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Sunday sketch #139

I’ve been playing around with the same shape from Sunday sketch #138 – that origami-like chevron – in a few different designs. I like how it nests together in interesting ways.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #139

I couldn’t figure out how to recreate this design in Electric Quilt 8 (at least, not easily), so you’ll just have to use your imagination with the hand-drawn sketch instead.

Because the chevron units are offset in this design, it might be easier to translate into a quilt pattern using a slightly different construction technique. Instead of quarter-square triangles and flying geese, it would make more sense to build the units using squares and half-square triangles, and arrange them on point. You’d also need some strips and rectangles to fill out each larger block. It’s awkward, but doable.

 

Sunday sketch #138

I’ve been playing with a new shape this week, sketching it over and over again in new orientations. The repetition is meditative!

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #138-1

Like last week’s sketch, I redrew this sketch in Electric Quilt 8, just to play with the colours. For lack of any better ideas, I stuck with two of my favourite colours.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #138-2

This block – does it have a name, that heart-ish, arrow-ish block? – is so versatile, and it would be easy to make. A quarter-square triangle on top of a flying geese unit, or a square and some half-square triangles… there are a few different ways to approach this block, all of them fairly easy.

Next week, I’ll share some related designs using this block.

Sunday sketch #119

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….

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #119

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).