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Batik String Quilt Pattern 80 x 90

For awhile now I have been wanting to try a string quilt. I really didn’t want to have to piece it on paper or a fabric foundation so I tried to do it without either. It worked out really well. The reason I think it worked is because I used Batik fabrics and starch.

The size of this quilt is 80 x 90 inches and will be perfect for a summer size quilt top for my bed. Here is what you will need ~

Main Fabric (light) ~ 4 yards (used as the border also)

Fabric for strips. You want a combinations of colors ~ 5 to 6 yards depending on how fat or thin you cut your strips. I cut my strips between 1 3/4 ~ 3 1/4 for variety.

A 12 1/2 inch ruler ~ or some way that you can achieve 12 1/2 inches with a 45 degree line down the middle.

Step one ~  take your main fabric and cut WOF (width of the fabric).  Cut 15 strips at 1 1/2 wide ~ then cut your 1 1/2 inch strips into 18 inches long. You need 30 of these. This is the center of your blocks.

Cut from your fabric strips any width you want by 18 inches long. You need 60 pieces. Now sew a strip of your fabric on both sides of your main fabric. Iron away from the center piece.

Maine Fabric and strips of different colors.

Maine Fabric and strips of different colors.

Now take your 12 1/2 inch ruler and place in the middle of the strip of main fabric on the diagonal. Mark with a pencil the edges of the strip. Shown in photo. (This will be your cutting line once the block is large enough to cut.

#2 Center strip with ruler

#3a second strip mark

Add 1/2 inch to this measurement and cut your next strip this length. Sew into place. Just keep adding until the 12 1/2 inch square is full. If you don’t want to take the time to mark and cut you can cut all your fabric to 18 inch strips and just sew a square that will later be cut on the diagonal.

Mark and measure for next strip

Mark and measure for next strip

Pin and stitch in place

Pin and stitch in place

Once you have 30 squares sewn, then iron with starch, then cut them 12 1/2 x 12 1/2.  Making sure that your light or main fabric is on the diagonal and centered.  Now you are working with a bias edge of the strips.

Square up blocks

Square up blocks

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Separate your 30 squares into two piles. Lay them on your cutting board as shown. Notice the main light fabric forms a chevron shape.

Line up your two piles of blocks like this!

Line up your two piles of blocks like this!

Now carefully cut your blocks in half. Should be ******6 1/4 x 12 1/2.

#8b blocks cut

You want to lay them all out to match a pattern in the photo below.

put up on wall string quilt

Next get your main fabric out again and cut 18 strips WOF 1 1/2 inches.  Then sub cut them into 12 1/2 inch lengths. You will need 54 total 1 1/2 x 12 1/2. This is your sashing between the blocks.  Put your sashing up on your design wall between the blocks. Start sewing the rows together. *** Iron toward the sashing.  It is to bulky if you don’t.

sewing sections with sash

Next take your main fabric again and cut 9 strips of 1 1/2 inch fabric. Then sub cut into *****6 1/4 inch lengths. You need 50. Then cut any of your other fabric into 1 1/2 square pieces. Need 45 squares 1 1/2 x 1 1/2.  Start with main fabric and sew 10 of these with 9 squares ending with the main fabric. This is your sash between the rows. Iron toward your main fabric.

small sash

Iron toward sashing less bulk.

Iron toward sashing less bulk.

Sew all the rows and sashing together. Last is the border. Take your main fabric and cut to length of the fabric 4 pieces of 6 1/2 by 84 inches. I  gave you extra length so that if your quilt is a different size this should work. The reason you want to cut by the length of the fabric is because it is the straight of the grain and there is no give so the bias edges around the blocks won’t stretch once it is sewn in place.

***** Important–always measure for your borders. I measured on three sections of the quilt using  the sashing because there is no stretching or out of shape blocks there.

Measure along the sashing

Measure along the sashing

Cut both side sections to the same length.  You need to make the border fit on both sides. You might have had some stretching due to the bias edge blocks. Feed in if necessary. Do the same with the top borders. Your finished!

Finished top

Finished top

finished top

Mine is heading off to my long arm quilter friend because I would like an overall design on it. Feel free to make one! Any questions just ask!

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

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The Story Behind the Quilt ~ Sunlight through the Trees

When I want to get inspiration for my next art quilt I just look through some photo’s, check out Pintrest or FB.  Setting up my boards on Pintrest I made one called “All Trees”. I love trees and lately it seems a lot of my quilts have been about trees.  Finding one photo shot of the sun coming through behind some trees gave me an idea for this next art quilt. I drew out a rough sketch of what I would like to see.

