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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.

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#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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Making of the trees ~ Sunlight through the Trees Quilt

If you want to see how the background was done check out my last blog post ~

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/the-story-behind-the-quilt-sunlight-through-the-trees/

Time to make the trees for my quilt.

Just walking around in my yard I was able to take a lot of photos of different tree barks.

Different tree trunks

Different tree trunks

I decided on the white birch.

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I knew my trees where not going to be an exact replica of the photo trees but I just wanted to get some ideas about how I was going to make my bark on the trees.

Pulling out my scrap box I separated out all my light batiks. I also pulled out some white burlap. Burlap adds another texture element.

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I cut a thick strip of muslin for my foundation. I then cut out a strip of Mistyfuse and placed that on top. Placing different batik strips on top of the muslin and the Mistyfuse I heat set them in place using parchment paper over the top of the fabric just in case some Mistyfuse is not covered with fabric so it won’t stick to the iron.

Strip of muslin and a strip of Misty Fuse.

Strip of muslin and a strip of Misty Fuse.

My long tree trunk is all pieced and ready to add some texture. Carefully I bring it to my sewing machine.

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Using a variegated thread of tan to brown with my darning foot, feed dogs down, I use a zig zag stitch to give the trunk more dimension. I just go back and forth and not care about the stitch length to add to the visual effect I am looking for.

Free motion quilt with zig zag.

Free motion quilt with zig zag.

My last step at the sewing machine is to add some embroidery thread and pieces of small strips of twisted fabric to add even more texture to the tree trunk.

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Once I like the way it looks, I measure out my tree length and width to fit on my background piece. I mark the back of the trunk (or muslin side) with a pen and carefully cut along the line doing a little wobble–what tree trunk is perfectly straight?

Before I attach it to the background I want to add some shading to one side of the bark to give it a shadow effect. Taking out my shiva paints, I paint with a bronze first then a black lightly from the middle to the edge of my tree trunk. You can still see the fabric and the thread!

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I then take my background piece and add another strip of Mistyfuse and iron my trunk in place on top of the batting. When all the trees are done I will pin the top/batting onto a backing and quilt the background and outline the trees a little more.

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So far this is what it looks like. You can see a round piece of fabric that will be quilted as the sun with rays shooting out. Seven more trees to go!!

Follow along as I finish up in my next blog post!

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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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Story Behind the Quilt ~ Cat Face Mounted on Canvas

After taking some pictures of my cat I wanted to do another thread art piece with just her face. I sat and took some photos of her face when the sun came out. She is a Tortie and has so many different colors going thru her.

Original Photo

Original Photo

After downloading a new program that my husband wanted to use called Topaz Simplify 4, I changed her using one of the filter effects.

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See how soft she looks now. Like a painting! I also wanted to enhance her colors so they would stand out, so I fooled around with saturation and contrast and another setting in the photo program.

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Everything is enhanced! Love it.

I then printed out the photo onto a photo fabric sheet size 8×10. Then I used two layers of medium stabilizer and went at it!

I drop my feed dogs, put on my darning foot, and carefully go back and forth using small stitches to fill in each area with matching thread. This also gives the feel of fur if I do this in small strokes. I start in the middle and work my way out, changing the thread color often.

I left the black areas for last. I added my batting and went back to thread painting and filled in all the black. This gives it a little depth.

Her eyes didn’t come out the way I wanted them too. I tried different thread colors and finally I decided to just paint in on top of the thread the color I wanted her eyes to be.

Paint over thread!

Paint over thread!

Once she was done I steam ironed her flat and squared up the quilt. I then edged the piece with a satin cord of white with a white zig zag stitch so the edges where closed. I then used a heavy duty Heat N Bond and ironed it to the back of the piece. (Make sure that the Heat N Bond is the same size as the quilt or a touch smaller when you cut it out).  I painted the  canvas to mount her on Black. Once the paint dried  I ironed on the quilted piece to the canvas.  Last step was to paint her whiskers on the background canvas! She’s done!

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Story Behind the Quilt WIP ~ Best Friends

 I use to sell inspirational word quilts but stopped making them. Here is some photo’s of cards I carry made from those quilts I designed.

Inspirational word cards

Inspirational word cards

A customer of mine asked if I would be willing to make a set of special ones  for two eight year old girl friends. The words would be “Best Friends”. She sent me a special fabric that she purchase for the center of the quilts. The fabric is by designer Mary Engelbreit.

Fabric by Mary Engelbreit

Fabric by Mary Engelbreit

 I picked the little girls by the fence to use as the center of my word quilts. I went ahead and painted on the words “Best Friends” in a matching blue. I also decided to paint the girls clothing, hair and fence to draw you eye to the center of the quilt. I had some Riley Blake charm squares I just purchased from https://www.etsy.com/shop/Jambearies  that I used to do the small border around the girls.  I am going to appliqué different size hearts on the quilt using different colors from the charm pack.

Painted parts of the center

Painted parts of the center

 I have a wonderful variegated thread that I am going to use to quilt the background to add even more color.

I hope the little girls like it when they receive them. It is hard not to see someone’s reactions when they get a gift that I made.

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A quick update on the girls quilts! All done!

Best Friends!

Best Friends!

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My camera broke while taking these so they show a little blue! But they are on a white background fabric!

 

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WIP #3 ~ The Start of the Flower Garden

My new fiber art quilt is up and running. First I drafted out what I wanted my pieced background to be. To get perfect circles I use a compass.

New Art Quilt

New Art Quilt

I then scanned my  sketch onto my computer.  Using a program, I reverse the image and then enlarged the image to the size that I want my background to be. I then printed out about 20 pages and taped them all together. Once that was done I used freezer paper and traced the whole piece.  I made registration marks and numbered each piece so when I lay one piece on top of another I can match up the registration marks.

Freezer paper with marks

Freezer paper with registration marks!

Step one ~ I  carefully cut out each piece of freezer paper template and iron it on to the fabric with shinny side down.

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Step two ~ Cut the fabric 1/4  inch all around away from the freezer paper. This is your seam allowance.

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Step three ~ To sew template #1 onto template #2 I have to fold under one side of the fabric to the back of the freezer paper. I use template #2 to fold under and leave template #1 alone.  I clip every 1/2 inch of template #2 seam allowance then I brush on starch ( I have a small paint brush I use. Try not to get the freezer paper wet) and iron my seam allowance over to the paper side.  The starch makes the seam crisp.

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I use my light box and line up the pieces and pin it like crazy to keep it in place, lining up the registration marks.

Use light box to line up registration marks

Use light box to line up registration marks

I use monofilament thread with a small zig zag to connect the pieces.

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My background is finished. Now I am deciding on what flowers to put in my garden!

Background done

Background done ! Size is 40″ x 36″

I also wanted to add some butterflies to my quilt. When I came across Gail’s shop I saw some embroidered free standing lace butterflies. I  had to have these for my quilt. I just received them in the mail today and they are beautiful.  If you love free standing embroidery lace please check out her shop at ~  https://www.etsy.com/shop/quiltsewlace

Lace Butterflies from QuiltSewLace.etsy.com

Lace Butterflies from
QuiltSewLace.etsy.com

If you wish to see what some other wonderful quilters are working on this WIP Wednesday hop on over to ~ http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com

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