My designs are going through a bit of a diamond phase at the moment.
I’ve never sewn with diamond shapes before – I guess they must be similar to triangles in how they need to be aligned just right when sewing in rows? I should try them and see. This design could be made with triangles instead of diamonds, but the former would introduce loads of unnecessary seams.
I love the simplicity of this design. Just three or four colours – one for the background and a few for the columns of diamonds – would make a striking quilt.
Most of the time I sketch using pen and paper, but sometimes I’ll move to Excel if I’ve got an idea that uses mostly squares or strips. Every so often I’ll fire up Illustrator and try to figure out how to get what’s in my head onto the screen.
This design arose from Sunday sketch #21… I clearly have some obsession with constellations, and bright spots emerging from the darkness…
I don’t use Illustrator often enough to be completely comfortable with it yet, so each foray tends to bring more stress than success. I don’t need to do that much — create some shapes, add some lines, fill in some colour — but it’s not always an intuitive or easy-to-use program. Still, I’m learning. This design is not quite there yet, but the good thing about Illustrator is that it gets easier the more I play with it.
Often when I sit down with a dot pad and start sketching, one design quickly leads to another. After sketching last week‘s triangle design, I came up with this one. It re-uses some of the elements of #37 but removes some of the busy-ness and replaces it with long solid parallelograms.
I actually came up with a symmetrical design first, with the vertical separation of those Toblerone-like bars following a diagonal path. I still like this one too, although it’s a little more regular and conventional than the previous design.
Like last week’s design, this one could be made using half-square triangles and rectangles, with sashing in between. I like the idea of picking sets of 3 colours and mixing them per ‘bar’ – two for the interior layers (alternating) and one for the side and end. Maybe I’ll just have to make this design into a quilt to show you what I mean.