I haven’t done much sketching in awhile. I’m not sure if I’m in a bit of a slump, or if I’ve just been overwhelmed with other stuff – work, life, more work, etc. Probably a bit of both.
So here’s a design I sketched a few weeks ago. I set it aside because I wanted to work on it some more… maybe add a second colour on the other side of those crinkly shapes, maybe work on the angles a little. If I get around to developing it a bit more, I’ll post that too.
To translate this sketch into a quilt, you could combine lots of strips (pieced together at an angle, not unlike last week‘s design) or use triangles, rectangles and squares. The 6 crinkly shapes are made up of multiple copies of a single repeating unit (2 x 4 squares in the sketch), so another approach could be to chain-piece a bunch of them instead.
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).