Progress on the Indonesian Batik quilt
This past weekend was sewing weekend with Country School Quilters. I probably should have stayed home to do more prep work for the AQS show but I preferred 2 days hanging out with Mom and our quilt friends. I took my Indonesian batik quilt to work on. I got started on this while we were on vacation and could have probably finished it there but I didn't bring my diamond ruler to cut the edge pieces.
As a reminder, this is the layout for the quilt. I bought the fabric at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. They were pretty expensive.....more expensive than my hand dyed fabric...so I didn't want to cut them up too much. That's why I chose this design and I used the Diamond Design Ruler from Quilter's Apothecary. These design rulers are specifically for cutting, not for longarm ruler work.
I got all of the rows stitched on vacation and this weekend I got all of the edge triangles cut and these 4 rows put together.
Putting rows of diamonds together turns out to be very tricky! The method I used in the end was to chalk a seam line across the sashing to help line up the next row. It's fiddly but it works. I started with the longest rows and there's only one more this long and then I start going up each side.
The edges are not necessarily on straight of grain so I'm stay stitching them as I go along. The quilt will have a solid purple border to finish it off. I expect I'll have this one done in November.
9/10/2018 02:43:39 pm
It is stunning. Thanks for the chalk tip. It is definitely harder or trickier to line up blocks when there is no cornerstone in the sashing.
9/11/2018 08:10:12 am
Since I have never done rows of diamonds, it didn't occur to me that lining them up would be a chore. The chalk like is a great tip.
9/11/2018 08:34:58 am
Vicki, I am really looking forward to the quilt top finish on this one. Those fabrics are stunning, and since purple is one of my favorites, I'm sure this quilt will definitely be a standout.
9/11/2018 10:54:08 am
This is beautiful!
9/13/2018 01:13:25 pm
The colors are spectacular! Reading about the issues with working with diamonds reminds me once again why I will never become a sane quilter.
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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.