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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.

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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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Inspirational Word Quilts Revisited!

I had made a decision not to do anymore word quilts but I seem to keep getting requests for them. After thinking about it I designated the month of July to do a new design of them. Only this month will I be making them! I have been mounting  a lot of my smaller quilts on canvas and thought why not put four words on a quilt, mount it on to canvas so that you would be able to rotate them. Which ever way you hang the canvas that is the word for the day, week or month. Using my Shiva Paint Sticks I stenciled on four words that I felt would work well together. Gratitude, Serenity, Joy and Love. I am working on a wellness set also.

Stencils and shiva paint sticks

Stencils and shiva paint sticks

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One thing I had to think about was a design that was not directional. When you rotate the canvas it would not matter. These are the first three.

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On my wall is a large size inspirational word quilt I am working on. Instead of Shiva Paint sticks I am using Pebeo Setacolor Fabric Paints. I just put enough paint on the stencil brush and then dabbed at the stencil with it. It gives the words a more painted look that I like a lot. It took me a while to get 21 words done. A few mistakes along the way but thats OK. I then decided to just put together different size blocks and strips to form a 14 1/2 inch unfinished block. I need 9 blocks to make the quilt. I have 5 done!

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Here are a few of the blocks done. I think it looks like a modern design.

 

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My hope is to have this one and a couple of other quilts mounted on canvas done this month. Don’t forget celebrating Christmas in July on Etsy.

If you would like an inspirational word quilt mounted on canvas just go to www.thebutterflyquilter.etsy.com  to purchase from my shop!

 

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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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WIP Wednesday ~ Team Shop Quilt #2 Sashing and Borders

If you want to see how it has been going with our team shop quilt check out here how it began!

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/wip-wednesday-first-quiltsy-team-group-quilt/

At the end of each sashing strip I added a  1 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch of white fabric.

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I took a 6 1/2 inch size block that I received and took out the seam in the middle so I would have two 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 sections.

Full block 6 1/2 inch square

Full block 6 1/2 inch square

Two pieces each 31/2 x 6 1/2

Two pieces each 3 1/2 x 6 1/2

I then added a section to the end of each finished pieced row.

Add halve section to end of each row.

Add halve section to end of each row.

This is actually the border. So when you sew your rows together the border is already added on! The only border row you need to piece is the top and bottom border row.

So far it is coming along. It is taking a little bit longer than I thought but so worth it. Love all the bright colors!

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Remember this quilt will be for sale when it is all finished and quilted in our Quiltsy Team Etsy Store!

So far I have received 60 envelopes in the mail! So fun getting them from Ireland, Canada, Lithuania and the U.S.

Hop on over to check out what other quilters are doing on my Quiltsy Team Blog ~ http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

 

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WIP Wednesday ~ First Quiltsy Team Group Quilt

I love doing group quilts.  There is always a challenge on what to do with the blocks. Well, since I was the one that suggested the group quilt all I can do is smile as I receive the blocks in the mail. It is so much fun running to the post to pick up envelopes from someone you never met and open them up. Everyone has a different perspective about what is bright and what is colorful! This is the first quilt (I think there may be two at least) that I designed around 4 patches.  Everyone that wished to  participate was asked to send 2 different size 4 patches ~  One measuring 6 1/2 unfinished and one measuring 4 1/2 unfinished. I sat down and made one myself to figure out a design I would like. I had a design in mind, then scratched the whole idea and came up with this one instead. I already love how it is looking with only 4 sets of blocks!!!

First the small four patch measuring 4 1/2 square.

Small four patch

Small four patch

Add a 1 1/2 inch strip to all sides! I used Kona Bay White.

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Next take you 6 1/2 inch unfinished block and cut it up into four 1 1/2 inch strips!
There will be a little center left over that needs to be discarded. I know it was hard to cut up a block but it will add to the quilt!

6 1/2 inch unfinished block

6 1/2 inch unfinished block

Cut into 1 1/2 inch strips

Cut into 1 1/2 inch strips

These strips will be the sashing between the blocks! I will be putting in a white square of fabric between the sashing. Did I tell you this is a scrappy quilt! I already love the look of this! Will be posting photo’s as I go along. Next week I will tell you how I am using some of the 6 1/2 inch unfinished blocks for the border!

On the design wall!

On the design wall!

This quilt when done will be available for sale in our Team Shop! Here is the link to our shop! ~ https://www.etsy.com/people/QuiltsyTeam

If you would like to see what other quilters are working on hop on over to ~ http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

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WIP 10 ~ Piecing on a Slight Curve

My newest quilt is done by piecing on a slight curve.

I forgot I had bought a couple of black and white cotton prints.

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I wanted to add some color. Pulled out my scraps of hand dyed fabric.

Dyed fabric and batik scraps are the only ones I seem to keep!

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This is how I piece a small curve in my blocks.

Start with two strips of fabric. Any size strip that you want.

Always cut a little bit extra for length if you know about what size you would like the finished block to be.

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Lay on piece on top of the other over lapping a 1/4 of an inch or more.

**Right sides facing up on both pieces!

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Take your rotary cutter and just make a small curve cutting thru where both pieces overlap.

Should look something like this!

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Now take the top piece place onto of bottom piece RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER and sew you 1/4 inch seam. Matching fabric edges while sewing.

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Once you have as many as you like sewn together, iron the block.  It will not be square at this point.

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You can make a bunch of blocks and sew them together this way after you square them up.

I wanted to add a piece of dyed fabric thru the center.  I did not square up the block at this point.  First I cut the block in a straight line somewhere on one edge or the other. Then sew a piece in the center of the block.

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Once this is done I iron again and then square up the block to the size that I  wanted.

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This is what I have so far.

I like to play with them for a day before I sew them all together.

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If you would like to see what some other quilters are up to hop on over to ~ http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

Stop on over to my shop if you get a chance to see some of my other quilts!

 Thebutterflyquilter.com

 

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