Remember in last week’s post, I mentioned liking a star shape that emerged from the quarter-square triangle design? Well, I decided to take that star, which is based on a 3×3 grid, and use it in its own design.
I separated the stars with some thin sashing, using small squares to fill in the negative space where the horizontal and vertical sashing meets.
Of course, you could fill in that middle square too.
But I also like the idea of filling the empty square with a different colour, to mix things up a bit. This is my favourite version. This is also a bit of a quirky colour palette for me, but I really like it.
I think the design works without the sashing, but only when the blocks are coloured in a way that distinguishes each one from its neighbours… otherwise I think it looks too busy.
The design works in a more limited colour palette, too. Here I’ve used 2 colours plus the background, and just alternated the central 4 half-square triangles with the outside 4 quarter-square triangles to add a bit of interest.
And if you have the same reservations I do about using white/light backgrounds for quilts, you can use a dark background instead.
This design could be made into a quilt using half-square triangles, squares and quarter-square triangles. Plus a bit of sashing – or not!
I went to a concert recently and started daydreaming about quarter-square triangles as I listened to the music (as you do). As soon as I got home, I started playing with EQ8. I didn’t end up with the original design that I’d imagined, but I managed to create many more. Here’s the first series.
I almost always start with a two-colour quilt, try the reverse colorway, and then can’t decide which one I prefer.
The four quadrants of this design lend themselves to four colours too. And with such a happy design (well, it feels happy to me!), it’s hard to avoid my usual colour scheme of yellow, orange, red and pink.
The design also looks super-cute in a radiating rainbow-ish colour scheme.
I also tried the mixed-up version, which highlights the structure of the QST blocks. It’s a bit busier/messier than the previous designs, but I don’t mind it. I think it would look nice in a really gentle palette.
And finally, another way of colouring the blocks using only three colours instead of four (or two). You can vary the movement around the quilt design by changing which side of the QST is a large solid triangle (pink) and which is a pair of smaller triangles (blue and white).
These designs could all be made into quilts using quarter-square triangles and a few squares. If for some reason you don’t like QSTs, you could use half-square triangles and squares on point, with triangles to fill in the gaps at the edges.
This sketching session produced loads more designs along similar themes, so look out for more QSTs in the coming weeks!
I mentioned in last week’s blog post that I had more designs related to Sunday sketch #183 that I’d share in the coming weeks. Rather than stretch them out, I’m including them all in today’s Sunday sketch. Why not?!
These designs all play on the same theme of connected circles. I’ve coloured these ones slightly differently; rather than emphasising the swooshy curved shapes between the circles (like I did in last week’s design), I’ve highlighted the rectangular bit and used another colour for two quarters of each circle.
In the first design, the shapes extend from left to right. I like the sort of checkerboard effect that emerges as a result.
Of course, since I can never decide on a colour palette, I also made a version in which the colours are reversed…
I really liked the cascade effect in last week’s design. Each row of connected shapes had an upward trajectory from left to right, so I tried a downward trend for this design. It means that most of the circles on the left are part of a row of 5 connected circles (and 4 rectangles). However, the second-last row has 4 circles (and 3 rectangles), and the last row has only 2 circles (1 rectangle) – and vice versa at the top of the design.
You might be able to see what I mean a bit more clearly if I use a different colour scheme. See how each colour defines a row of connected shapes?
Keeping each line with the same number of circles and rectangles leads to a nice overall shape for the design.
How about alternating the overall shape while retaining the same downward trajectory for the rows? To do this, I needed to add a few rows again: first a row of 3 circles, then 2, then 1 on its own. I like those lone circles floating at the top and bottom! I also like how the rows step downward while the overall shape leans upward. Little features like that make me happy 🙂
Of course, other overall shapes are possible too. Quilty peeps love a hexie!
Like last week’s Sunday sketch, these designs could all be translated into a quilt pattern fairly easily. They’re all rectangles, squares and drunkard’s path blocks, with a bit of sashing and a lot of background fabric thrown in. If you used only 3 fabrics, there’d be a lot of identical blocks, which means a lot of chain piecing and a pretty quick quilt top!