It occurred to me awhile after sketching this recent series of quilt designs that they’re almost like Celtic knotwork – just more geometric and with fewer crosses (and cross-overs).
So I’ll dedicate these ‘hearts’ to Ireland – a country that was my home for almost 6 years when I was younger (which feels like a lifetime ago!).
More ribbon-like diagonal strips this week, turning corners and flipping back on themselves.
It’s easy to change the look of this design by flipping the foreground and background strips (which probably would’ve been easier to see if I’d coloured them…).
Or pushing some of the background strips to the foreground.
Like the past two weeks‘ designs, these sketches could be made into quilt patterns using half-square triangles or strips (set on point after creating 4 identical blocks). Lots of opportunity for playing with interesting colours and even transparency.
More on the theme of overlapping octagons.
The colour combinations with designs like these are almost endless, and provide the perfect opportunity for creating transparency effects.
Even the simpler, more regular patterns create lots of interesting little secondary shapes. Squares within squares within squares.
As with my previous octagon-based designs, these ones could be made using mostly squares, half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles. Setting on-point might be easier, as it would require mostly squares, quarter-square triangles and rectangles.