Another nine-patch with a twist this week. Well, two twists. One of the nine-patches has half-square triangle corners (like Sunday sketch #88), while the other one isn’t really a traditional nine-patch. I mean, it has nine patches, but… four of them are made from quarter-square triangles.
Alternating the two blocks creates squares that seem to float above the design, and diagonal strips that join the stars. Lots of unintentional movement!
Creating this design was a natural progression from the nine-patches I’ve been playing around with for the past few weeks, but the elements are so traditional, so well used, that I find it hard to believe someone hasn’t put these two blocks together before now. I checked my Pinterest boards and couldn’t find anything… but if you know of something similar out there, please let me know and I’ll update the blog accordingly.
Back to basics this week, with a very simple nine-patch on repeat.
Playing with the squares in the nine-patch creates some interesting shapes. I’ve used half-square triangles to get that overlaid grid effect, but you could even use quarter-square triangles in the centre, and half-square triangles for the other squares, so create a tighter grid pattern overall.
I’m really stuck on triangles at the moment. When sketching for this week’s post, triangles soon morphed into diagonal lines…which created stripes… which presented the opportunity to mix direction and shading to produce some interesting movement.
There’s some real potential for striking colour play here too, but of course it’ll take me a while to explore that 🙂
This sketch is a little like Sunday sketch #34, which I designed using Excel. They both feature diagonal, crossed stripes, but #34 had blunt ends whereas these are angled. I’ve also mixed these blocks up rather than arranging them in a sawtooth star configuration.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using half-square and quarter-square triangles, but I’ll probably use a foundation paper-piecing template instead. I’m not convinced that I’d achieve the required precision using normal piecing. I’ve also struggled to sew strips perfectly straight with regular piecing; I always seem to end up with a slight curve.