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Sunday sketch #108

I try to find inspiration everywhere. When I see an interesting shape or feature, I’ll take a photo of it on my phone or sketch it in my dot pad. I’ve also got a whole Pinterest board of quilty inspiration, along with a folder of screenshots on my laptop.

Recently when reading a New York Times Style Magazine article on couture week in Paris (why not!), I spotted a beautiful design in a short veil in Christian Dior’s autumn 2018 haute couture collection:

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Such a simple idea, yet so stunning. I started playing around with it in Electric Quilt 8. I didn’t recreate it exactly, but used the idea as the basis of a cross-based, criss-crossed design. Here’s what I came up with:

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #108-1

In the original, the diamond shapes have a cross at every corner, whereas mine have only 2. It took me awhile to tweak the block design, but I wanted to make sure that the diagonals lined up properly, creating straight lines from one block to the next.

The design works in the reverse colourway too (and at a slightly smaller scale):

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #108-2

Isn’t it lovely?

These blocks could be made using a variety of squares, rectangles and triangles. Paper piecing might help to get the diagonal strips just right.

Sunday sketch #101

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.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #101-1

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.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #101-2

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:

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #101-3

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.

Sunday sketch #78

After creating Sunday sketch #77, I used the same block in different orientations to create this week’s design.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #78

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!