Can you believe it?! I’ve managed to post a new Sunday sketch every week for 150 weeks in a row! I should’ve probably organised something special for this week, but I’m just posting my latest sketch.
This design repeats the same shape – made mostly by half-square triangles – four times in a single block, then repeats the block in a 4×4 formation.
I love that happy colour palette!
Adding a twisted square in the centre of the block helps to create new shapes – four little hearts, pointing in four different directions – and provides new options for colouring. This version of the design kinda reminded me of petals around the centre of a flower, so I coloured it in my go-to palette of white and warm yellow.
And, of course, now I can’t decide which one I like more.
This pattern could be made using half-square triangles and rectangles. In the second version, the centre might need to be paper-pieced for precision. In both cases, you’d need to sew a partial seam (just one) to piece the four shapes around the central square.
I bought a double drunkard’s template from Jenny Haynes (Papper, Sax, Sten) awhile back, and I really loved using it to create ‘Blue Wave‘. I keep thinking that I need to design more quilts with that curved motif. And of course, I’m always trying to find new ways to use half-square triangles.
I designed a 2 x 2 block in EQ8: two curves diagonally across from each other, and the other two squares comprising a rectangle and two half-square triangles. There are a million ways you can arrange and colour these blocks, but I settled on a 4 x 4 layout in which the blocks are rotated and feature only 3 colours.
But I also like the look of fewer blocks, all facing the same way.
I’m tempted to tweak this design slightly to remove the bottom-right corner (in hot pink), so that a quilt made from this design would have two square corners and two rounded corners. That’s not something I’ve seen very often (or at all?), but I think it would look pretty cool.
These designs could be made using Jenny Haynes’ double drunkard’s templates (or your own version), rectangles and half-square triangles.
Back to basics this week, with a very minimalist hand-drawn sketch.
I was caught out without my Rhodia dot pad, so just used a gridded Moleskine notebook that I always keep in my bag. The corners are a bit dog-eared, but it does the trick!
Sometimes I’ll redraw sketches in EQ8 so that I can play around with colour a bit. Having said that, I still struggle to find colour palettes that look good, so I tend to stick with the same colours/shades for awhile… this is clearly my ‘teal period’:
I originally wanted to keep the centre squares the same colour, to make it more obvious that they’re immovable regardless of where the ‘bars’ are coming from. But in the end, I liked a mix of shades and tints more.
It’s funny, but sometimes colouring a design will help me to see areas of imbalance or asymmetry (which I tend to avoid). In this design, I can see that I’d probably rotate the bottom-right square 180 degrees – both to avoid two adjacent squares having the bar jutting out from the top left, and to add a square with the bar coming from the bottom right, because there aren’t many of those in the vicinity. Then again, that would mean that 3 of the 4 corner pieces have the bar coming from the same direction… which might also bug me. Designs like this one can take me a long time to finalise 🙂
This design would be super-easy to make into a quilt… it’s all rectangles, squares and half-square triangles.
I realised afterwards that my design is somewhat similar to the ‘Corner Lot‘ quilt pattern by Craftsy.* I don’t know who the designer is (Craftsy doesn’t say), but I L♥O♥V♥E their colour palette!
* Not an affiliate link, because I don’t do those.