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.
I hope you’re all hanging in there, wherever you are in the world and however much coronavirus has disrupted your life and livelihood.
This week’s sketch is another super-simple one with lots of potential for colourplay and even different blocks.
Angle your head by 45 degrees and you can see that these are just square blocks arranged on point. Most of the blocks are either white background or coloured foreground squares. The other blocks are half-snowballs (basically a square with two opposite corners lopped off) and diamond shapes.
I originally started with the two easiest shapes, which might make the grid layout more obvious:
And, since it feels a bit like a chandelier or necklace, I played around with some negative space too…
This would be a great design for a quick and simple scrappy quilt. Many of us have a lot more time up our sleeves now, so feel free to whip one up if you’ve got the scraps!
I played around with an idea of picture frames recently – simple strips to outline squares. And then coloured it in a ridiculously bright palette, because that makes me happy.
I like the idea of a pattern that has large shapes like this, so you can use feature fabrics without having to cut them up too much. I have a bunch of Erin Michaels’ paint-by-number fabrics stored away that I don’t want to cut into, because I love them so much. (So much!! I have a secret love of paint by numbers. I even have a Pinterest board!) Anyway, one of these days I need to design a pattern where I can use them. It’ll need to be a pattern where I don’t actually have to cut up any fabric hahaha.
I tried a few more sedate colourways for this design, including a blue and yellow one that felt distinctly Swedish.
I realised that it reminded me of IKEA colours… and then the shapes reminded me of IKEA flatpack furniture 🙂
I played around with this concept a bit more, and tried different blocks and arrangements, but nothing jumped out at me as being amazing. Sometimes simpler is better. At least for now.