This week’s design is block based, but you’d be forgiven for missing that. I’ve coloured the blocks in this 5 x 5 layout fairly randomly, using only three colours.
You can probably tell that the major elements are drunkard’s path blocks, squares and rectangles. I originally started with only two colours, then added the black for some visual interest. Here’s the two-colour version of the first design:
Rotating the blocks creates new variations (on the left), as does rearranging the random colouring (on the right).
The possibilities would be endless!
These designs could be made into quilts using drunkard’s path blocks, rectangles and squares – plus some borders.
Experimenting with a fairly basic block on repeat produced what I’m calling a ‘modern plaid’ this week…
Can you see the individual blocks? This is a 6 x 6 layout, if that helps. Here are the same blocks rotated…
And rotated again and again…
The blocks are coloured using a palette of four colours. This produces lots of variations when the blocks are rotated…parts of adjacent blocks intersect to create new secondary shapes.
I could do the math to tell you how many variations there are, but… let’s just say there are lots.
This week’s designs could be made into quilts using just squares and rectangles. The basic block is a 16-patch made up of four 4-patches. The outer corners are large squares; the inner corners are small squares; and the remaining ‘patches’ are rectangles.
There are so many design variations and colour combinations that you could recreate this design again and again and never make the same quilt twice.
More skinny strips this week, but straight this time.
Believe it or not, this design is made from a single block in a 4×4 layout. And each block is a 4×4 arrangement of squares that are separated by thin sashing. Depending on how the background and sashing are coloured (or not), different parts come to the foreground or move to the background. Here’s the reverse colourway.
I actually started with black sashing and two colours. I worked through the shapes, colouring as I went, making sure that adjacent shapes never had the same colour. In some places I had to move the sashing or change the shapes to get the desired effect. (Oops, I can see one spot where two white shapes are touching sides.)
The black lines are a bit Mondrian-ish, of course, which is why I changed them up a bit.
This design could be made into a quilt using normal piecing of squares, rectangles and thin strips. And the layout possibilities are endless!