If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen an extra sketch that I shared during the week. It used some of the same blocks from Sunday sketch #204, but arranged in a more symmetrical design. There are so many possible block designs and arrangements along this theme… I could post them for weeks (but I won’t 🙂 ).
I did want to share one or two more though. I decided to limit myself to only the horizontal- and vertical-striped blocks. I love how the lines from one block can extend into the next one (or not).
This is just an 8 x 8 grid using 3 different block designs.
I also like the idea of grouping each block type so that they form distinct areas within the design.
That one’s the same grid size, with an extra block design thrown in.
I like how these designs balance order with a bit of disorder. That last design is probably the closest to one of the original inspirations for this series of designs: a wooden window decoration I spotted while walking along the street in Tokyo last year (hint for walking in Tokyo: always look up!).
As these blocks are all made from strips, squares and rectangles, they could be made using normal piecing. I’d maybe consider foundation paper piecing though, just to get the precision needed for everything to line up nicely.
I briefly sat down with my sketchbook the other day, drew one simple block, then immediately started up EQ8 to tile it and recolour it. I toyed around with placement too, setting the blocks on point, rotating some of them, and using the inverse colourway on others. I picked a lovely emerald-y green for the two-colour version.
Can you tell what the original block was? If you tilt your head 45 degrees, you might be able to see a few squares emerge from this design. And you can see that they’re made up of two 2:1 half-rectangle triangles (which are twice as high as they are wide). The two diagonal seams of the HRTs are parallel, and the HRTs are coloured so the middle of the block looks like a tilted stripe, with the two coloured triangles on the outside.
Messing with the orientation of the blocks introduces some lovely secondary shapes and lines. Of course, I opted for a symmetrical design!
This design could be translated into a quilt using all HRTs and a few squares of background fabric.
I can’t be the only one struggling to focus lately. Working from home is pretty normal for me, and I don’t have kids or pets. So life shouldn’t feel too different when socially distancing… but somehow it does.
I haven’t done any sketching in the past few weeks, so I revisited an old design that I wasn’t originally happy with. I feel like we all need something happy to look at!
This is all simple drunkard’s paths and squares, separated by thin sashing. Another one that would work as a scrappy quilt, or in all solids, or using coordinating fabrics.