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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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Trying Quilt As You Go Method on “Ocean Summer Leaves”

 I have always wanted to try a “Quilt As You Go” method. Looking on the net I found one that I thought might work for me.

Instead of quilting one block at a time I wanted to quilt large sections together then connect those sections. By quilting in smaller sections I am also able to pin baste the sections (or sandwich the sections) on my craft table instead of on my floor.

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After each section is quilted I squared them up and got my strips ready to piece the sections together. I tried cutting the back piece one inch like the video stated.  My first sections I had to take it all apart. My walking foot is large and hard to get 1/4 inch seam,  so I ended up cutting my back strips  to 1 1/4 inch wide. This worked out perfect. I also had to add a piece of the border fabric to the end of my top strips.  My borders were pieced  as  part of the blocks instead of a separate border that you would add on later.

Adding a piece of the border fabric to end of top strips.

Adding a piece of the border fabric to end of top strips.

Showing the connecting top strips!

View from the front of quilt with connecting strips!

View from the back with connecting strip!

View from the back with connecting strip!

Three middle sections sewn together.  The striped fabric is where the sections meet.

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After doing the top and bottom sections then they were all put together.

*** Make sure all your sections are squared up and measuring all the same size.

It takes a lot of pins and it took longer than I thought but it did work out in the end!

Straight line quilting!

Straight line quilting!

Finished quilt is 88x102

Finished quilt is 88×102

View from the back.

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You are using more fabric because each section needs a little extra batting and backing around the edges due to pinning each section separately before quilting.

 All and all I am happy I tried it!

My cat loved it before I was done piecing it as you can see!

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On to the next project!

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First Team Quilt Finished!

To catch up on the team quilt and how it came together just go to ~

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/wip-wednesday-team-shop-quilt-2-sashing-and-borders/

I loved getting quilt blocks from all over the world in the mail.  I have to say I did not expect all the different mailing packages on how the blocks would arrive.

mailing envelopes

mailing envelopes

I was finally able to finish piecing the last few rows this morning! The pieced top is 70″ x 84″.

It will be in the mail and on its way to be quilted by ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/lynndalou

Then our binder and labeler ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/BackPocketDesign

Pieced Top

Pieced Top

The backing I chose for this one is a light green flower print and the binding has a lot of different colors in it!

Backing and binding

Backing and binding

  I am still receiving blocks daily and a second quilt is already in the works!! Can’t wait to see this one finished.

These are all the shops that have participated so far in the Quiltsy Team  quilt. Please check them out!

 twistedsticks.etsy.com
ShirleyCQuilts.etsy.com
MulberryPatchQuilts.etsy.com
backporchquilts.etsy.com
paintedquilts.etsy.com
djwquilts.etsy.com
SewCuteQuilting.etsy.com
OldeFancyworkQuilts.etsy.com
StitchintheMountains.etsy.com
MooseCarolQuilts.etsy.com
MoranArtandQuilts.etsy.com
SallyManke.etsy.com
MoonDanceTextiles.etsy.com
CynthiaBDesigns.etsy.com
TwiggyandOpa.etsy.com
annsquiltnstuff.etsy.com
Quick2ListenFiberArt.etsy.com
Serenstitches.etsy.com
SEWFUNQUILTS.etsy.com
CentralFabrications.etsy.com
Sieberdesigns.etsy.com
QuiltSewPieceful.etsy.com
susiquilts.etsy.com
TriangleQuilting.etsy.com
quiltsofcolor.etsy.com
birdsongquilts.etsy.com
SewEverAfter.etsy.com
lynndalou.etsy.com
withhugsnstitches.etsy.com
Sewsouthernquilts.etsy.com
RainGardenQuilts.etsy.com
QuiltsForAllReasons.etsy.com
Jambearies.etsy.com
QuiltAndFabricItems.etsy.com
QuiltsClothsCovers.etsy.com
CinfulArt.etsy.com
uniquelynancy.etsy.com
MaryMackMadeMine.etsy.com
NeedleLove2.etsy.com
DocksideDesigns.etsy.com
DesertSkyQuilts.etsy.com
PeppersAttic.etsy.com
JuneBugQuilts.etsy.com
BedQuilts.etsy.com
StitchesnQuilts.etsy.com
DebiDesigns.etsy.com
HollysHutch.etsy.com
DelauneQuiltDesigns.etsy.com
RainStudio.etsy.com
LittleCottonShop.etsy.com
VillageQuilts.etsy.com
FabriArts.etsy.com
marytequilts.etsy.com
KathyKinsella.etsy.com
BackPocketDesign.etsy.com
KimKolbQuilts.etsy.com
Jackiesewingstudio.etsy.com
MurphysHouse.etsy.com
RunnStitch.etsy.com
NeedleNannie.etsy.com
RedNeedleQuilts.etsy.com
anotherghostquilts.etsy.com
gallagherquilting.etsy.com
SilverDoily.etsy.com

And of course me!!! Thebutterflyquilter.etsy.com!

