It’s been a couple of months since I posted a hand-drawn sketch. I’ve been sketching less lately. Often I start with a dot pad and quickly move to EQ8 when I’ve decided on a motif that I want to explore further. Other times, it’s just easier to start with EQ8. Hand-sketching can require a level of concentration and thought that I don’t always have. But of course, concentration and thought take practice, and they’re easy to lose if you don’t nurture them with time and attention. A gentle reminder to myself that I should make time to sketch, even when there seem to be easier alternatives.
Anyway…! Here’s what I was working on when I last opened my dot pad.
I’ve explored this idea of ‘folded ribbons’ before – see Sunday sketches #74, #75 and #76, for example – and it’s the sort of thing that could spark a thousand more designs. But this time, I wanted to play with the idea of the ‘folded’ bit being a feature, creating its own path.
I ended up designing quite a few variations, with different canvas shapes (square-ish above; rectangular-ish, below), or numbers of lines in each group, or proximity of lines.
Imagine using a really bold print for those lines in the foreground. Wouldn’t that pack a punch?
I’m still working through this idea in my head and on paper, so I may have more of these to show you sometime soon (assuming another design idea doesn’t grab my attention in the meantime!).
This design could be translated into a quilt pattern using long strips (and some careful cutting to maintain the proper angles) or even a lot of triangles.
Arrows, this way and that.
This design started out a little… busier, but I pared it down a bit. Here are the precursor designs…
I think the top-right design is a bit too crowded. Maybe a better colour palette would help to differentiate between the 4 directions?
Anyway, I think I prefer a design with some of the blocks left empty. Here’s one with just two colours, crossing diagonally.
See that centre square, on point, where the blocks of different colour overlap? That’s another opportunity for some colour play. You can see it more clearly if I use a different palette.
Of course, I usually go for a regular, symmetrical design first, then follow it up with a more irregular, asymmetrical design.
Lots of opportunity for playing around with colour and placement!
These designs would be pretty easy to translate into a quilt pattern. The arrow heads are just triangles, and the tails are smaller triangles separated by a rectangle. The tails might be easier to make using paper-piecing to get the necessary precision.
I’ll get back to hand-drawing soon, but in the meantime…
This design is similar to Sunday sketch #100, which also combined horizontal, vertical and diagonal strips. In that design, the horizontal and vertical strips in each block touched the adjacent blocks, and the overlap between the strips created sawtooth stars.
In this design, the horizontal and vertical strips create crosses, the diagonal strips create Xs, and the blocks are separated by thin spaces. I also tweaked the sizing so that the strips making up the crosses and Xs are a more similar width.
I really like the potential for colour play with this design! I’m drawn to designs that use a limited palette, because I struggle so much to use colour well. So 2 or 3 colours suits me perfectly. Especially in such a simple yet striking design!
In the first version, the Xs overlay the crosses:
In the second version, the crosses overlay the Xs.
These designs could be made into quilt patterns quite easily using strips (rectangles) and triangles. I love the idea of making a reversible quilt with the two different versions on the front and back (but I’m not so in love with the idea of lining them up perfectly for quilting…!).