The repeating shape in this week’s sketch reminds me a little of a churn dash block: it’s got a square in the centre, half-squares around the outside, and lots of sharp points poking out in all four directions… but it’s also quite different.
The repetition of the units also creates fantastic secondary shapes inside. So much movement! I wanted to see how else I could use the same block, so I tiled it normally.
Depending on which way the blocks were made, the repetitive unit could be an X or an (angular) O block. Alternating colours help to differentiate the blocks:
But isn’t it interesting how the block design disappears behind those small squares at the junction between 4 blocks? Those secondary shapes really come to the foreground and push the coloured pieces to the background. It looks less like the sides of each block are a really interesting shape, and more like they’re just straight rectangles overlaid with small squares. What started out as an edgy, quirky block in the top design now isn’t so eye-catching!
These blocks could be made easily using rectangles and triangles. Since a lot of the cutting might be on the bias, you could paper-piece for accuracy.
After creating Sunday sketch #77, I used the same block in different orientations to create this week’s design.
I’d love to try making this in two really vivid colours, like hot pink and orange, or red and purple. I think the best method to use would be foundation paper piecing (using very large bits of paper!). I haven’t done much paper piecing, but I’m so tempted to try this one!
I’ve probably got another few weeks’ worth (at least!) of ribbon-like Sunday sketches, but they say that familiarity breeds contempt, so… I’ll change tack and show you some new sketches I did this week.
I wanted to make a very jagged, zig-zag design. After a few attempts at getting my thoughts down on paper, I came up with a block that could be repeated to create a really striking pattern.
Sometimes I’ll scrawl something really quickly on the closest piece of scrap paper before sitting down with my dot pad to sketch it properly. I only realised when I’d finished shading the first design that I hadn’t followed my original hasty scrawl – the 45° lines were all the same, but the other diagonal lines (the ones stretching between the tops and bottoms of adjacent 45° lines) were different. So I sketched it again.
Can you see the subtle difference between the two designs? I’m still not sure which one I prefer.
I think the best way to create a quilt pattern from this sketch would be to use foundation paper piecing. I really like the idea of large blocks though – maybe 24″ or more each – but I’m not sure how I’d go about printing that out (or designing it in the first place!).