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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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Story Behind The Quilt ~ “Sunset on the Lake” in winter

After my husband took this sunset photo of our frozen lake in winter,  I knew I had to do a quilt of it. I found this wonderful piece of dyed fabric at a quilt show that would be perfect for this project.

Photo by ~ abeautifulsky.com

Photo by ~ abeautifulsky.com

Printing an enlargement of the photo from my printer I could use this as my template and as my guide on where to place the rock formations in the ice as well as the tree lines. Pulling out my dyed pinks and red fabrics I adhered some light weight fusible web to the back.  I then used  my light box to trace the sunset clouds and ironed them in place onto my dyed background fabric. I did the same for my tree line using black batik fabric.

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The boulders and large rocks came next. I took a small piece of batting, and using my light box, I placed the batting on top of the photo and outlined the rocks actually marking my batting piece with black marker. I then cut small pieces of different grays and black batik fabrics and laid them in place.

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I always wash my fabrics when I get them and there is always these clumps or strings attached to the raw edges of the fabric. I have been cutting and saving these and wanted to use some white threads in my rock section.  I laid a few of these in different areas.

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I then placed a piece of tulle over the rocks to hold everything in place. I then quilted heavily over the outer rock edges and some lighter quilting in the rocks. Later I would be quilting the rocks with more definition once pinned in place on top of the quilt. Put this aside for now.

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Top half of quilt ~

Pinning my top into my three layers, backing, batting and top, I quilted the pink clouds in different colors of pink. I used strips of cheese cloth to add light clouds to make them look like they are floating. I pinned those in place with a few pins and carefully free motion quilted them down with white thread. Then I filled in the blue sky with a variegated thread. The trees were quilted in a variegated thread from white to black.

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Bottom half of quilt –

Once the top half was done, I carefully laid white, grey with a sparkle, and red tulle on the bottom half.  Some areas had one layer, sometimes two layers to make the ice look thicker. I also added some more of my white strings under the tulle to make it look like cracks in the ice. Pinning it all in place, I then free motion quilted the ice.

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The last thing I did was add my rocks. Carefully cutting the excess batting from my rock section, I sewed them into place on the quilt. Then I outlined the rocks with black thread to give them some definition.

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Once finished, I squared the quilt up and bound it and put a sleeve on it. I put a label with my name, date, and number of my quilt. It was a fun process and I loved the way it came out!

Sunset on the Lake

Sunset on the Lake

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The Story Behind The Quilt ~ Great Waas Island

I love nature. Any place we happen to move to or visit, we try to get out and see the sites. Here in Maine there are a lot of hiking trails to check out. Some we have to drive a distance to and others once you get there you have to hike a ways to get to the ocean.  Rocky Point at Great Waas Island is one of those places that you have to do both. Once you get to the trail head you have to hike anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour to make it to the coast. Once there you are mainly hiking on large pink granite boulders. It is a beautiful area. Of course you have to take your trusty camera with you or have a husband who is also a photographer! This was the photo I like the best from there.

Rocky Point at Great Wass Island

Rocky Point at Great Wass Island

Taking this photo I used my photoshop program and split the picture into three parts so that I could print off each page as an 8 x 10 image.

I will be making three separate quilts, one of each of these pages.

Fabric choices to go with the photo’s.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI have three 8 x 10 canvases that I will be mounting these on when done.

After piecing the sky fabric and the water fabric I wanted to add clouds to the sky. Taking a piece of paper and just tearing it across this edge and then using it as a guide is how I added some clouds to my sky. I use Shiva Paint sticks!

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Using my  light box, I work with one photo at a time and trace and cut out each section of fabric and then bond them into place on my background fabric.

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It looks rough right now but once I do the thread work on it, it will blend better and look more like rocks, ocean, and sky.

I cut my batting for the back 8 x 10 and center it–fabric will be hanging outside the batting. The reason for this is that my quilts will be wrapped around canvas and it is too bulky with the batting.

I then quilted the sky and thought I would like to add some white clouds.

After washing fabric the edges have these strands attached,  I have been cutting them off and saving  them.

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I take some of the white I have and place it on top of the sky area and quilt it down with a small zig zag stitch.

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Next is lots and lots of thread work. Making the trees was fun with a variegated thread that I have of olive green to dark green. I love thread!

On the rocks, I only used two colors of thread to blend all the background together. I use a small zig zag stitch with my darning foot and feeddogs down. Black thread was used last to outline some boulders to give a sense of realism to the rocks.

Once each quilt is done I decided to cut around the edges and add a black border. So I cut my piece to wrap around the top part of the canvas about half way and then added the black fabric. Had to do some measuring to make sure.

Front of quilt

Front of quilt

Back of quilt

Back of quilt

Each piece when hung together looks like the full picture.

Great Wass Island mounted on canvas

Great Wass Island mounted on canvas

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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.

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WIP #9 ~ Quilting the Abstract

I am almost finished quilting my newest abstract! Floating Planets is what I am going to name this one!

Pieced top!

Pieced top!

I wanted to try to do some different thread layering. Starting off with one color, adding another color then maybe one more. This is what I did with the circles.

Started off with the red thread, then added the yellow.

Started off with the red thread, then added the yellow.

Wasn't happy so added the orange thread! Looks better!

Wasn’t happy so added the orange thread! Looks better!

Started with large zig zag in red.

Started with large zig zag in red.

Added smaller zig zag in green and went into the green circle area to continue.

Added smaller zig zag in green and went into the green circle area to continue.

The flying geese section just matched the color of the thread to the color of the fabric.

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One of the orange circles used free form feathers!

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I might have it all done today if I keep my nose to the grindstone!

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WIP ~ Continue the “Cat on Quilt”

Now that my cat is done ~  https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/wip-cat-on-quilt-photo/

I have to piece my  background.  I ended up having to piece each of the  quilts like I would a regular quilt. At first I thought I would just heat n’ bond each piece into place but changed my mind and ended up piecing each quilt separately, then joining them together before attaching the cat to the background.

Full size printed out for background

Full size print of background

My fabric choices for the background quilts.

Fabrics

Fabrics

Two section of pieced background done.

Two sections of pieced background done.

another quilt pieced

last two sections pieced

Now that all the background quilts are done,  I had to figure out how to piece them all together.  I ended up laying them where I wanted them to go and took a water soluble  blue marker and marked them each in place. Cut each one out adding a 1/4 inch seam allowance and piecing them together in different steps.  Most were set in seams which are always fun!

Last was adding the cat which was pinned in place with a lot of pins then I  used a clear monofilament thread with a small zig zag stitch to sew in place. When I go to quilt the top I will add more threading around the edges of the cat. 

Original Photo

Original Photo

Finished Top

Finished Top

With left over pieces of the pieced small quilts that I cut off to square up the quilt,  I was able to cut them up into strips and made the outer border with them. You can see pieces of the log cabin blocks and star blocks.

    I plan on quilting her this week.  Each of the quilts will be quilted like I would a quilt top with its own design.

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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!

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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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