This week’s design feels like a palate cleanser. Like a lemon sorbet between courses. A relatively simple block-based design with a gentle pastel palette!
I actually started with a much simpler design, but decided that it felt a bit too empty. Maybe because of the pastel palette rather than the overall layout?
I like the reverse colourway better. I’ve added sashing to separate the blocks (they look too crowded otherwise). Here there are in just one colour per block, with the dark blue (actually more like purple!) corner pieces helping to tie the blocks together.
That darker colour can be used on other pieces within the block, too.
And here’s an alternating arrangement, which I like too!
And, finally, a super-light palette with only the pastels. Removing that darker colour gives a whole new look to this design.
This is one of those designs where I didn’t put much thought into how it could actually be made into a quilt. I’d probably construct the blocks on point. (And, if you tilt your head 45 degrees, you can get an idea of what a on-point layout might look.) I think the blocks could be made from squares, rectangles, and some half-square triangles.
Recognise the pinwheel flags from last week? Here’s where they started.
I’ve been playing with elongated curves lately. I was prompted by the oval drunkard’s path templates from Jenny Haynes / Papper, Sax, Sten, which I got awhile back. They’re 2:1 curves, so twice as high as they are wide (standard drunkard’s path blocks are 1:1 – the same width and height).
I wasn’t sure how to make 2:1 curves in Electric Quilt, but I figured out that you can draw a standard curve, then select it and drag it the box around it to create new dimensions. I’m not sure I got the dimensions quite right in this design, but I got sidetracked by the concept of using curves in this way. It’s a concept I’ve tried a few times recently – you might’ve seen Sunday sketch #251, and I’ll post some other designs like this in the future.
Anyway – alternating blocks help to introduce a bit of negative space, so the whole design doesn’t feel too crowded.
The great thing about a four-colour palette is how many combinations are possible. Here are a few.
It gives a slightly different feel to the design if you switch the order of the alternating blocks, so that the curved blocks are in the corners.
I used sashing between the blocks, so it’s possible to use all curved blocks throughout the design without making it feel too crowded…
…but I still prefer the alternating arrangement of curved and non-curved blocks.
I love the oval drunkard’s path shape! It lends a bit of wonkiness and an informal feel to the overall design. I’m looking forward to trying out the Papper, Sax, Sten templates and coming up with more curvy designs. This one could be made using the templates, triangle-in-a-square units, and squares.
I’m posting a little out of order this week. If you’ve been following for awhile, you know that one sketch will often spark an idea for a second sketch, which will morph into a third sketch, which can lead off in another direction to a fourth sketch… and so on. When this happens, I usually post the designs in order of creation, so I can easily tell the story of how they evolved. But not this week.
You’ll see this ‘pinwheel flag’ motif (for lack of a better description) in an upcoming sketch, where it first started. But I like the simplicity of this variation, so I’m posting it first.
I tried to inject a bit of bright colour into this one, because my default palette with this dark blue is often white and grey….
In the variations above, there are secondary squares created by the closest quadrants of four adjacent blocks… so four white ‘flags’ create a white square, and four blue flags create a blue square.
But the flag colours can be mixed up to avoid creating those squares. I like to create designs that offer choices for colour placement, particularly with a limited palette.
I’ll do a bit more with this block next week. But in the meantime, here’s another variation, created by colouring in the secondary squares with the alternating colour. I also flipped the orientation of this one, to avoid potential problems.
I like how these two versions look almost chaotic and improv-y but are actually very controlled and rule-based.
All these designs could be made into quilts using a triangle-in-a-square block and squares. That’s it!