Here’s another design that ended up looking quite different from where it started.
This design started out much more ‘flat’, with very little depth. Although I still like the original versions! The shapes remind me of Nutri-Grain cereal 🙂
The design is kinda woven, with the white shapes connected by perpendicular rows of three white squares, and the coloured shapes connected by perpendicular rows of three coloured squares. If I colour just the middle connecting squares, it might be easier to see what I mean.
See how they’re connected along the diagonals?
From there, I moved to colouring each element a little differently. This adds a lot more movement and depth to the design. It’s still diagonal strings of shapes connected to one another, but now the shapes are a little more complicated. The following two variations show a zoomed-in, cropped part of the design, without the border, but it’s still the same underlying design.
And in another colourway…
I even took it a step further, colouring in some of the squares, leaving just the middle one in the row of three. This ends up creating those larger squares, which alternate with the smaller ones.
In all these variations, there are some nice four-pointed stars peeking out of the middle – can you see them? The stars in each row of these secondary shapes alternate direction.
This design is just squares and half-square triangles – that’s it! So it would be very easy to make into a quilt.
Sometimes it takes many rounds of revision before I hit on a design that I like. I can walk you through how this one came to be, so you can see what I mean.
First, I started with a regular layout of squares and triangle-in-a-square blocks. I used flower shapes (like in #243), but coloured the squares in between the blocks to make it look like the shapes were overlapping. I liked how those background stars appeared, but overall the design felt a bit too crowded for me.
To relieve the crowdedness, I changed the layout (expanding the overall size, and increasing the number of blocks), added some negative space around the perimeter, and emptied out the central square of each shape (using the square-in-a-square block that I introduced in #245). I liked this version more, but it still felt a bit busy to me.
After looking at that design for awhile, I realised it might look interesting set on point (that is, on the diagonal). So I revised the design (all of this was done in Electric Quilt 8). Setting the same layout on point also introduces lots more negative space, which helps to focus your eye on the design but also relieves the busy-ness.
You’ll notice that I also filled in the spaces I’d introduced in the shapes themselves – I decided I didn’t need that square-in-a-square block after all.
So – I liked the diagonal layout more than the standard layout. But I still wasn’t completely satisfied. So I tried a few more variations, where the two sets of shapes (yellow and blue) overlapped in different ways. Here’s one.
Don’t you love those background stars that emerge in the middle, where the two sets of shapes overlap? I liked this version, but ultimately decided that there was still too much going on.
So I scaled back the movement by making the two sets of shapes run in parallel instead of perpendicular. Ahh, that’s better.
In this version, I also coloured those background stars in white. You might not notice them at first, as the white is only a shade brighter than the light-grey background. But once you get your eye in, they’re easy to find. I can’t decide if I prefer the stars highlighted like this or not… so you get to see both versions!
A fun, simple flower design to start (or end?) the week! I love a good star block, and a small tweak can often turn a star into a flower.
This is the sort of design that looks cute in a bunch of different colours. Bright colours against a light background, or more saturated colours against a darker background… they all work.
This design features many of my usual features – like symmetry and repetition. I played with it a bit more after making these versions, so expect a few more iterations in coming weeks.
These designs are made using a (modified) triangle-in-a-square block, and a bunch of squares. You could use a template or foundation paper piecing to do the triangle-in-a-square block, or even try doing it freehand, improv style. I think either way would look good.