shapes (made up of one HST and one half-rectangle triangle) on the sides balance each other out nicely. I reckon a contrasting binding (red against the white shapes; white against the red shapes) would look pretty cool on this one.
This design would be super-easy to make in monochrome, as each 2×3 block is made from 4 HSTs and 1 HRT. There’s an even number of blocks and half blocks, so you could use the 4-at-a-time HST method (or even 8-at-a-time!) and chain-piece your way to a finished quilt top in no time.
The multicoloured method would take a bit more planning, but nothing too difficult. Just a little bit of patience and a lot of coloured pencils 🙂