Can you believe it?! I’ve managed to post a new Sunday sketch every week for 150 weeks in a row! I should’ve probably organised something special for this week, but I’m just posting my latest sketch.
This design repeats the same shape – made mostly by half-square triangles – four times in a single block, then repeats the block in a 4×4 formation.
I love that happy colour palette!
Adding a twisted square in the centre of the block helps to create new shapes – four little hearts, pointing in four different directions – and provides new options for colouring. This version of the design kinda reminded me of petals around the centre of a flower, so I coloured it in my go-to palette of white and warm yellow.
And, of course, now I can’t decide which one I like more.
This pattern could be made using half-square triangles and rectangles. In the second version, the centre might need to be paper-pieced for precision. In both cases, you’d need to sew a partial seam (just one) to piece the four shapes around the central square.
Whenever I get an idea but don’t have the time or opportunity to sketch it out in full, I just jot it down in my notepad and come back to it later. (So my notepad is full of scribbles, half-baked ideas and failed attempts!)
I was in Japan recently for work (and a bit of fun) and managed to note down a few ideas. This first one – which I ended up sketching out properly when I got home, before recreating in EQ8 – is based on a motif in a company logo. I was sitting in a meeting in Japan and some of the related paperwork listed companies in my industry… and I had to pull out my Moleskine to sketch a modified version. I don’t think I’m ever not thinking about quilting design.
Here’s the sketch, which took a few attempts to work out (and which I didn’t colour-correct when editing the photo…):
And here’s the recreated – and coloured – version in EQ8:
The overlapping parallelograms lend themselves to some colour play and transparency, so I settled on a single colour in multiple tints and shades (8, I think).
And, of course, the design can be repeated, rotated and reworked in multiple colours:
You don’t need as many as 8 shades to play with transparency; you can get an interesting effect with just 3:
Or go the other way, and use this design as an excuse for a colour explosion:
I just selected these colours fairly randomly in EQ8, but I’ve decided I really love this palette. That acid yellow!!
This design would probably be easiest to make into a quilt pattern using paper piecing or templates. I created rectangular blocks in EQ8 (for ease of repetition), but they ended up splitting some of the bigger triangles lengthways, which I’d probably want to avoid in an actual quilt (not least because it would create points where 6 pieces of fabric meet).
I saw a bank advertisement that featured arrows (inspiration is everywhere!), which prompted me to play in Electric Quilt 8. Of course, I usually start with a regular design of repeating units…
…before allowing myself to relax the rules and play around with the layout.
I decided to modify these arrows slightly by changing the ends of the arms (do those bits have a name?) from blunt to angled. This also has the effect of creating sharper squares out of the negative space between the arrows – suddenly those 9 squares in the middle jump out more clearly. Can you see them?
I’m not sure which design I prefer. Each one has its advantages!
There are a few different ways you could translate this design into an actual quilt pattern. Each block could comprise 4 half-arrows that meet in the middle. Or a block could contain just one double-ended arrow, positioned diagonally across; setting the blocks on point and separating them with thin sashing would create the same end result.
Either way, I’d be tempted to use paper piecing to create these thin lines, but that’s only because I don’t trust my sewing skills to get them as sharp and consistent as I’d like them.