Can you believe I’ve made it to 100 Sunday sketches?! Almost two years of consistently posting a new quilt design, week after week… wow. Thanks for following along!
A few weeks ago, Sunday sketch #95 featured big stars enclosing the traditional sawtooth star quilt block. I like the idea of creating a traditional block almost inadvertently through the placement of other pieces in a quilt design. So I pursued that direction for awhile, and came up with this week’s criss-cross design.
Overlaid crosses create the sawtooth star in the middle of each block. There are lots of ways to colour this design to emphasise different parts.
This design would be fairly easy to translate into a quilt pattern using squares, rectangles and triangles.
Some simple Xs and Os, noughts and crosses, tic tac toe…
You could even mix the X and O blocks around to simulate an actual game of tic tac toe.
These blocks would be a great opportunity to play with transparency – imagine those centre squares (on point) in a colour that blends the two crossover colours. The blocks could be made using rectangles, squares, and a few triangles of background fabric to fill out the block.
Back to hand-drawn sketches! This the first week in a looooong time when I’ve posted an actual pen-and-paper sketch rather than something I created on the computer. After a fairly long hiatus, I finally forced myself back to the sketch pad this week.
I started with a fairly rough sketch I’d made of a star block awhile ago. I decided I was happy with it as-is, but repeated it to see what came up. Don’t these look like poinsettias?
From this sketch, I continued to iterate the design, and I’ll post some of the resulting sketches over the next week or so. That process of accidental discovery is something that’s been missing from my software-enabled sketching, which I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Each method definitely has its advantages, but (in my experience, at least) hand-drawn sketching leads to far more creative output.
Still, EQ8 can be useful for colouring in blocks (although still kinda clunky in certain ways):
This design could be made using a combination of squares, rectangles, flying geese or half-square triangles, kite in a square, and triangle in a square.