I’ll get back to hand-drawing soon, but in the meantime…
This design is similar to Sunday sketch #100, which also combined horizontal, vertical and diagonal strips. In that design, the horizontal and vertical strips in each block touched the adjacent blocks, and the overlap between the strips created sawtooth stars.
In this design, the horizontal and vertical strips create crosses, the diagonal strips create Xs, and the blocks are separated by thin spaces. I also tweaked the sizing so that the strips making up the crosses and Xs are a more similar width.
I really like the potential for colour play with this design! I’m drawn to designs that use a limited palette, because I struggle so much to use colour well. So 2 or 3 colours suits me perfectly. Especially in such a simple yet striking design!
In the first version, the Xs overlay the crosses:
In the second version, the crosses overlay the Xs.
These designs could be made into quilt patterns quite easily using strips (rectangles) and triangles. I love the idea of making a reversible quilt with the two different versions on the front and back (but I’m not so in love with the idea of lining them up perfectly for quilting…!).
Playing around with long X’s – which have the same angle as a 2:1 half-rectangle triangle – produced this sketch, which (again!) lends itself to reverse colour play.
I often copy sketches – sometimes over and over again – to add shading or modify them slightly. Shading this one shows how the individual units repeat: either white on black, or black on white.
This design could be made using ‘triangle in a square’ units, plus long rectangles. You could also paper-piece those X blocks for accuracy.
Following on from last week, another sketch that incorporates a design element and its reverse colourway.
Black on white, or white on black? I like the fact that your eye settles on one before realising that the other’s there too.
I took this design a little further, extending those chevron-limbed arms out in both directions.
Because of the overall colour placement, the left side of this design seems to be the ‘opposite’ of the right side – but really, they’re both the same, just offset by one row. I just love this effect.
Like last week‘s design, this one could be made using half-rectangle triangles and long vertical sashing, or columns of angled strips. It would work well in solids (of course), but could also be a great way to feature one or two bold prints.