This week’s design started on my sketchpad. I often doodle half-square triangles or parallelograms, and I began with a shape I’ve used before – overlapping parallelograms that create little cat ears poking out the top (I used something similar in Sunday sketches #114 and #160). I’d never really done much with just that shape though, so I decided to keep working on it. I knew if I wanted to play with colour or transparency, I’d have to recreate the shape in EQ8. So I did.
This design actually started out a little differently… I began with a looser arrangement. The same elements were all there, but the blocks were wider and longer, leaving more negative space.
As always, I’m never completely sure which version I like best. I think in this case, the tighter version with less negative space wins out. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it brings those white squares (on point) a bit closer together and makes them more obvious, which adds another interesting element to the design.
Each design could be translated into a quilt pattern using squares, rectangles, half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles.
The drunkard’s path shape (single or double) is now something I’m comfortable sewing – so I feel like my brain is more open to the possibility of creating designs with it. Unfortunately I still can’t draw a decent curve, so I use EQ8 to design curve-based quilts. I can’t always translate what’s in my brain to the screen, but playing around with the software can still produce some fun(ny) ideas.
The colour and the optical illusion just feel really 80s to me, although I can’t put my finger on exactly why… it reminds me of something, but I’m not sure what.
You can probably see from the hints of red along the bottom and right-hand side of this image that the design started out a bit bigger, but I cropped it. I’ll often create something in EQ8 and then decide that I like a smaller version. It might mean that a block is cut off (and that the actual construction of the quilt might take a little more effort), but I usually think about design first, construction second.
This design could be made into a quilt using a ton of drunkard’s path blocks and squares of background colour. Not technically difficult, but very repetitive!
There should be a name for when the same shape appears in the foreground and the background in a repeating pattern. It hasn’t happened for awhile – the last one I can spot on my Instagram feed was Sunday sketch #110, posted in August 2018. Sunday sketches #102, #103 and #104 are also good examples (I was obviously hung up on that theme then!).
In this week’s design, the pointy crosses – the ones in that light and dark teal – come to the foreground. The coral shapes recede to the background.
But look closer: those coral units are the exact same size and shape – a pointy cross. Each of the background shapes is made from the corners of the adjacent 4 blocks, but they end up being the same as the main shape that appears in the centre of the block.
Together, they make a checkerboard grid on point. The white squares help to break up the repetition, and the slightly different colouring of the two sets of shapes helps to distinguish them further.
Alternating the block colouring helps to define the boundaries between blocks, and disguises the similarity between the foreground and background shapes even more.
Again, those white squares help to break up the colour and the busy-ness of this design.
As a block-based quilt, this one would be relatively easy to make. It’s just half-square triangles, flying geese units, a square-in-a-square unit, and some squares and rectangles. It’d be great for playing with transparency.