Remember once the top is all finished it will be available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuiltsyTeam

 

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The Story Behind The Quilt ~ World Wide Quilting Day March 15th!

World Wide Quilting Day is March 15th and my Quiltsy Team on Etsy decided to come up with two challenges I wanted to take part in this week.
Challenge #1 ~ make a  quilt using green, purple and yellow fabrics!  Challenge #2 ~  Go back to your first quilt and see what you could come up with using your first block or quilt design.  I made a choice to combine both challenges.

My first quilt was a snow ball design. I was living in a rural part of England when I learned to quilt.  A friend taught me one on one and let me use her sewing machine.  I failed sewing in high school. I still can’t sew clothing. I don’t even know how to put a zipper in. One day I will challenge myself! My friends get a kick out of this!

Back to my first quilt. Cotton fabric was hard to come by. I ended up using sheets by Sheridon. I know–how can I remember the name of the sheets  after all these years? To be honest I loved those sheets. I made a bedspread out of the same sheets and bought an extra set for my bed.  I even bought a matching wallpaper boarder. Back in the early 90’s I had to have everything match. The design we found in a book ended up having the wrong directions but we (my teacher and I) made it work. This first one was hand quilted.

First Quilt!

First Quilt!

This is the bed quilt I did later!

Queen size quilt

Queen size quilt

So this is the block I came up with. An elongated snow ball block with purple, yellow and green. Plus a few more colors. Some dyed fabrics mixed in with some batiks!

Top unquilted

Pieced top

They kind of look like striped eggs! LOL At least now I can machine quilt which I love to do. I personally think it belongs on the ugly bus (where it gets on to an unknown destination never to be seen again), but someone might like it!

snowball 3 snowball4

Check out the Quiltsy Team Blog on Etsy to see what other quilters came up with for this challenge. http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

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Chapter 6 : Something Old, Something New

Did you ever go to a flea market, Good Will or a quilt show and find pieced or appliquéd blocks grouped together but not in a quilt. They always seem so lost to me. Well for years I have been drawn to these poor unfinished blocks and really wanted to do something someday with some that I would purchase.

A couple of years ago I went back to Virginia to visit friends and attend the Williamsburg Quilt Show. I used to live there so it was like going home. I decided to drive because I knew I would be there for a week and I knew I would be sewing with my quilting friends. I picked up another quilting buddy on the way down and we had the car packed. We left some room in the car knowing we would be  attending the quilt show. Always good to bring an extra empty suitcase just in case. LOL

Set of 24 Appliqued Blocks!

Set of 24 Applique Blocks!

At the show I spotted these appliqué blocks. They were grouped together in a set of 24. Not often do you find a group with that many together and all the same block. One, I do not appliqué very well so I can appreciate when someone else does it. Two, they were my favorite color purple. Three, they were older blocks. I spotted these the third day of the show. I didn’t buy them. We went back to my friends house and sewed late into the night. I thought about those blocks all night. The next day we decided to skip the show and just sew on some lap quilts for charity. The following morning we were leaving to head back home. I never made it back to the show for those blocks.

A couple of days later when I was home I received a package in the mail. Guess what? It was my blocks. Yes I can say that now, my blocks. A friend saw me looking at them and bought them for me. I hate to see anything unfinished so this was my project for the next two weeks. Come up with something to put them in. With any older blocks you have a few stain spots on them. I was able to cut the blocks back to 10 1/2 inches with very little stain showing. I decided I needed a summer quilt and my design would be a simple Irish Chain pattern

#214-something old something new b

I went to the store and found some Indonesia Batik fabrics that I thought went pretty well with my 30’s blocks! I wanted to try something new. You are probably saying or thinking to yourself is she crazy to try something new with these beautiful hand appliqué blocks? To make it summer weight instead of using batting (even a low loft) I wanted a coverlet feel, so I used flannel in between my layers of fabric. Never having done something like this, it was a challenge. The flannel didn’t really stick to the cotton so I had to double my usage of pin basting. You see I don’t have a large overall machine, I was quilting this on my domestic machine. It came out pretty good. Only one little pinch in the back which I was able to fix.

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In the appliqué blocks I also wanted to outline the petals of each section and do a little swirl in the center. Now if this was hand quilted in the 30’s it would be just straight lines and outline the appliqué blocks. So I added something new. The name of this quilt as you can probably guess is  “Something Old, Something New”!

Irish Chain with Applique Blocks

“Something Old, Something New”

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