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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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WIP ~ Trillium Flower

First take a macro photo of a  Trillium, then manipulate it in a photo shop program. OK I didn’t take this photo, my husband did, but he was willing to share.

Print out to the size you want your quilt to be, using any enlarger program that you have. Take a black magic marker and highlight the areas where the colors change. Get out your light box. Place your photo right side up and a piece of batting on top of that and  trace photo onto  your batting with a thin black marker.

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I took out my hand dyed fabric scraps and started cutting and placing them while referring to my photo.

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Don’t forget have your backing down first, then your marked batting, before you start placing your small scraps of fabric on top of the marked batting.

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Once all the pieces are in place, carefully take a piece of black tulle and place on top of your piece. Pin heavily into place.

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Last step is quilting then binding!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope to have this piece in my shop by Monday! Come on by and have a look ~ http://www.thebutterflyquilter.com

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WIP ~ An Idea That Is Taking Shape!

Going through my husbands photo’s it is easy for me to picture quilts of landscapes and nature. When he downloaded this photo on his website http://abeautifulsky.artistwebsites.com  I fell in love with this macro photo of a Viburnum.

Vibrant Viburnum

I love the texture of the leaf itself and wanted to get a large piece of fabric with the image on the fabric. I went to http://www.spoonflower.com and downloaded the image onto Organic Cotton Sateen because I love the shine on one side of this fabric.  I received it in the mail two days ago and it has been up on my design wall. The colors came out so much more saturated and true to the picture then when I had a photo done on Kona Cotton. This will be my choice of fabric when I choose to have a photo printed onto fabric.  The size of the fabric is 36 x 54.

A large piece but bright and beautiful.

I have an idea of what I want to do. To see how it might look  I went to my photo shop program and eliminated sections of the leaf,  this would be my cutting lines and 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I then have to decided if I want to quilt it in sections and connect the sections by hand dyed gauze or other fibers to make it look like little veins or piece it with white sashing  to make it look like it is floating from a distance.  The second thought  would be easier to do. I am always up for a challenge though!

Here is a photo of my idea.

Vibrant Viburnum

 One last thing to figure out is what direction someone would hang this. I think it could hang in any direction.

Please stop in an see what other wonderful quilters are working on ~ http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

For the month of July come see my Christmas in July Sale on my inspirational items! http://www.thebutterflyquilter.com

 

 

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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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Quiltsy Team Quilt #2

After finishing up the first quilt for our Team Quiltsy Project, I had some 6 1/2 inch blocks left over to start on the next.

I laid out some of the 4 1/2 inch and 6 1/2 inch left over blocks on my design board to see what design I could come up with.

First I took the left over 4 1/2 inch blocks and cut them down to 3 inches.

cut down to 3 inch square

cut down to 3 inch square

Take a 4 1/2 inch square of fabric. Cut in half and add on opposite sides from each other.

 Two ~ Four 1/2 inch square cut in half

Two ~ Four 1/2 inch square cut in half

Sew on large triangles on to each side.

Sew on large triangles on to each side.

Cut off excess white fabric. Then add two more triangle halves on to opposite sides.

cut off excess white fabric

cut off excess white fabric

Square the block up to 5 1/2 inches.

Square up block

Square up block

I then tried out different designs to decide what I might like.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI didn’t like this. The 6 1/2 inch block seem to over power the small four patch.

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This was cutting up the large 6 inch block to make sashing and setting on the diagonal.

After receiving a lot of blocks in the mail one day I changed my design again. This time I took the 6 1/2 inch block and cut a strip from both sides measuring 1.25 inches (to be used for sashing) and cut the center to a 3 inch square. The two other pieces I could make another 3 inch square!

So out of one 6 1/2 inch square ~ Two 3 inch squares and Two 1 1/4 inch strips of sashing! ( I like the smaller sashing size to go with the smaller four patch)

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Once I figured this out I started piecing as I received blocks in the mail. Once the deadline for blocks being mailed was met, June 7th and the last of the mail was picked up I got to work. I used some of the 4 1/2 inch blocks and just cut those down to 4 inches and added white around the edges to make 5 1/2 inch unfinished squares.

I again used some left over 6 1/2 inch blocks for the border.

Here is the ending design. I still have to make a lot of sashing from my stash but I like the way this looks.

Final Dessign!

Final Design!

Once this is finished it will be a  baby quilt size. I used every block sent to me. Nothing was left excepts some small scraps when I cut the blocks back to a smaller size.

