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Sunday sketch #205

If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen an extra sketch that I shared during the week. It used some of the same blocks from Sunday sketch #204, but arranged in a more symmetrical design. There are so many possible block designs and arrangements along this theme… I could post them for weeks (but I won’t 🙂 ).

I did want to share one or two more though. I decided to limit myself to only the horizontal- and vertical-striped blocks. I love how the lines from one block can extend into the next one (or not).

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #205-1

This is just an 8 x 8 grid using 3 different block designs.

I also like the idea of grouping each block type so that they form distinct areas within the design.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #205-2

That one’s the same grid size, with an extra block design thrown in.

I like how these designs balance order with a bit of disorder. That last design is probably the closest to one of the original inspirations for this series of designs: a wooden window decoration I spotted while walking along the street in Tokyo last year (hint for walking in Tokyo: always look up!).

Geometriquilt: quilt inspiration from Tokyo

As these blocks are all made from strips, squares and rectangles, they could be made using normal piecing. I’d maybe consider foundation paper piecing though, just to get the precision needed for everything to line up nicely.

Sunday sketch #204

I continued on last week’s theme of blocks made up of thin lines. I stuck with the curvy block and added a few more, then jumbled them up. I wanted to design the blocks so that there’d be instances of (some of) the lines continuing from one block to the next. And I separated the blocks using sashing of the same thickness.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #204-1

I played around with colours for ages, but didn’t find anything that I liked as much as the black and white.

The whole design feels quite whimsical to me, hence the candy colours, I think.

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Or each block could be coloured differently. This gives the whole design quite a different feel (maybe also because my choice of colour palette’s not so hot).

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #204-4

Or monochrome. I picked a vibrant yellow, and then reversed it, but of course this would work for any combination of two colours.

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This design reminds me a bit of breeze blocks, those concrete blocks that let air through. (Speaking of which, check out how quilter Ben Millett created 4″ breeze-block-like units earlier this year, here and here. I’m hoping he makes them into a quilt!)

My design could be made into a quilt pattern – with blocks in whatever arrangement you wanted – using a combination of normal piecing (for straight bits) and paper piecing (for curves) for accuracy. Lots of variation and versatility!

 

Sunday sketch #202

Back to curves this week. This shape reminds me of pills, but also those tongue depressors (remember those?). It’s got a kinda quirky retro feel that lends itself well to a range of colour palettes.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #202-1

I started with the gentler palette then tried some bolder colours.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #202-2

And then tried a bunch of retro colour schemes, too.

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This design would scale up or down really easily, either by adding/subtracting blocks or changing their size. It’s all just drunkard’s path units and rectangles (skinny strips and fatter rectangles).