Time for some new shapes this week.
Have you tried freezer paper piecing? It’s like foundation paper piecing, but instead of sewing on to paper templates, you press the fabric on to freezer paper templates to hold it in place, and you sew the seams without sewing through the paper. This means there’s no need to rip paper out at the end, and you can use the templates again and again. I first learned this technique from another member of the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild (hi MJ!) and then again from Tara Faughnan in a workshop (Tara has a few online classes teaching this technique, and a CreativeBug class too.)
Anyway, so I’m not a huge fan of foundation paper piecing, but I do occasionally use freezer paper piecing, and the more I do, the more I’m hooked. So I’ve been thinking more lately about freezer paper-piece-able designs. I love a New York beauty block (all those spikes!) so tried a double-layer spiky design.
You can start to see how I designed the block by looking at all the colouring variations….
It looks just as good in the reverse colourway, too.
Each block is made from four quarter-blocks, which can be rearranged in other ways, too.
And the design works in multiple colours, too. These primary colours really pack a punch!
This design would be most easily made using templates for foundation paper piecing or freezer paper piecing, plus some curved strips for in-between the spiky bits.
This week’s sketch is based entirely on the star motif from last week‘s sketch.
The geometry of the eight-pointed stars means that they join up with their neighbours in really pleasing ways, and then create a nice secondary shape (coloured here in various shades of teal) in the interstitial spaces.
These stars remind me of those pesky little plant burrs that can stick to your socks!
This is the last in the series of related quilt designs that started with Sunday sketch #132. I wanted to give you a little insight into how I come up with ideas; more often than not, one design will spark loads more. A few small changes here and there produce new designs that start to look less and less like the original.
I find this kind of iterative process easier and quicker to manage in Electric Quilt 8, because I can see pretty quickly how a simple change (to geometry or colour) will translate across an entire quilt. But I’ve also gone through similar processes when hand-sketching; it just takes longer, and my hand hurts more at the end of it. 🙂
I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to quilts with stars. Simple or complicated, solid or scrappy… there are so many ways to make stars (and to make them look good!).
This week’s Sunday sketch is yet another iteration of the past few weeks’ designs, with yet more tweaks. In this case, the link between the previous designs is starting to get a little tenuous… I retained one of the original blocks, but changed the other one to a star. Because who doesn’t love a good star?!
I also went back to the colours of #133: teals (or are they sea blues?) and that warm yellow. With a bit of transparency thrown in for good measure.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using flying geese, rectangles, squares, triangle in a square blocks, and a modified kite block. The star blocks could probably be paper-pieced although I haven’t actually thought how, exactly. They are like slightly wonky sawtooth stars, so maybe that would be a way to approach them.