Don’t forget when this quilt is done it will be available for purchase in our Quiltsy Team Store ~ https://www.etsy.com/people/QuiltsyTeam

 

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The Story Behind the Quilt ~ Raising Money for the PAWS

We had lost our last cat and the house was empty when I noticed the local animal shelter. I stopped in just to see what it was like. I have never been in a shelter before. PAWS was a no kill shelter in this area.  I decided to volunteer there a couple of mornings a week. I began to realize how much the shelter needed. I was a little shocked. The shelter lives on donations and times were tough in this little community with the Mill’s closing down and laying off their employee’s. People were dropping off their animals because they couldn’t feed them.

In Memory Of Patches and Tigger

In Memory Of Our Cats

If you have any animals in your life you know how much they mean to you and your family. To me they are family.  My husband was so afraid that I would start to bring them all home from the shelter! But as I fell in love with one or another, they would taken home by someone. My husband was safe for the time being.

Sold To Raise Money

Sold To Raise Money for PAWS

After volunteering at the shelter I knew I needed to do something to help bring in some much needed supplies and raise awareness that there was a shelter in the area. The question came up, “How could I raise some money for the shelter?” What do I have that I could sell? Quilts!

Sold To Raise Money For PAWS

Sold To Raise Money For PAWS

Years of quilting had left me with a few quilts. Well, OK lots of quilts. I went thru my stash of quilts, you know the ones that you wanted to try something new or the ones that you really didn’t like the way it turned out. Ones that have been folded and kept away and never used, those quilts.  I contacted the local Quilt Guild in the area and found out that there was going to be a quilt show in 6 weeks in the local area. I met with the committee and I paid for a booth/spot at the show. They were also kind enough to let me hang across from my booth two sections of quilts for sale and one special quilt. The special quilt was about my two cats who had passed and how I wanted to raise money for the shelter.

Sold To Raise Money for PAWS

Sold To Raise Money for PAWS

I went thru all my supplies and had a car full of stuff including stencils that I had not used in years. The kind that you mark your quilt with to free motion quilt. I had over 100 of these. OK I was a little obsessive about stencils. I used to machine quilt for a business. I also made 25 quilted paper back book covers to sell. One special quilt I decided to price really high thinking it would not sell. Little did I know it brought in the most because the buyer paid me $500 more than I had asked! I also sold some of my display pieces. I had an antique trunk that I had some of the quilts in. I had antique cups and saucers on a table on top of a quilt that a women insisted I sell! Which I did! I made sure that customers new that 100% of all the money went to the shelter.

Sold To Raise Money For PAWS

Sold To Raise Money For PAWS

While the show was going on I had a raffle quilt at the local Vet’s office selling tickets to raise more money and awareness that there was a local No Kill shelter in the area.

Raffled of to Raise Money for PAWS

Raffled off to Raise Money for PAWS

I was so happy when I handed a check over to the shelter with funds raised in this small community.

 I had to leave the shelter after that because I was becoming too attached with so many of the little ones and the older ones that I knew would live there for the rest of their lives.

I did walk out with one of my own though so my house is not empty anymore.

"Destiny"

“Destiny”

What can you do for your local shelter to raise awareness and money?

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WIP 2A ~ The Chickadee Tree

Part Two of my Chickadee Tree Quilt ~ If you missed the first part here is a link!

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/2014-wip-2-the-chickadee-tree

I  copied all my Chickadee photos onto fabric using my printer.  A couple of them didn’t print all the way because I ran out of ink.  I used these imperfect ones to try and figure out how I was going to do my threading of the birds.

 Medium weight tear away stabilizer worked the best after trying a couple of different methods. Hardly any puckering when done. I was able to iron my birds flat. Note the back ground of the photo does not have any thread at this point.

Just started Thread Painting

Just started Thread Painting

After 9 plus hours, all my birds where done.

Front and back view with stabilizer

Front and back view with stabilizer

Birds All Done

Birds All Done

Next step was to use a light heat n bond to the back of each photo/fabric sheet and to cut out the birds, not square but a soft curve leaving some of the back ground of the photo.  Before connecting the birds to the back ground dyed fabric,  I laid them all out.

Heat N Bond to back of photo after thread work

Heat N Bond to back of photo after thread work

Free form rotary cut around the birds

Free form rotary cut around the birds

I found a batik fabric that I liked for the branches then ironed on some light heat n bond to the back of the tree fabric batik.  I cut all the branches to connect the branches in the photo of that particular bird.  Time consuming but I like the effect.

Once a section of branches where bonded to the back ground dyed piece of fabric, I then bonded the birds on top of the branches.  My design plan changed, I just couldn’t cut up the back ground fabric. Just to beautiful!

Chickadee Quilt Top Done!

Chickadee Quilt Top Done!

I love the way this is coming along!

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