This week’s sketch uses the same motif as last week’s, but with an added row of blocks and a different colour scheme.
For some reason, I prefer this design arranged vertically rather than horizontally, but of course it would work either way. And it can be coloured in a million different ways. Here are just a few examples….
These first two versions highlight the vertical lines between blocks.
That can be taken a step further by iterating through a few different colour pairings for each column of blocks. This one’s one of my favourites. I feel like the big vertical zig-zags are much more obvious in the second and fourth columns than in the others. Can you see what I mean?
Or we can use colour to ignore the delineation between the columns:
In hindsight, I think all of these designs would’ve worked better if I’d extended the blocks to the top and bottom of the quilt top, rather than having a white border all the way around. An easy fix, but not one I could be bothered going back to correct right now 🙂
And, finally, a horizontal layout just to show you what it looks like.
That design cycles through three colours from top to bottom – green, black, white – and I used six rows of shapes to ensure that the top and bottom of the quilt top both ended up being green. It’s a fairly busy, energetic design as a result! Not necessarily one of my favourites, but I still liked it enough to post.
Like last week’s design, this one’s all flying geese units and half-rectangle triangles (or triangle-in-a-square units).
How about a slightly spicy design to follow last week’s palate cleanser?
This started out as a hand-drawn sketch on my Rhodia dot pad, as a mix between flying-geese triangles and half-rectangle triangles (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: triangles are so versatile!). I wanted the lines from each flying geese block to lead into the adjacent flying geese blocks, creating a large zig-zag. And at the same time, the straight lines from the half-rectangle triangles would connect to the facing block.
I recreated the design in EQ8 so that I could play with colour. There are quite a few ways to combine just three colours in this design, each of which give it a slightly different feel.
And, of course, my usual favourite combo of red, pink and white.
I feel like the light pink against the red gives a bit of a transparency feel, and helps to make those large zig-zags – which carve a path down the page – a little clearer.
The design doesn’t necessarily have to flow vertically down the page; it would work just as well horizontally.
These designs could be made into quilts using just two blocks: a flying geese block and a triangle in a square block (or two half-rectangle triangles instead). Pretty straightforward, but with striking results.
A very basic block this week, which is just an excuse to play with colour and arrangement.
Now, diagonally bisecting a star block is not new. Sometimes I’m confident that a Sunday sketch is unique, or different, or surprising, or unexpected. This is not one of those times. I scoured Pinterest and didn’t find anything exactly the same, but this design is so basic that I’m convinced it’s out there. So you may have seen something like this before. For example, Suzy Quilts has a gorgeous pattern called Stars Hollow with blocks that feature a white sawtooth star against a diagonally bisected, coloured background. (If you’ve seen other similar designs, comment on this post and I’ll add links.)
Anyway… my purpose for posting this today is because I was interested in all the different ways this simple block can be arranged and coloured using my usual restricted palette of 1–2 colours (1–3 if you count white, which I guess we have to). So here goes.
I find the first design striking because it almost looks like a block in shadow – with light coming from the bottom right, angled up to the darkness at the top left. It’s super-simple but a bit complicated too.
But then I tried introducing a second colour (I usually ignore white, but I guess that’s technically the second colour (even though it’s not a colour…), making green the third colour):
The top half of each star is the same as before – white on blue – but the bottom half is now green instead of blue. I find that this colouring helps me to delineate those diagonal stripes a bit more easily, which then makes me want to make them even more obvious:
In both those designs, I recoloured the stars so that their tops and bottoms create clear diagonal stripes. I prefer alternating a single colour with white; I found that two stripe colours (the background behind the stars) was a little overwhelming.
Then I went back to the original block design, which had a solid top half and a white bottom half. By alternating the colouring for each block, I could still hang on to those clear diagonal stripes.
I also tried another design that kept the diagonal stripe but made it a bit more subtle. I started with the original block again, but recoloured some of the star tops and bottoms.
And finally, I mixed things up a bit more by alternating blocks with all-solid or all-white backgrounds, then colouring them to bring back those stripes.
I always love seeing how a single block can produce so many different designs just using different colour placement. I think that’s one of the things that makes quilting so interesting for me – seeing how a single design can be interpreted in so many ways.
These designs could be translated into quilt patterns using triangle-in-a-square blocks, half-square triangles, and squares. That’s it!