This week’s design started on my sketchpad. I often doodle half-square triangles or parallelograms, and I began with a shape I’ve used before – overlapping parallelograms that create little cat ears poking out the top (I used something similar in Sunday sketches #114 and #160). I’d never really done much with just that shape though, so I decided to keep working on it. I knew if I wanted to play with colour or transparency, I’d have to recreate the shape in EQ8. So I did.
This design actually started out a little differently… I began with a looser arrangement. The same elements were all there, but the blocks were wider and longer, leaving more negative space.
As always, I’m never completely sure which version I like best. I think in this case, the tighter version with less negative space wins out. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it brings those white squares (on point) a bit closer together and makes them more obvious, which adds another interesting element to the design.
Each design could be translated into a quilt pattern using squares, rectangles, half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles.
I haven’t had much time to sketch lately, so I’ve been looking back at older designs that I never posted. Maybe I had other sketches that I liked more at the time, or I moved off in different directions and some designs didn’t seem so relevant anymore. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like them, and didn’t plan to share them one day!
This one would be really easy to make into a quilt: it’s all just squares and rectangles. The blocks could be pieced using a courthouse-steps approach, with the dark square corners pieced into a longer strip beforehand. An easy block-based quilt with a bit of sashing.
A quick and simple curvy design.
You could colour this in different ways to make it look quite different. The blues make it feel quite water-y to me, a bit oceanic.
This would be easy to make into an actual quilt: it’s just drunkard’s path blocks and rectangles. Grouped into threes to make a block, then repeated in a 4 x 4 layout.