If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen an extra sketch that I shared during the week. It used some of the same blocks from Sunday sketch #204, but arranged in a more symmetrical design. There are so many possible block designs and arrangements along this theme… I could post them for weeks (but I won’t 🙂 ).
I did want to share one or two more though. I decided to limit myself to only the horizontal- and vertical-striped blocks. I love how the lines from one block can extend into the next one (or not).
This is just an 8 x 8 grid using 3 different block designs.
I also like the idea of grouping each block type so that they form distinct areas within the design.
That one’s the same grid size, with an extra block design thrown in.
I like how these designs balance order with a bit of disorder. That last design is probably the closest to one of the original inspirations for this series of designs: a wooden window decoration I spotted while walking along the street in Tokyo last year (hint for walking in Tokyo: always look up!).
As these blocks are all made from strips, squares and rectangles, they could be made using normal piecing. I’d maybe consider foundation paper piecing though, just to get the precision needed for everything to line up nicely.
Back to curves this week. This shape reminds me of pills, but also those tongue depressors (remember those?). It’s got a kinda quirky retro feel that lends itself well to a range of colour palettes.
I started with the gentler palette then tried some bolder colours.
And then tried a bunch of retro colour schemes, too.
This design would scale up or down really easily, either by adding/subtracting blocks or changing their size. It’s all just drunkard’s path units and rectangles (skinny strips and fatter rectangles).
A super-simple retro design this week. Some lazy lines going this way and that. Kinda how my brain feels at the moment.
I actually tried the design going vertically first, before changing it to horizontal. But now I like them both.
They remind me a bit of mathematical functions. (I’m a former scientist.) Or curly brackets in punctuation. (Now I’m an editor!) But also the retro curvy curtains we had in the living room, growing up in suburban Melbourne. (Can you tell I’m a 70s kid?!).
This is all drunkard’s path blocks and a bunch of rectangles. And the drunkard’s paths are 6 of each kind, so would come together very quickly. Chain-piecing marathon, anyone? Well, more like a sprint really!