This week’s design feels like a palate cleanser. Like a lemon sorbet between courses. A relatively simple block-based design with a gentle pastel palette!
I actually started with a much simpler design, but decided that it felt a bit too empty. Maybe because of the pastel palette rather than the overall layout?
I like the reverse colourway better. I’ve added sashing to separate the blocks (they look too crowded otherwise). Here there are in just one colour per block, with the dark blue (actually more like purple!) corner pieces helping to tie the blocks together.
That darker colour can be used on other pieces within the block, too.
And here’s an alternating arrangement, which I like too!
And, finally, a super-light palette with only the pastels. Removing that darker colour gives a whole new look to this design.
This is one of those designs where I didn’t put much thought into how it could actually be made into a quilt. I’d probably construct the blocks on point. (And, if you tilt your head 45 degrees, you can get an idea of what a on-point layout might look.) I think the blocks could be made from squares, rectangles, and some half-square triangles.
Often when I create a bunch of quilt designs from one block design, I’ll share them all in a single post. But I split up the latest batch into last week’s Sunday sketch and this week’s. The arrangement is kinda different, and I played with two different colour schemes, so… it felt worthy of a new post.
So, picking up from last week – here’s the same block in a vertical orientation, but with a more limited colour palette. Black and white shapes instead of colour, and a coloured background instead of white. I’ve still used the same arrangement where the stripes are a different colour than the background rectangle in each block. But by alternating the colours and rotating the blocks, the borders between the blocks are less obvious.
This one’s much the same, with the columns shifted one over so that the very left-hand and right-hand edges of the block arrangement are fully straight instead of stepping in and out. I think I prefer the one above.
These blocks have lots of possible arrangements, which can be expanded by adding sashing (similar to last week). Here’s the same design with and without sashing.
The addition (and then subtraction) of sashing really changes the feeling of movement within the design.
So, like last week’s design, this one’s all rectangles (some long and skinny, some larger). There are a lot of repeated elements, which means lots of chain-piecing possibilities! I think you could sew lots of long strips together and then subcut them into the pieces needed for each block. There’s also be places where you’d need to match points fairly carefully (not everyone’s cup of tea).
It was driving me nuts trying to think of what this design reminded me of, and I finally realised: Monopoly cards. Remember them? With the coloured bar across the top and the property name? I haven’t seen one in years (decades?!), but the memory of them was obviously lodged way back in my brain.
Anyway, I’m not sure what prompted this design… just another simple one that suddenly seemed like a good idea to try in EQ8, and ended up looking good enough to post.
I love all these happy colours together. It’s my usual ‘random’ layout, which is actually semi-planned and somewhat rule-based: I try to make sure that the same colour doesn’t appear twice in the same column or row. Although it’s more a guide than a rule… I can see a few places here where I broke it!
I started this design originally with black borders, which I also like. But I think I like the coloured background better… it feels a bit more fun. The black-bordered version is definitely more Monopoly-like though!
This design could be made into a quilt using large rectangles of colour and white, along with some sashing strips in a background colour. Easy peasy.