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.
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:
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!
Back when I was playing with parallelograms, I tried expanding on the design by making wedges.
I don’t think I’m done exploring this idea; it’s not quite there yet. (This sketch just reminds me of that 1990s self-help book, Who Moved My Cheese?)
In this party season, a little storm of confetti (or maybe snow, for those in the northern hemisphere)…
Each parallelogram is in a 3 x 2 unit, which is offset from the next unit by a 2 x 1 rectangle. The parallelograms could be constructed by flanking a 3 x 2 rectangle with two 3 x 1 triangles (paper-piecing for accuracy, perhaps). Or, pair two 3:1 half-rectangle triangles back to back, which introduces new colour/fabric possibilities to the design:
The good news is, Bloc Loc makes a 3:1 half-rectangle triangle ruler – in two sizes!
(Not an affiliate link… I just love the precision that Bloc Locs enable!)