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Sunday sketch #222

This week’s Sunday sketch is a bit of a cheat… but since I set the rules, I figure I can break them now and then 🙂

Occasionally I’ll look back over old sketches and see if I can improve them. My designing and sewing skills have developed a fair bit in the past few years, so sometimes I see new ways of doing things. That might be by colouring designs differently, finding a different method of assembly (in my mind), or repurposing a block somehow.

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This design is a reworking of Sunday sketch #41, from way back in April 2017 (!). I recreated the design in Electric Quilt 8 (I did the original with pen and paper), coloured it, and arranged the blocks on point.

(Part of me wants to rework all my sketches in this green!)

I also played around with a different layout.

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I thought I’d come up with an easier way of assembling the blocks too, but then realised that it would still require a Y-seam. Or maybe paper piecing would be the best method (which is what I said in April 2017!).


Sunday sketch #221

When I first set out to design some wedge-based quilts, this week’s Sunday sketch is what I had in my head. Well, almost*. Wedges that tracked up and down, then across and up and down, and so on, and so forth, down the page. Like a continuous line, creating secondary shapes identical to the primary shapes, which themselves tracked up and down, then across and up and down… you see where I’m going with this.

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This design retains the wedge outline from the previous few Sunday sketches. And the wedge shape itself is about the same (maybe slightly shorter and fatter).

* To be honest, this is not quite what I had envisaged, but it took me so long to try and get what was in my brain onto the screen, and it became so frustrating, that I eventually moved on to other designs, and then lost interest in the original. Such is life!

Anyway, like the other wedge-y Sunday sketches, changing the colours of this design gives a slightly different feel. Like changing those borders from black to white….

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The white wedges become fatter, and the pink and red ones stay skinny.

Or we can flip the outline to red, and change the outer wedges to red too. I like showing the outlines on their own sometimes.

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I also like this design rotated 90 degrees. When it’s upright, all I can see is the letter ‘H’! In a horizontal orientation, it’s easier to just see the wedges as shapes, undulating across the page.

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I’m a big fan of this kind of nested design, where the primary shape produces identical secondary shapes. It’s very Escher-esque. If you look at my Instagram, you’ll see a few more along this theme.

Making this design into an actual quilt would be a bit tricky, I think. The design is block-based (you can easily see the repetition), but it’d take templates and paper-piecing for accuracy.


Sunday sketch #204

I continued on last week’s theme of blocks made up of thin lines. I stuck with the curvy block and added a few more, then jumbled them up. I wanted to design the blocks so that there’d be instances of (some of) the lines continuing from one block to the next. And I separated the blocks using sashing of the same thickness.

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I played around with colours for ages, but didn’t find anything that I liked as much as the black and white.

The whole design feels quite whimsical to me, hence the candy colours, I think.

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Or each block could be coloured differently. This gives the whole design quite a different feel (maybe also because my choice of colour palette’s not so hot).

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Or monochrome. I picked a vibrant yellow, and then reversed it, but of course this would work for any combination of two colours.

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This design reminds me a bit of breeze blocks, those concrete blocks that let air through. (Speaking of which, check out how quilter Ben Millett created 4″ breeze-block-like units earlier this year, here and here. I’m hoping he makes them into a quilt!)

My design could be made into a quilt pattern – with blocks in whatever arrangement you wanted – using a combination of normal piecing (for straight bits) and paper piecing (for curves) for accuracy. Lots of variation and versatility!