This sketch has been hanging around for ages. The photo is from November last year, so the sketch is at least that old, but probably a little older. It’s one of my favourites – possibly even my most favourite sketch of all time, ever (for now).
I held off on sharing the sketch because I wanted to make it into an actual quilt, or at least colour it in a way that would show you how I envision making it*…. but neither of those things is going to happen anytime soon. So here it is.
This would be such an easy quilt to make: all you need are strips. Each ‘pillar’ (for lack of a better description) comprises 2 columns. To make each column, join the long strips together with diagonal seams (like you do with binding), alternating the direction of the join to get the angles pointing the right way. The ‘notches’ in the columns just need to be the same fabric as the background. If I could decide on the right colours**, I’d make this in a heartbeat!
(* One of these days I will write a blog post on my difficulties using colour….)
(** If anyone has any good tutorials or advice on getting better at using colour, I’m all ears!)
In the past few weeks, skinny rectangles have morphed into wider rectangles, and the vistas outside those rectangular windows have changed from angles to rectangles and back again. By recombining (or developing?) those elements, I’ve created a new design based on the idea of peeking through one layer to see the next one.
Spin the design so the stripes are vertical, and suddenly the rectangle becomes a diamond.
Construction of these designs would be even simpler (and quicker) than the previous Sunday sketches — mostly stripes with a few half-square triangles (for the top design) and half-rectangle triangles (for the bottom design).
A bit of a maze this week…
This design is a mix of ‘corner’ blocks (where the path enters on one side of the block and exits on the adjacent side) and ‘straight’ blocks (where the path crosses the block).
In the 8 x 10 grid above, there are also 6 blank blocks. I actually like the idea of eliminating the blanks and using only the corner and straight blocks. It would take a bit of planning to make sure every square was full and the paths were all coherent (i.e. ending only at the edge of the quilt and not in mid-air), but there are lots of ways you could mix and match these 2 blocks to create different serpentine paths.
The corner blocks are like quarter log cabins – just a square with two edging layers of strips. And the straight blocks are just three strips sewn together – you could sew the strips together in very long pieces and just sub-cut to get the squares.
I knew I’d seen a maze-like quilt pattern before, so I checked my Pinterest feed to see if I could find it. Sure enough, this design is a little like the ‘Twisted‘ pattern by Carolina Patchworks. My design is a little simpler: the paths never branch, loop, or cross over each other.