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.
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.
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).
Or monochrome. I picked a vibrant yellow, and then reversed it, but of course this would work for any combination of two colours.
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!
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.
I started with the gentler palette then tried some bolder colours.
And then tried a bunch of retro colour schemes, too.
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).
I haven’t used Excel in ages, but I wanted to play around with straight lines, and I knew it would be quicker and easier than figuring it out in Electric Quilt 8.
This seemed like the perfect design for a little subtraction – letting the design cross the page, but taking out a few bits and pieces here and there, so it’s not completely symmetrical. Almost like it started out complete and has been worn away in places over time.
One of the disadvantages of Excel is that I can’t easily play around with colour. I think I’d have to select all the cells of each colour to change them. Which definitely falls into the ‘too hard’ basket, hence only one colourway today 🙂