The Quatrefoil, a four leafed shape we've all seen in art, architecture, and design, seems to be making a bit of a comeback in the textile world. I'm not going to go so far as to call it the new chevron, but once again Riley Blake seems to be right on trend! You may have noticed my new picks over on our shop home page gallery. I'm loving the modern take on a traditional form.
Beloved by Renaissance and Gothic artists, the Quatrefoil is particularly ubiquitous in European architecture. I had the chance to climb the Duomo in Milan recently and was met with more quatrefoils than I could count - even more than the stairs one has to climb to get to the top!
In fact, when you ascend the winding stairs all the way to the roof (that's right, you can walk on the roof of the cathedral!) you're rewarded with even more quatrefoil designs, and an amazing view of course.
And when my travels took me to Venice, I didn't have to look too long before I found even more quatrefoils! I will admit that I may have been even more eager to scout out scene locations from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but that's to be expected, no? Yes, Harrison Ford trumps quatrefoil I suppose.
Back in the shop, like in Italy, I didn't have any trouble finding this simple motif! I always find it fun to find the cross-over in design for all forms of art.
From landscape and architecture, to jewelry, home decor, and even baked goods, the quatrefoil seems to have no limits!
Naturally I'd be remiss if I didn't find some sewn garments and quilts for you! I think I even let out a delighted gasp after stumbling upon that quilt from Sew Kind of Wonderful using their Quick Curve Ruler.
For more inspiration and the sources for all of the above, head over to our Pinterest Page. I hope you'll share your quatrefoil creations in the comments below!