Yesterday, we prepared a lovely piece of waffle weave cotton to make a lightweight, yet cozy, throw that I’ve dubbed a quiltowel. Essentially it’s a cover up.
It’s a perfect companion for an afternoon of reading or dreaming lakeside.
First, we’re going to determine the width of the waffle weave. Mine measured 56″ once it was washed and hemmed.
For the top band, I cut four 12½” blocks in a series of soft chambray prints, found not in the quilting section of my fabric store, but in the garment making area. In addition, I cut four 5″ x 12½” long strips. These will act as a border sashing to frame either end of top band.
For the bottom band, I cut several 12½” blocks in random prints and tones. I cut some in quarters and some in halves, and then played around with the piecing arrangement until I had a wide enough band to fit the bottom edge. While piecing, take care to press the fabric seams to one side, and on to the darker side so the seam doesn’t show through the front.
Fun Fact: Chambray refers to any fabric that is woven with a white weft and colored warp. In fashion, it’s a nice compliment to the more twill-like weave of denim. For me, chambray always seems to invoke summer. Back in the ’70s, I had a vast collection of chambray shirts and peasant blouses that saw me through all kinds of summer adventuring. The more those beloved garments were washed and hung on the line to dry in the sun, the more faded and soft they became. Bliss.
Finding an array of printed chambray made it the only choice for my Day at the Lake cover. But fabric randomness will work just as well. After all, it’s just plain fun to raid the scrap basket to create the top and bottom bands.
All this cutting was made easier with a 12½” square quilting ruler. I like rulers in specific sizes because they take the chore out of cutting and measuring, especially when using wide width fabrics or making sure those orphan blocks are going to be usable in your new project.
Keeping the 12½” square blocks as your guide, just piece random scraps together until you’ve got a 56″ wide band.
When you’ve done the cutting, and pieced the bottom band, cut batting and backing to match the finished bands. Clip together with Clever Clips and set aside.
Tomorrow, we’re going to piece some pretty, classic Dresden plates to decorate the top band.
See you then.