Sketch of tree quilt

Sketch of tree quilt

I had to figure out the  size I wanted my finished piece to be.  I cut a piece of batting and marked with a permanent black marker the outline of the trees.  I wanted the background or my forest floor to be deep greens and blues mixed in.

At a recent quilt show I found a package of Hoffman Bali Pops called Parrot!

Hoffman Bali Pops "Parrot"

Hoffman Bali Pops “Parrot”

I then took some of these strips and just cut some chunks out and mixed a pile on my cutting board.

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I then measured between my trees the open space.PT 3

I cut out a piece of “Mistyfuse” the size of the space!

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Once I laid the “Mistyfuse” in place I just started to add different pieces of the cut up fabric making sure you could not see the batting.  I then put parchment paper over the pieces and ironed them in place. Parchment paper is used in case you missed a spot, the fusible web will not stick to the iron.

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Once the background was all finished, I put it up on my design wall. I wanted to make sure that the pieces were sticking to my batting.

Background pieces done!

Background pieces done!

Now I am trying to decide whether to quilt the background at this point or just wait till I add the trees and then quilt it all in one step. My trees will be done on a background piece of muslin first. I will be sewing little strips in place one at a time. Fibers and burlap will be added to the trees also.

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To see some of my quilts for sale and other art quilts check out my Pintrest page   http://www.pinterest.com/PattyCaldwell24/

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#16 WIP Wednesday ~ Weaving fabric

OK, on to something new. LOL Yup, I am forever trying something new. I wanted to try to weave my fabric in different methods just to see what I like better instead of piecing my quilt top to look like it is woven. An example is this bee quilt. I cut the strips then took each strip and sewed it in half. Iron it flat so seam was on the back side. Then I wove different fabrics together. Here is the finished piece.

Woven Quilt

Woven Bee Quilt

This time I wanted some raw edges. At least that is how it started out. I laid a piece of batting down first and wove these batik fabrics that go from light to dark grey and black and some blue. This new one I am working on will be called Moonlight Garden. At least I think so.

Raw edges

Raw edges

I decided to add another strip to the top across because I could see the batting no matter how tight the weaving was.

Fiber 1aI  use a variegated thread to zig zag the strips in place. Still no back piece just batting underneath.

fiber 1c

You can still see that it is a raw edge but not the batting underneath.

I then decided to take out my shiva white paint stick and paint in some little clouds and mist. To do this you take a piece of paper and tear it. Then you place the paper on your fabric and take your stencil paintbrush full of white paint and brush across the paper edge. It leaves an interesting design.

fiber 1dThis mini quilt is going to be a mixed media piece. I am going to use some batting and cheese cloth to make the flowers. I think! It is still a work in progress. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow!

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The Story Behind The Quilt: Chapter #9 ~ Solar Wind & Solar Flare

Now that I have learned a way to piece a wall hanging with a curve (look at last blog post # 8), I designed this beautiful original quilt called Solar Wind using this method. The finished quilt is seen below.

Solar Wind

Solar Wind

I wanted to do a smaller version recently using different fabrics. I always keep all my patterns so if I want I can go back make some changes or make a different size of the quilt.

Below is the pattern being copied onto freezer paper. All intersections are marked and registration marks are added also. Each piece is then cut out and ironed onto a piece of fabric on the wrong side. I then cut out each piece of fabric with at least 1/4 of an inch or bigger around the outer edges. Then I take a small scissor and clip around the edge going up to about 1/8 of in inch to the freezer paper. I then take a small paint brush and dip it in starch and  get my seam allowance wet. I gently fold back my seam allowance away from the top to the back. Try not to fold the freezer paper. Using a light box I butt the two pieces together and pin a lot! **One piece has the seam allowance folded under the other does not.

Design on freezer paperColor choices

Design on freezer paper
Color choice

Once pinned I then use a small zig zag stitch with monofilament thread to stitch in place. It is like a puzzle.

Sewing the pieces together

Sewing the pieces together

After all of it is pieced I carefully remove the freezer paper and press the top. It is ready to quilt!

Solar Flare before quilting!

Solar Flare before quilting!

Solar Flare is Finished! With some embellishments added!

#254 Solar Flare

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