I saw a bank advertisement that featured arrows (inspiration is everywhere!), which prompted me to play in Electric Quilt 8. Of course, I usually start with a regular design of repeating units…
…before allowing myself to relax the rules and play around with the layout.
I decided to modify these arrows slightly by changing the ends of the arms (do those bits have a name?) from blunt to angled. This also has the effect of creating sharper squares out of the negative space between the arrows – suddenly those 9 squares in the middle jump out more clearly. Can you see them?
I’m not sure which design I prefer. Each one has its advantages!
There are a few different ways you could translate this design into an actual quilt pattern. Each block could comprise 4 half-arrows that meet in the middle. Or a block could contain just one double-ended arrow, positioned diagonally across; setting the blocks on point and separating them with thin sashing would create the same end result.
Either way, I’d be tempted to use paper piecing to create these thin lines, but that’s only because I don’t trust my sewing skills to get them as sharp and consistent as I’d like them.
A really simple design this week – inspired by a t-shirt that I spotted in a random TV show this week. Ideas can come from anywhere!
I’ve only just realised this is another chevron design. I seem to have a thing for them lately!
This is a simple 4 x 4 arrangement of a single block, just rotated 90, 180 or 270 degrees. I put a frame around this image here, just so it wasn’t floating on the page. But I like the idea of a quilt design without a coloured border or binding, so these thin strips are the focus.
I’d probably paper-piece these blocks for precision, although I know some people are very good at piecing thin strips the normal way! 😉
I’ve been playing around with the same shape from Sunday sketch #138 – that origami-like chevron – in a few different designs. I like how it nests together in interesting ways.
I couldn’t figure out how to recreate this design in Electric Quilt 8 (at least, not easily), so you’ll just have to use your imagination with the hand-drawn sketch instead.
Because the chevron units are offset in this design, it might be easier to translate into a quilt pattern using a slightly different construction technique. Instead of quarter-square triangles and flying geese, it would make more sense to build the units using squares and half-square triangles, and arrange them on point. You’d also need some strips and rectangles to fill out each larger block. It’s awkward, but doable.