Can you believe I’ve made it to 100 Sunday sketches?! Almost two years of consistently posting a new quilt design, week after week… wow. Thanks for following along!
A few weeks ago, Sunday sketch #95 featured big stars enclosing the traditional sawtooth star quilt block. I like the idea of creating a traditional block almost inadvertently through the placement of other pieces in a quilt design. So I pursued that direction for awhile, and came up with this week’s criss-cross design.
Overlaid crosses create the sawtooth star in the middle of each block. There are lots of ways to colour this design to emphasise different parts.
This design would be fairly easy to translate into a quilt pattern using squares, rectangles and triangles.
Some simple Xs and Os, noughts and crosses, tic tac toe…
You could even mix the X and O blocks around to simulate an actual game of tic tac toe.
These blocks would be a great opportunity to play with transparency – imagine those centre squares (on point) in a colour that blends the two crossover colours. The blocks could be made using rectangles, squares, and a few triangles of background fabric to fill out the block.
Normally I sketch on a plain square grid using a Rhodia dot pad. I like the absence of lines; it frees up my design mind a little more. But lately I’ve been trying to sketch more designs using equilateral triangles, and the easiest way to do this – short of drawing up my own triaxial grids – is to use Grid Paint. It’s a free online resource with different grids for painting, including two types of triaxial grid (one that runs horizontally and one that runs vertically). The design features are pretty limited, but they’re enough to get rough ideas down on the screen for exploring later.
I’ve made no secret of my love of transparency and (paradoxically) my aversion to using colours in my designs. A hexagonal colour wheel is the perfect way to achieve both:
The design above is a ‘subtractive’ colour wheel – the main/primary colours are cyan (I’ve used a darker blue), magenta and yellow. If you mix all three equally, the light is subtracted, giving black in the centre.
You can make an additive colour wheel by mixing red, green and blue (which looks more like a purple here), to get white in the centre.
If you look closely in both designs, you can see the faint lines outlining the triangles. These designs would be so easy to make into quilt patterns! Fewer than 100 equilateral triangles, arranged into only 8 strips to make the hexagon. I’m so tempted.