I mentioned in last week’s blog post that I had more designs related to Sunday sketch #183 that I’d share in the coming weeks. Rather than stretch them out, I’m including them all in today’s Sunday sketch. Why not?!
These designs all play on the same theme of connected circles. I’ve coloured these ones slightly differently; rather than emphasising the swooshy curved shapes between the circles (like I did in last week’s design), I’ve highlighted the rectangular bit and used another colour for two quarters of each circle.
In the first design, the shapes extend from left to right. I like the sort of checkerboard effect that emerges as a result.
Of course, since I can never decide on a colour palette, I also made a version in which the colours are reversed…
I really liked the cascade effect in last week’s design. Each row of connected shapes had an upward trajectory from left to right, so I tried a downward trend for this design. It means that most of the circles on the left are part of a row of 5 connected circles (and 4 rectangles). However, the second-last row has 4 circles (and 3 rectangles), and the last row has only 2 circles (1 rectangle) – and vice versa at the top of the design.
You might be able to see what I mean a bit more clearly if I use a different colour scheme. See how each colour defines a row of connected shapes?
Keeping each line with the same number of circles and rectangles leads to a nice overall shape for the design.
How about alternating the overall shape while retaining the same downward trajectory for the rows? To do this, I needed to add a few rows again: first a row of 3 circles, then 2, then 1 on its own. I like those lone circles floating at the top and bottom! I also like how the rows step downward while the overall shape leans upward. Little features like that make me happy 🙂
Of course, other overall shapes are possible too. Quilty peeps love a hexie!
Like last week’s Sunday sketch, these designs could all be translated into a quilt pattern fairly easily. They’re all rectangles, squares and drunkard’s path blocks, with a bit of sashing and a lot of background fabric thrown in. If you used only 3 fabrics, there’d be a lot of identical blocks, which means a lot of chain piecing and a pretty quick quilt top!
It’s the last Sunday sketch of 2019! Thank you for following along with me each week as I scratch my creative itch. I love being able to share my design process with you.
I got stuck on a circle theme recently, and here’s one of the outcomes…
(I’m trying to ignore the fact that the circles and colour palette remind me of the Pokemon Go logo haha!)
This design would be easy to make into a quilt: it’s all drunkard’s path blocks and rectangles. And lots of background fabric! I don’t know if I’d bother with a different coloured binding, as shown here – running the background colour right to the edge would look good too (either as a standard strip binding or a faced binding).
I got lost down a very long rabbit hole of related designs, before and after making this one, so you might see more along this theme in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Happy New Year and best wishes for a fantastic 2020!
I’m excited to show you my latest quilt pattern, Among the Stars, which is out now in Love Patchwork & Quilting!
This is a simple and fun pattern featuring rows of rockets pointing up and down. As usual, the staff at Love Patchwork & Quilting have styled the quilt really beautifully (don’t you love the cute little rocket on the desk??).
I only posted the Sunday sketch (#182) for Among the Stars earlier this week, although I created the design (which I imaginatively called ‘Rockets’) earlier this year.
As you can see, I started out with a brighter colour palette and a white background. But I soon realised that it would make more sense to use a blue or dark background for rockets. Not to mention that white backgrounds bring their own set of challenges!
So I revised the EQ8 design with different fabrics, and voila!
In the end, I settled on a mix of fabrics from Ruby Star Society: the Speckled and Pop collections from Rashida Coleman Hale, the Spark collection from Melody Miller, and the Alma range from Alexia Abegg. I love how fabrics from the different collections work so well together!
I also loved how closely the fabrics matched their digital swatches – I was a bit worried that they wouldn’t work so well together in real life, but of course they did. And the colours are so vibrant! Ruby Star Society fabrics are a perfect quilting weight and feel really lovely; it was my first time sewing with them, but it won’t be the last.
Issue 82 of Love Patchwork & Quilting is on sale from Tuesday 24 December. You can find the magazine in newsagents and online.
If you make Among the Stars, I would love to see it. Tag me on Instagram (@geometriquilt) or send me an email!