This week’s design is a direct evolution of last week’s, although it might not be so obvious when you first look. I’ll walk you through it.
It’s wedges again, but this time, they’re arranged to give an almost woven effect. This first version is like two pieces of fabric, red on the left and white on the right, woven together in the middle.
And because I know a few readers like asymmetry, here it is again in portrait orientation, slightly off-centre 🙂
If I colour the columns of wedges in different colours, you can see more clearly how they interact. Notice in the design on the left, the ‘arms’ within each column of wedges span the width of that column, crossing over the centre spine. But in the design on the right, I’ve staggered the arms. Each one just meets the centre spine instead of crossing over it. Just a minor tweak – in this case, flipping a block of wedges – gives a whole new look.
Now can you see how I evolved the zippers from last week’s design into the woven look in this week’s design?
Here it is in another colourway – a bit like Fanfold. This palette is one of my favourites at the moment.
So, like last week’s design’s, this week’s are all wedges. You could make these designs into quilts using long columns of wedges. The fact that these wedges have borders makes things a little trickier for paper-piecing; I can’t see any way to paper-piece them without adding a seam somewhere awkward. Traditional piecing might actually be better, although you’d need templates for cutting out the wedge shapes. If I had more time and sewing space, this is the sort of thing I’d love to test out, just to satisfy my curiosity!
I revisited wedges recently (after first playing with them around 2 years ago – see Sunday sketches #219, #220 and #221). This isn’t the first design I made (keep reading to see that one), but it does use the first block I came up with.
I really like those two vertical columns in the middle of the design where the points of the wedges meet, so I pared the colour palette back to emphasise them: white on the left, green on the right. Are these green shapes on a white background, or white shapes on a green background?
I like the portrait-orientation layout too, although the landscape version still appeals more for some reason.
But anywhere, here’s where it started – the same block, with the wedges lying horizontally, but using a slightly larger colour palette.
This feels a bit more mid-century modern, maybe. I love how the wedges nest into each other; the colours can play quite differently with one another depending on where they’re placed.
In the version on the left, that white zig-zag shape sinks into the background, whereas the same shape in the version on the left (in light pink) comes to the foreground.
Often how I draw a block in ElectricQuilt 8 is not how I’d actually make it in fabric – I usually draw in the way that gets the idea from my brain onto the screen most quickly or that’s easiest to colour in quickly. But that can mean that shapes are cut off in weird ways or there are seams in weird places… or that the block wouldn’t use fabric in the most straightforward or economical way.
So even though these last few designs are a 4 x 5 block layout, I wouldn’t make them this way (it would mean a lot of paper-piecing with a bunch of different templates per block, and lots of seams within each wedge). Instead, I’d paper-piece vertical columns (9, in this case) of horizontal wedges, then match them up. Each zig-zag shape would be made up of 5 columns of wedges: the left-most pointy bit, the main bit on the left, the middle bit, the main bit on the right, and the right-most pointy bit. Does that make sense? Maybe I’ll have to try making it so I can post pics to show you what I mean!
This week’s design is a few steps further on from Sunday sketch #272 – you can probably see the same wedge shapes around the outside of each block, but the inside is now a cross shape that connects some of the wedges on opposite sides.
In the first version, I’ve used 2 colours + white in each block, against a dark blue background.
I used sashing to separate the blocks, but here’s the same design without sashing. It’s pretty energetic; probably a bit too energetic for me.
I find that using a common colour for the centre crosses helps to reduce the chaos a bit.
Or you can dial back the number of colours. Here I’ve used 2 shades of the same colour in each block. It instantly feels a bit calmer (the cool palette probably helps too).
Or even 2 shades of one colour across the whole design – again with the white centre crosses and the dark background and sashing.
It even works as a two-colour design – with the blocks in either an alternating colourway…
…or the same colourway.
(Doesn’t it feel like one of those folded paper cutouts? I wonder if you could recreate this design with a single sheet of paper and a pair of scissors….)
Like last week’s designs, this one would probably require paper-piecing (foundation or freezer paper) to get the wedges just right. The centre square of each block could be pieced normally (with some strips and squares), but the wedgy sides and corners would benefit from some paper-piecing and/or templates.