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Sunday sketch #200

Ta da! I always wondered what big post I’d plan for #200, but now that it’s here, I just want to get on with another sketch*. Shall we?

I mentioned last week that I’d created a bunch of designs from a single block – the double-triangle parallelogram-in-a-rectangle block (for lack of a better name). Well, here’s another one.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #200

This time, the blocks are arranged horizontally instead of vertically, and they use 4 colours instead of just 3. The top left of each block is always dark blue, and the bottom right is always grey; the middles change between yellow and white depending on location – creating diagonal strips of all-white or all-yellow triangles.

And playing around with colour placement can produce a very different design, with fatter diagonal stripes that emerge as secondary shapes:

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #200-2

Like last week, these designs would be easiest to make into quilts using paper piecing.

* Seriously though, thanks for following along with me as I share my design ideas. It’s a huge source of creativity, fun and inspiration for me, and I’m chuffed that others enjoy it too. Here’s to the next 200!

Sunday sketch #199

So while playing around with the double-HRT block from Sunday sketch #198, I noticed a shape that I quite liked: two triangles back to back, creating a parallelogram. I wanted to set that in a larger rectangle and extend the line between the triangles to the corners of the block. It didn’t take long to use paper and EQ8 to create what I had in mind.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #199

I originally designed the block in a landscape orientation, then decided I liked how this looked vertical – almost architectural. Like windows on a skyscraper, with the sun angled down, creating shadows.

The secondary lines that arise from this layout present loads of opportunities for colour play. I created a bunch of related designs in EQ8 just by rotating the blocks and colouring them slightly differently. Watch out for a few more in the coming weeks.

To make this design into a quilt pattern, it would probably be best to use paper piecing to ensure that you got the angles right. I’m going to add this one to the (long) list of designs I’d really like to try making one of these days.

Sunday sketch #186

I love designing block-based quilts, and I love it even more if I can design a block with borders that aren’t visible. In other words, you can’t easily tell where one block ends and the next one begins. That sort of ‘borderlessness’ usually requires colour / fabric to provide a bridge between blocks. I was happy with how Northern Lights (which I renamed ‘Cloudburst’ for QuiltCon submission) achieved that, but I’m still try to recreate the effect.

This week’s two-colour design uses a single block repeated 16 times. They’re all coloured in exactly the same way, but every second one faces the opposite direction (i.e. rotated 180 degrees from the ones next to it).

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #186-1

The design ends up looking a bit like a DNA helix on an angle, with the positive and negative spaces taking on a similar form.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #186-2

Using different colours for the blocks helps to show the borders between them.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #186-3

Like Northern Lights / Cloudburst, this design would probably be easiest to make into a quilt using paper piecing to get the accuracy needed.