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Sunday sketch #13

I’ve been playing with Adobe Illustrator a bit lately. As I explained to a friend recently, I learn about 5 new things every time I use it… and promptly forget about 3 of the things I learned last time. It’s complicated! Still, I’m making progress.

I found* the perfect inspiration for some Illustrator practice this week: a fantastic minimalist print by Melinda Wood Designs, which she sells through her Etsy shop:

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(*thanks to Quilt by Starlight, who pinned it to one of her many awesome Pinterest boards).

I love the simplicity and boldness of Melinda’s design, not to mention its geometry. I immediately wanted to use those intersecting triangles to create something in Illustrator. After figuring out how to make equilateral triangles and how to fill individual parts of shapes, I came up with the following repetitive design…

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I wasn’t sure about those empty hexagons, so I tried filling them with smaller triangle frames:

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Hmm, maybe too busy.

I decided to simplify the design by concentrating on those triangular frames to create a secondary pattern of 6-pointed stars. But how the %&$#@ could I do that in Illustrator? It took me awhile, but I figured it out.

 

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And finally, all in one colour with contrasting frames. This one reminds me of Islamic geometric patterns.

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Don’t look too closely, or you’ll see how rough my Illustrator skills are!

Adding in a second colour helps to differentiate those 6-pointed stars.

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I’m not sure how best to construct a quilt from these patterns – probably either foundation paper piecing or traditional piecing using diamond and triangle templates. There’d be points where 6+ fabric pieces would be coming together, which would require some nifty seamwork and/or a super-hot iron to avoid lumps.

 

Thanks to Melinda for kindly allowing me to refer to her artwork in this post. I’m not affiliated with her store in any way – I’m just a new fan of her work, which you can also see on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday sketch #1

I’m great with deadlines, but usually only if someone else sets them. When it comes to getting stuff done, I respond much better to external demands than to my own self-imposed pressure. Which might explain why I haven’t updated this blog in awhile, and why I don’t sew nearly as much as I’d like to….

Lately I’ve made time to sketch quilt designs, and it’s been a real boost to my creative energy. I switch between a Rhodia dot pad and a Moleskine squared notebook. I use a fountain pen or a ballpoint pen. I doodle and faff until I hit on some idea or design that I feel like completing. Some days I end up with lots to like; other days, not so much.

So to solve the problem of what to do with this blog, and to give myself an incentive to keep sketching, I’m going to start a weekly series: Sunday sketch. I’ll upload pics of my designs from the previous week, alone or with a brief commentary. If any of the designs ever progresses to a quilt pattern or an actual quilt, I’ll post that too.

Geometriquilt: Sunday Sketch #1

First up: an effort from the past few weeks. I haven’t experimented much with half-rectangle triangles or flying geese yet (despite having BlocLoc rulers specific for both), but I like the idea of combining them in a single colour. I chose blue because I had a blue pencil handy, but I can picture this in another colour, or in scrappy and low-volume fabrics.