This is my last Sunday sketch for 2020… and the fact that I opted for muted colours is maybe a reflection of the type of year it’s been…!
I started by sketching some overlapping stripes, then moved from my dot pad to EQ8 to take it further. Whenever you get overlapping shapes, there’s an opportunity to introduce transparency by playing with colour. But sometimes I think I take it too far… it can get a bit overworked and come off as forced. So I’m constantly trying to balance design aesthetics with the ‘too far’ factor. Not sure which side of that fence I landed on today, but I wasn’t in the mood to explore further, so here we are.
I did try some different colours, some of which are in my usual palette. Here, I opted to avoid the transparency effect by using black to mark the overlap between the red and khaki rectangles.
And here’s the black doing the same job for a red and pink version.
Translating these designs into a quilt pattern would be easy-peasy… it’s all just stripes (long rectangles). The hardest part would be making sure all the edges lined up properly. I’d probably tackle that by piecing the design in 5 columns, then adding the large border pieces.
Update (30 December 2020): A friend pointed out that this design is similar to the Fruity Stripe fabrics from Melody Miller’s Clementine range for Ruby Star Society (manufactured by Moda Fabrics). There are definite similarities! The fabric’s stripes are angled, whereas mine are arranged horizontally. And both the width and the length of the overlap varies in the fabric, whereas they are consistent in my design. But both designs use the overlap as an opportunity to play with transparency. Not surprisingly, Melody’s colour choices are infinitely better than mine 🙂
Hearts! You know that emoji with the heart and a little drop under it? I always thought that was a bleeding heart, but apparently it’s a ‘heart exclamation’. I’m not sure when you’d ever use it… when you really love something?? Who knows. Anyway, that emoji inspired this design…!
This one has upright hearts, no matter which cardinal direction the quilt is facing.
It works in just two colours (plus white), too.
I also made a more light-hearted version (haha see what I did there??) by reversing the colourway and using a darker background.
You can also alternate the block layout to a 3-2-3-etc layout rather than a 2-3-2-etc layout. The helps to fill out the corners of the design a little more, so there’s less negative space around the outside of the design.
I prefer the version(s) with more white space, but it’s good to have options! 🙂
And it scales up well too…
These designs could be made into actual quilts using mostly squares and rectangles, with just a few triangles needed for the outside corners. The central part of the block is essentially the ‘deck of cards’ quilt block, with a few added bits around the outside. Super-easy! So much so that I made the smaller version of the quilt top in about a day and a half while on a quilty retreat recently. And that’s counting the time it took to fix silly mistakes that I made by forging ahead without thinking first! So definitely one that could be made in a weekend.
You might be able to see the similarities between this week’s Sunday sketch and last week’s. Instead of a central diamond (or square on point) for the pill shape, I’ve just used a circle. Depending on how you look at it (or what colours you use), the circle can look like the shape created by two overlapping pill shapes.
Here I’ve just picked five colours and applied them in a regular pattern.
Paring back the design a little focuses only on those long pill shapes.
In the next two versions, I’ve used the same colour consistently for the shapes running horizontally (pink or yellow) or diagonally (green or pale pink). The centre spots are all the same colour.
But I could also go in the opposite direction and use a random mix of colours and positions. This one’s my favourite!
Of course, the design can also be rotated by 90 degrees so that the shapes run horizontally. Here I’ve limited the centre circles to just two colours, and run them vertically.
Or you could flip the design back so that the shapes are vertical again, but with the colours running diagonal. Don’t these look like lipsticks all lined up? OK, maybe not the yellow ones… 😉
These designs could all be made with drunkard’s path or semi-circle blocks, plus some rectangles and sashing. There’s lots of repetition in these designs, which lends itself well to chain-piecing!