You know how much I like repetitive patterns using a single shape. I like to see the diversity that can arise from rearranging the size and direction of one element. This week, the parallelogram.
Lots of interesting secondary shapes arise in such overlapping designs. Triangles, hexagons, more parallelograms.
I’ll keep playing with this idea. I think the top left corner is a little too busy. And I think translating this design into fabric would be a logistical nightmare.
I’ve been playing with Adobe Illustrator a bit lately. As I explained to a friend recently, I learn about 5 new things every time I use it… and promptly forget about 3 of the things I learned last time. It’s complicated! Still, I’m making progress.
I love the simplicity and boldness of Melinda’s design, not to mention its geometry. I immediately wanted to use those intersecting triangles to create something in Illustrator. After figuring out how to make equilateral triangles and how to fill individual parts of shapes, I came up with the following repetitive design…
I wasn’t sure about those empty hexagons, so I tried filling them with smaller triangle frames:
Hmm, maybe too busy.
I decided to simplify the design by concentrating on those triangular frames to create a secondary pattern of 6-pointed stars. But how the %&$#@ could I do that in Illustrator? It took me awhile, but I figured it out.
And finally, all in one colour with contrasting frames. This one reminds me of Islamic geometric patterns.
Don’t look too closely, or you’ll see how rough my Illustrator skills are!
Adding in a second colour helps to differentiate those 6-pointed stars.
I’m not sure how best to construct a quilt from these patterns – probably either foundation paper piecing or traditional piecing using diamond and triangle templates. There’d be points where 6+ fabric pieces would be coming together, which would require some nifty seamwork and/or a super-hot iron to avoid lumps.
Thanks to Melinda for kindly allowing me to refer to her artwork in this post. I’m not affiliated with her store in any way – I’m just a new fan of her work, which you can also see on Instagram.
This awesome collection of 72 quilt blocks was actually generated automatically using a computer program written by Mark Jason Dominus. From what I can tell from his webpage, he was inspired by a girlfriend who was into quilting; when they got married, she made a quilt from these blocks as a present on their wedding day. Like there’s not enough to do in the run-up to a wedding….
These blocks are all based on a half-square triangle (HST). There are a million and one tutorials online about how to make HSTs — check out the Intro to Half Square Triangles from Connecting Threads or HST Tutorial and Maths Formula from Blossom Heart Quilts. If you’re feeling particularly brave, you can try the Magic 8 Method on Craftsy.