The main reason I didn’t work further on last week’s design is because I wanted to explore other new designs with the same theme. Here’s one: really simple stripes, creating a secondary shape in the centre.
This design could be made using long strips, such as jelly roll strips, angled at the ends and pieced together. It would take a little bit of effort to line up the edges.
Another idea that I jotted down while in Japan was a fairly simple sketch of straight lines coming together to create new shapes.
This is my first attempt; I didn’t play around with any more iterations because I got sidetracked by new ideas. But I think it could be interesting to make this design a little wider, with a bit more negative space at the bottom. And maybe even to position the central arrow motif slightly off centre, which would allow me to get those two top bars to point exactly into those top two corners (only one of which does so now).
Someone asked me on Instagram lately how I feel about asymmetry 🙂 I know I tend towards symmetrical designs, although sometimes a second or third iteration of a symmetrical design will introduce asymmetry. I work best with order, rules and regularity… but I’m trying to bust out some chaos when I can 🙂
This design would probably be easiest to make with long strips. It could be made using a loghouse cabin approach, I think, with some strips combining both the foreground and background colours.
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.