A forest of half-rectangle triangles this week.
In designs with repeated blocks or shapes, I often like to colour at least one element consistently across all blocks. It helps to reduce busy-ness in the design and gives the eye somewhere to rest. That explains the dark blue corners of the large HRTs in the design above.
Below, I’ve just gone with the same colour in each HRT. Because of the simplicity of the shapes and the limited palette, this version’s not too overwhelming (for me, at least!).
Different layouts can take advantage of the angle of the 2:1 HRT (which is twice as high as it is wide).
And, of course, there’s always the reverse colourway.
This week’s designs all use half-rectangle triangles (HRTs) and rectangles. Each large HRT is made up of three smaller HRTs (two with the main colour and background colour, and one with the main colour and corner colour). If I were making this, I’d probably change the colour palette and placement to give me an even number of large HRTs of each colour… then I could use the two-at-a-time method for the most efficient / least wasteful HRT construction.
It’s probably pretty obvious that this week’s Sunday sketch is a direct evolution of last week’s. I didn’t even bother changing the colour palette!
I made one minor tweak to last week’s block design, then played around with colour placement. Although this first version is somewhat different from my usual designs, I really like the movement and sorta oddness of it. It’s like a spacey kind of treble clef mixed with a fleuron in a lava lamp.
If I colour the blocks differently, you can see the connection to last week’s design more easily. I’ve just replaced the half-square triangles from last week with larger curves. The columns of half-circles are still there.
This version makes me think of phases of the moon, or of light and shadow changing the appearance of the same object throughout the day.
The previous version uses different colouring for each row in the design; the next version uses the same colouring across the whole design (much like last week’s sketch).
Changing the colouring again – using just two colours per block – removes the horizontal and vertical lines from the design and emphasises those curves instead. Ocean waves?
This week’s designs could be made into quilts using just quarter- and half-circles (or drunkard’s path units) and rectangles.
The fact that I can’t decide which version I prefer means I’ll probably never make this one, even though I love it to bits. Such is life!
This is one of my favourite Sunday sketches in a long time. It combines two of my favourite things: a simple yet effective design, and an understated palette that I’ve used before. It feels a little retro, a little modern. I love it.
Colouring the blocks slightly differently introduces horizontal lines and makes it clearer where blocks begin and end.
And then rotating the blocks introduces new shapes and movement.
That last one’s maybe a bit too trippy, but I love the first two designs! Although I can’t decide which I prefer… I like the simplicity of the first one, until I see the second one and realise I like the added horizontal lines… but maybe less is more?! Arrghh. (This indecision is probably the main reason I don’t make more quilts!)
These designs could be made into quilts using quarter- or half-circles (or drunkard’s path units), half-square triangles and rectangles. I love the limited palette of just three colours, but perhaps the design is simple enough that it could work with a broader palette?