I’m pretty sure I once said that the half-square triangle was my favourite quilt shape. But I think I’m changing my mind. I am loving half-rectangle triangles at the moment!
I feel like half-rectangle triangles just have more energy somehow. That sharper angle just gives it a more zig-zaggy zing somehow. OK, that sounds a bit wacky. But hopefully you know what I mean 🙂
The motif in this design – which is a bit like a bolt of electricity crossing the page* – has sooooo much potential. I created a bunch of designs along this theme, but these ones were some of my favourites.
* I say ‘page’, because I started off sketching this on paper, before moving over to EQ8 to speed things along.
Anyway, here are some more designs along the same theme. First up – the zig-zags arranged horizontally, in a limited colour palette.
Or arranged in a cascade. The design on the left follows a regular pattern in only two colours, while the one on the right has a more irregular pattern and an expanded palette of four colours. Funny how just a few small changes can make such a big difference!
Or back to the original, simplest version, with a vertical rather than a horizontal orientation. I probably should’ve put a border around this one to make it clearer against the white background of this webpage, but you get the gist.
These designs can be translated into quilt patterns using HRTs, HRTs and more HRTs! And some rectangles and/or long strips, too.
More secondary shapes, too, with crosses creating crosses.
I really like the way that the diagonal lines carry through from block to block, which I think is easier to see in this pared-back palette (with only 3 colours).
Those lines also present an opportunity for playing with transparency. I had to use a different colour palette to show you what I mean: red paired with white produces pink crosses where the shapes overlap.
Expanding the colour palette pushes those diagonal lines to the background and brings the individual blocks to the fore.
Those corner bits on each block can be coloured differently too, just to mix things up a bit. I’d be tempted to stick with a limited palette, like the one shown below. Or you could expand the palette but make all those corners the same colour. Otherwise, I think it could all get very busy, very fast.
This design would be relatively easy to translate into an actual quilt. It’s mostly standard blocks and shapes, with a few fiddly bits along the way.
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 🙂