Tagged: paper piecing

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!

Sunday sketch #77

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.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #77 (1)

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.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #77 (2)

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!).