Last weekend, I went on a quilt retreat with a bunch of sewing friends – basically just a long weekend away, in a lovely location, doing more sewing that I’ve managed in ages. I got loads done, including sewing curves for the first time (yay!). They were much easier than I’d expected – so much so that I cut and sewed an entire quilt top in around 2 days (the first top I’ve finished in quite a while!).
Anyway, that’s all just to explain why I’ve been playing with curves more in EQ8 this week. Now that I know I can tackle them in real life, I’m more inclined to use them in my designs. Here’s one of a series that I’ll share in the coming weeks….
I started playing with curves, and then the curves just cried out for arrow heads and long tails, which I knew would work well in groups of 4, like a pinwheel. Then I nested the pinwheels so that the arrow heads were facing one another. I love the movement in this design, not to mention the colours! It uses 3 different blocks, with squares, rectangles, flying geese (or half-square triangles, or even quarter-square triangles) and curves (drunkard’s path).
Last week I mentioned that I’d created a few variations on the same design. Here’s one of them:
Actually, this design came first; I decided to remove those dark triangles, which is how I created Sunday sketch #98. The original shape was that ‘A’ frame – turn your head sideways and you’ll see it. Each column is just that shape repeated, facing left or right. Put them together, and you get those interesting secondary shapes that almost obscure the primary shape.
Turn the whole design 90 degrees, and it looks different again:
Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like the vertical zig-zags become much more prominent, and the movement in the whole designs changes a little bit. What do you think?
I’ve been purposefully avoiding EQ8 lately, to force myself to get back into hand-drawn sketching. Sketching with a pad and pen is probably a bit slower than working on the computer, but I feel like the resulting designs are a higher quality. It’s easy to churn out lots of designs in EQ8, but they’re not all worth sharing 🙂
This week’s design is just a single shape, repeated (along with its mirror image) in columns.
This could easily be made using half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles.
I played around with this design some more (which I find so much easier to do when hand-sketching than computer-sketching), and created a few more versions that I really like. Keep an eye out next week for one or two more iterations.