I mentioned in my last blog post that the Victorian Tiles pattern is super versatile. But I figured instead of just talking about it I’d show you.
So here are a few digital renderings of the quilt in different colourways, to show off the many secondary patterns you can achieve with strategic placing of colour and value.
First off, this is a sort of reversal of value from the original in that the navy and white parts have been reversed, and the lighter and medium blues and the pink have shifted spots.
Then there’s the option of completely paring it down to only one blue and the pink, with white to break it up. In this case, the white background of the original is pink, as well as the center square, and only the larger triangles are navy, with white to fill in the rest.
This is one is the same as above, but the colour values have been reversed. The darker fabric is now used for the center and the background squares, and the lighter one for the triangles.
Instead of contrasting colours you could also choose an ombre look by choosing various shades of the same colour. This version has the darkest shade in the center of the block and gets progressively lighter as you move out towards the edges.
This one plays a bit more with contrast, and loses some of the ombre effect in the process. I’ve simply replaced the second colour from the center with the second-lightest one.
Another version paring down colours, but this time we have four instead of the original five: two blues, a contrasting peach, and white for the background. Placing the contrasting peach where I did, I’m drawing attention to the star shape that appears around the big white squares.
Reversing those colours again, the eye is now drawn to the square-in-a-square, and the star shape becomes more of a secondary pattern again and is less in focus.
And if you really want to change up the look, add lots of white and keep the colours to a minim.
Lastly, a change in block setting. The original is set on point, with half-blocks around the perimeter. For a different effect, try making only full blocks and setting them straight.
Which version will you make?
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