Another quilt cut out
With the new fabrics that I've bought into the house lately I wanted to do something with the fabrics instead of just piling them into the fabric cabinet to be found again years from now. Plus I need some projects stockpiled for my monthly sewing days and for 2 vacation trips.
These Indonesian batiks are some of the fabrics that I bought recently and I want them in a quilt for my bed by next winter. I absolutely love them.
A few weeks ago I played around with some designs and settled on sashed diamonds....which isn't going to exactly be easy. When I did the original design in EQ I didn't pay attention to the dimension of my diamond but when I printed the template I also realized that it was going to be a total paint to cut out too.
Instead I went straight to Quilter's Apothecary and bought their 60 degree diamond design rulers. Then I redesigned the quilt with this size of ruler. (I also removed the paper from the back of the rulers before I started cutting.) That's how I got the layout above with 77 diamonds. That means I need 8 from each of my 10 fabrics.
I wanted to get the best use of the motifs in the baitk so I first cut out 8 diamonds from paper and then arranged them on the fabric to 1) make sure I could get 8 diamonds and 2) get the best use of the motifs on the fabric.
Yes, it did leave some chunks but we know that's just another project, or 3, in waiting.
I should also mention that I starched all of these fabrics before I cut them. Too many bias edges to control so starch was a must. Here are my 80 (3 extra) diamonds. Oh, this is going to be a pretty quilt!
I bought this purple fabric for the background and, yes, I did soak it before I starched and cut it and, yes, it did bleed. I got all of the sashing and binding cut. I'll cut the borders when I'm done with the center. This is going to be a bed quilt for me so I'll make the borders to fit exactly the size quilt I want. If that means that the borders are different width, I'm going to be fine with that.
And then there's this! I see maybe a lap size quilt, some placemats and postcards. Lots of possibilities....for another day!
Becky in VA
3/22/2018 05:35:41 pm
Love the design you came up with to show off these pretty fabrics!
3/22/2018 06:46:52 pm
Yay! So glad you're planning to use your new fabrics right away. This pattern is perfect for those fabrics too - I think having the sashing between the diamonds is going to set off the flowers just enough so they don't blend into each other.
3/22/2018 06:55:28 pm
This is going to be spectacular! It makes me a think of a stained glass window.
3/23/2018 08:01:43 am
Awesome. I just ordered a diamond ruler - although it is a 45 degree diamond. So I can add "sashed diamonds" to the possibility list.
3/23/2018 08:21:03 am
That fabric is gorgeous and will make a fabulous quilt!
3/23/2018 11:45:31 pm
Such beautiful, beautiful batiks. Will make a stunning quilt. And you have leftovers to play with. What fun!
3/24/2018 05:32:32 pm
These fabrics are glorious and sashing them, as well as fussy cutting, will make them sing. Your LMM quilt is coming along nicely.
3/25/2018 02:04:33 am
Those are some truly beautiful batiks. Looking forward to seeing your creation.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.