The basic shape in this week’s designs is based on the main shapes in Sunday sketches #289 and #290. I filled out those two connecting shapes, making them each a wonky hexagon. Tiling and rotating the blocks creates a bunch of new designs. I added a bit of visual interest by bisecting each hexagon on an angle, allowing me to use a different colour in each half.
The hexagon is such an old-school quilting shape. It’s fun to inject a bit of modernity into it.
I’ve used my usual happy/warm palette with these designs, but of course you could use any palette (or prints!) you like.
This week’s design could be made into actual quilts using half-square triangles, half-rectangle triangles, and a few rectangles. It’s block based (each of the designs shown here is a 6 x 6 layout), so you could make a bunch of blocks then piece them together.
I think these designs could work well as scrappy quilts, too. Using fabrics with different saturations on each side of the hexagons would highlight the secondary shapes created by those bisecting lines (like the diamonds in the two versions shown above).
You might notice the resemblance between this week’s designs and last week’s.
This week’s designs use the shape I showed last week but didn’t use then. Here’s a reminder…
Multiples of this shape can be connected by just their tips, once again creating ascending rows of loop-like structures. But unlike last week’s design, this week’s has only elongated diamonds as the secondary shapes. Colouring them (in white, below) helps to see them more clearly, and ties the three rows together.
You can also differentiate different parts of the loops using colour to suggest the presence of foreground and background shapes…
…or fill in the spaces between the shapes to create a whole new shape – in this case, crosses.
Like the designs from the past two weeks, this week’s Sunday sketch could be made into an actual quilt using half-square triangles and squares. They’re not designs that can be easily broken down into discrete blocks, so you’d be better off making a ton of HSTs and just laying them out in rows and columns, then sewing them together.
This week’s sketches are iterations of last week’s. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a series of related sketches. Although I’m not sure two posts in a row counts as a series…!
So last week’s sketches were all based around interlocking crosses – a bit like Brigid’s crosses – with alternating blocks having the reverse colouring. Using random colour placement instead produces a design like this:
And then I just started removing bits. I designed the block using flying geese and a square-in-a-square units, which means there are lots of bits that can be subtracted to create new and interesting designs. Here’s the first design again:
And here it is with alternating blocks removed (actually still there, but with only the centre square showing), to add some more negative space and help you see the individual crosses (or what’s left of them):
I also tried a simpler palette, so you can concentrate on the shapes rather than the colours.
This week’s sketch could be made into a quilt using flying geese, squares, square-in-a-square units and rectangles.
This isn’t one that I’ll be rushing to make, but I enjoyed the process of iterating the design and exploring different shapes and palettes. That’s the kind of experimentation that I like doing with the Sunday sketches – often a little shape or combination of shapes will spark a new idea and a new sketch. For example, I really love this little shape, which is repeated and rotated in the above designs:
It feels a bit like fingertips touching (not that I’m comparing my work to that of Michelangelo or anything..!). Anyway, I’ll keep playing with it and see if I can come up with something new. Watch this space!