Back to basics this week, with a very minimalist hand-drawn sketch.
I was caught out without my Rhodia dot pad, so just used a gridded Moleskine notebook that I always keep in my bag. The corners are a bit dog-eared, but it does the trick!
Sometimes I’ll redraw sketches in EQ8 so that I can play around with colour a bit. Having said that, I still struggle to find colour palettes that look good, so I tend to stick with the same colours/shades for awhile… this is clearly my ‘teal period’:
I originally wanted to keep the centre squares the same colour, to make it more obvious that they’re immovable regardless of where the ‘bars’ are coming from. But in the end, I liked a mix of shades and tints more.
It’s funny, but sometimes colouring a design will help me to see areas of imbalance or asymmetry (which I tend to avoid). In this design, I can see that I’d probably rotate the bottom-right square 180 degrees – both to avoid two adjacent squares having the bar jutting out from the top left, and to add a square with the bar coming from the bottom right, because there aren’t many of those in the vicinity. Then again, that would mean that 3 of the 4 corner pieces have the bar coming from the same direction… which might also bug me. Designs like this one can take me a long time to finalise 🙂
This design would be super-easy to make into a quilt… it’s all rectangles, squares and half-square triangles.
I realised afterwards that my design is somewhat similar to the ‘Corner Lot‘ quilt pattern by Craftsy.* I don’t know who the designer is (Craftsy doesn’t say), but I L♥O♥V♥E their colour palette!
* Not an affiliate link, because I don’t do those.
I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to quilts with stars. Simple or complicated, solid or scrappy… there are so many ways to make stars (and to make them look good!).
This week’s Sunday sketch is yet another iteration of the past few weeks’ designs, with yet more tweaks. In this case, the link between the previous designs is starting to get a little tenuous… I retained one of the original blocks, but changed the other one to a star. Because who doesn’t love a good star?!
I also went back to the colours of #133: teals (or are they sea blues?) and that warm yellow. With a bit of transparency thrown in for good measure.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using flying geese, rectangles, squares, triangle in a square blocks, and a modified kite block. The star blocks could probably be paper-pieced although I haven’t actually thought how, exactly. They are like slightly wonky sawtooth stars, so maybe that would be a way to approach them.
I was watching a TV show the other day, and the characters were sitting in a cafe that had some interesting decor in the background. A quick screenshot and some rough sketches on paper led to a bit of experimentation in Electric Quilt 8 – and this week’s design.
This design is based on only two blocks: one made using strips (rectangles) and squares, and the other using half-square triangles or flying geese units. They’re set on point; if you tilt your head sideways a bit, you might be able to see how they come together.
I created multiple variations of this design by making minor changes to both blocks. I’ll be posting them over the next few weeks, so see if you can spot how I moved from one design to the next!