Here’s another quarter-square triangle design, following on from Sunday sketches #187 and #188. This one’s coloured slightly differently, which essentially changes most of the QSTs to HSTs (half-square triangles).
And the obligatory reverse colourway…
I really like that centre star – the one created by the middle 9 squares. Look out for that motif in another design in the future!
In the meantime, here’s another idea for colouring this design: starting off dark at the outside, and moving into a glowing centre.
That’s just a gradation of greys – a ‘greydation’ haha – but I think it would work just as well in a rainbow colourway. Bright yellow or white in the middle would look great!
This quilt design could be translated into a pattern using mostly HSTs and some QSTs. A simple yet sophisticated design.
As promised, more quarter-square triangles this week.
This is obviously a really simple design that keeps half of the quarter-square triangle unit as a solid colour, using three colours per unit instead of four (with one of the colours being white in this version). Then the units are grouped into 3×3 blocks. This combination of colouring and arrangement limits the busy-ness of the QSTs and helps to maintain some continuity between the units and blocks.
The design also works in a more limited palette.
This design could be made into an actual quilt using only quarter-square triangles.
When you make QSTs, you make two at a time, and those two are mirror images of one another. If you’re only using two colours, you’d hardly notice, because you simply rotate them and they look the same. But if you’re using more than two colours, it can be a pain if you have a design in which all QSTs need to look the same (because half of them will look like mirror images). In the top design, I’ve accounted for that by using both groups of blocks. For each QST colour combination, there are two blocks; both have the big white triangle at the bottom, but the two colours on top switch sides. I didn’t do that in the bottom design – I just coloured that one quickly, without much thought – but it could be rearranged slightly to make sure that there’s less wastage. Then again, you could always set aside unused blocks and make them into another quilt!
I went to a concert recently and started daydreaming about quarter-square triangles as I listened to the music (as you do). As soon as I got home, I started playing with EQ8. I didn’t end up with the original design that I’d imagined, but I managed to create many more. Here’s the first series.
I almost always start with a two-colour quilt, try the reverse colorway, and then can’t decide which one I prefer.
The four quadrants of this design lend themselves to four colours too. And with such a happy design (well, it feels happy to me!), it’s hard to avoid my usual colour scheme of yellow, orange, red and pink.
The design also looks super-cute in a radiating rainbow-ish colour scheme.
I also tried the mixed-up version, which highlights the structure of the QST blocks. It’s a bit busier/messier than the previous designs, but I don’t mind it. I think it would look nice in a really gentle palette.
And finally, another way of colouring the blocks using only three colours instead of four (or two). You can vary the movement around the quilt design by changing which side of the QST is a large solid triangle (pink) and which is a pair of smaller triangles (blue and white).
These designs could all be made into quilts using quarter-square triangles and a few squares. If for some reason you don’t like QSTs, you could use half-square triangles and squares on point, with triangles to fill in the gaps at the edges.
This sketching session produced loads more designs along similar themes, so look out for more QSTs in the coming weeks!