This week’s design isn’t overly original, but I enjoyed playing with this concept and felt like sharing it.
I’ve played with these split quarter-square triangles and split quarter-rectangle triangles before – see Sunday sketches #166 and #188, for example (two of my favourite sketches!). I really love these shapes and how they create movement in a design.
I also love how your eye is drawn to different sets of lines, depending on colour palette and placement. In the top design, I look at those diagonal lines first, but in the bottom one, my eye’s drawn to the vertical lines instead.
Split quarter-square triangles are easy to make – just cross a half-square triangle with a solid square. Ditto for the split quarter-rectangle triangles, although I must admit I’ve never actually made one. I’d probably paper-piece them instead, just to be more precise (and save all the fabric wastage I often seem to get when I make HRTs two at a time).
A bit of a palate cleanser this week.
I find designs like this one – and this colour palette – very calming.
But I think I shy away from creating minimalist designs because I know that in the real world, they’d need to be quilted eventually… and neither my quilting skills nor my budget to pay a longarmer are good enough right now. So this is definitely an example of how my own sewing skills dictate my designs to some extent (just like how it took me a long time to design anything with curves).
The vast majority of my designs are things that I know I could make myself (if I had the time, could be bothered, etc.). I need to try harder to design things that are beyond my sewing abilities – I need some stretch goals!
Anyway, back to this design. The secondary shapes and lines that emerge – like the hint of two vertical lines created by all those meeting points between quarter-rectangle triangles, as well as those broad diagonal lines slashing back and forth – make me happy.
These designs are just quarter-rectangle triangle blocks interspersed with rectangles and then pieced with large borders. It would be relatively easy to make this design pretty much any size you wanted. The hard part would be settling on just two fabrics to work with 🙂
I mentioned awhile ago that I often set myself ‘rules’ when sketching. You might think that rules would curtail creativity, but I find that they enhance it. Instead of looking at a blank page (or screen), with no idea of how or where to start, I can go where the rules take me. By limiting my options, they actually help me to come up with more ideas.
This week’s rule is a simple one: the four triangles in a quarter-rectangle triangle (QRT) block can each extend into an adjacent quarter of the rectangle, becoming a half-rectangle triangle (HRT). They can only ever extend into the same quarter, and the four colours need to create four different HRTs. OK, that’s more than one rule, but they’re kinda all related.
So the orange QRT (which starts at the bottom of the rectangle) becomes an HRT with its back to the right-hand side of the block. Similarly, the grey QRT (which starts at the top of the rectangle) becomes an HRT with its back to the left-hand side of the block. The pink and blue QRTs, which start at the left and right of the rectangle, respectively, end up as HRTs that are right-side up or upside down, respectively. Each HRT overlaps two others, which leaves a lot of room for playing with colour.
Speaking of which, I’m trying to explore new colour palettes, and I’m almost onto a new one here… but not really. I’m still stuck on pink and orange… but at least I’ve added dark blue and grey! I think it’ll be awhile before I get tired of these colours.
I tried a few other combinations of four colours…
(I really like that bottom-left one!)
And even a few with different shades of the same colour…
Which I think work fairly well. But yeah… send new palettes my way! 🙂
This design also lends itself to playing with transparency, which would let you introduce another 4 colours (the colours at the midway points between the original 4 colours you choose). I’m not sure if this would make the design too busy though – I’ll have to try it and see!