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Sunday sketch #359

This week’s sketch(es) remind me a little of Sunday sketch #296 – they’re both tessellations of a curvy shape with a star in the middle.

Whereas Sunday sketch #296 relied mostly on half-circles, this week’s shape uses quarter-circles or drunkard’s path units. Here I’ve used palette of three colours.

But two also works….

Or more than two. (With a busier palette, I often like to use one colour for a single element of all the blocks for a bit of consistency: here I’ve used white.)

You can get a better idea of the basic building block from this next version, where I’ve used a single colour (plus background colour) per block. The ‘reverse’ tessellated shapes (the ones that are mostly background colour) are made from the corner elements of 4 adjacent blocks.

This week’s designs use a 4 × 4 block in a standard layout, and each block is made up of quarter-circle/drunkard’s path units, plus a few orange peel units. The precise number would depend on your preferred layout, of course.

This is by no means a completely original shape; I’m sure it’s out there already in quilt land. I haven’t saved anything like it on my Pinterest board of curvy quilts, but that doesn’t mean it’s not out there. If you know of a quilt pattern based on this shape, let me know and I’ll update this post!


Sunday sketch #351

The colour palette this week makes me so happy that I found it really difficult to pare down the list of designs to share. I’ll walk you through the slight variations between each one, and you can decide which one(s) you prefer!

This is a fairly simple block-based design that looks like it’s set on point but isn’t. I’ve never sewn an orange peel block before, but I can do drunkard’s path units (quarter-circles), so I figure it’s just one more step, right?

In this first version, I’ve used colour for the circles and either white or dark blue for the inner four-pointed concave stars.

I can mix those colours around though, to produce slight variations that feel heavier or lighter. On the left, the coloured circles that previously had inner dark stars are now dark circles with inner coloured stars. On the right, I’ve stripped colour out from alternate blocks.

Or I can darken those stars in the coloured circles instead.

I often like changing up the outside edges of designs. Instead of colouring those outer circles, I’ve opted here to focus on the stars. I love this effect. Other minor changes in colour placement help to lighten the overall design.

And then I removed the stars from the outer edges, to focus on that blocky checkerboard pattern instead. I like this one too!

And finally, removing the outermost dark squares smoothes the edges of the blocks, making the design look like square blocks on point (which it actually isn’t). This is probably my least favourite version of the design, but I still like it enough to include!

This week’s designs are made using orange peel units, squares and triangles (which could be made from quarter-square triangles too). As always, I think the hardest part would be deciding which version to make, and then settling on a colour palette!


Sunday sketch #339

OK, so this week’s sketch is almost identical to a variation of Sunday sketch #338, but I’ve changed the colour palette to show how colour placement can create new effects – in this case, ’emptying’ out some of the orange peels by using the background colour. That creates some interesting movement at the outside vertical edges.

Even though the outside columns have only half-peels, the surrounding lines complete the shapes in your brain.

I like highlighting those hints of a curve, without revealing the whole orange peel shape.


The main block this week is the same as last week’s: an orange peel positioned vertically in the middle of a block, bisected horizontally by a line that cuts the whole block into two rectangles. Of course, the block can also be flipped so the orange peel lies horizontally. (I’ve also added sashing between the columns in this next version.)

I like the added movement that those hard corners and rounded edges bring. Different colouring can introduce even more movement. In the next version, the horizontal lines created by the block borders trace back and forth down the page like a snake, echoed by the path that the orange peels take. A bit ‘snakes and ladders’, if you like!

These designs could be made into quilts using the same approach as last week; templates would probably be the easiest way to go. I’ve never tried sewing these shapes before, but the curve would be gentler than a drunkard’s path curve, so possibly easier? I’ll have to try it and find out.