Tagged: stripes

Sunday sketch #335

More Excel designs this week. I wish I’d used a different colour in these designs – this blue feels too cold to me – but I’m too lazy to change it. (There’s probably a quick way to do a replace-all of coloured cells in Excel, but I’m too lazy to find it!)

I like this offset cross that appears in the centre of the design as a result of a series of corners lining up diagonally in all four quadrants. I guess the four quadrants of the design could be made using large log cabin blocks. The strips can be extended to the edge of the design too…

…or angled round more corners to create discrete rectangles. Now there are four more crosses in addition to the centre one.

There are other ways to play with that central cross. If you look closely at the next design, you can see that it’s a series of closed loops of varying length, connected to one another in pairs (apart from the four smaller rectangles floating at the far corners).

Or it can be simplified further – again retaining that central offset cross.

Like last week’s sketch, this week’s designs could be made into a quilt using long strips. I’d find it easiest to make up templates, and maybe even to use paper-piecing to get the strips sewn nice and straight.

Doing one of the simpler designs as a super-sized quilt would look great, I think. I’ll add it to my list… 🙂

Sunday sketch #262

More simple stripes this week. I haven’t finished exploring this idea, but I thought I’d post my progress thus far.

I like those shapes that emerge from between the hash blocks (hopefully that phrase doesn’t flag my blog as dodgy haha) – they’re like ghost circles or squares. Here’s the reverse colourway.

I started this with a different palette, and then expanded it a bit.


And even introduced some blocks in a reverse colourway.


It feels a bit busy when the blocks contain both dark and light stripes; the design is a bit more coherent when the stripes in the coloured blocks are all dark.

I think there’s more potential with this design; it doesn’t feel quite ‘there’ yet for me. I can’t really describe what I’m looking for, but I’ll know it when I see it!


Sunday sketch #260

Often when I create a bunch of quilt designs from one block design, I’ll share them all in a single post. But I split up the latest batch into last week’s Sunday sketch and this week’s. The arrangement is kinda different, and I played with two different colour schemes, so… it felt worthy of a new post.

So, picking up from last week – here’s the same block in a vertical orientation, but with a more limited colour palette. Black and white shapes instead of colour, and a coloured background instead of white. I’ve still used the same arrangement where the stripes are a different colour than the background rectangle in each block. But by alternating the colours and rotating the blocks, the borders between the blocks are less obvious.

This one’s much the same, with the columns shifted one over so that the very left-hand and right-hand edges of the block arrangement are fully straight instead of stepping in and out. I think I prefer the one above.

These blocks have lots of possible arrangements, which can be expanded by adding sashing (similar to last week). Here’s the same design with and without sashing.

The addition (and then subtraction) of sashing really changes the feeling of movement within the design.

So, like last week’s design, this one’s all rectangles (some long and skinny, some larger). There are a lot of repeated elements, which means lots of chain-piecing possibilities! I think you could sew lots of long strips together and then subcut them into the pieces needed for each block. There’s also be  places where you’d need to match points fairly carefully (not everyone’s cup of tea).