How do they add those lines in this modern quilt? Easy!

Yesterday I showed you how to use 4 fat quarters fromBanyan Batiks Visual Sound collection to make 4 improv blocks. Today, you’ll be cutting the blocks again to create another new block. Here’s how to get started:

  • Stack the pieced blocks, one on top of the other, right sides up, and press.
  • Cut these blocks into 4 sections with diagonal cuts. You’ll be cutting each section of the block approximately in half.

Re-cut the blocks with diagonal cuts.

  • Re-arrange the sections to make 4 new blocks.
  • Leave 1 set of pieces unsewn for now. Sew the remaining sections together to make 3 new blocks.
  • Square-up the outside edges. Each block will be about 15″ x 20″. Set these blocks aside for now as you add sashing strips to the unsewn pieces.

Your new modern quilt block

  • From the sashing fat quarter (I used green #80027-52 from the Visual Sound collection), cut strips 1½” x WOF (approximately 21″). You should get 11 – 1½” strips. These will be sashing strips for the remaining unsewn block.
  • Sew the sashing strips between each of the sections of the block. Trim the outside edges as required.

Sew sashing strips to the sections.

Sew on the last set of sashing strips.

  • Now sew 1½” green strips around the outside edge. You’ll have to sew some strips together to get the right length. This will be the inner border.

Sew on the inner border strips.

  • For the outside border, cut 3 – 5″ strips from 2 of the remaining pieced blocks.
  • Sew on 2 of the 5″ strips for the side borders, trimming as needed.
  • For the top and bottom borders, you’ll have to sew 3 strips together, end to end. From this long strip, cut 2 strips long enough to make the top and bottom borders.
  • Sew on the top and bottom borders, trimming as needed.
  • Your quilt top should now measure about 28½” x 32½”.

Sew on the outer border strips.

Using the fat quarter set aside for binding, cut 2½” x WOF strips to use for binding.

Now your Banyan Batik improv design is ready to quilt and finish with the binding.

You’ll still have 1 pieced block left. This would make a great little table topper or add more borders and make another modern, improvisational wall quilt.

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you another way to use it – as a background for some fusible applique!

The remaining pieced block can be used as a background for fusible applique.

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go to back part 1: Playing with 5 Banyan Batiks fat quarters to make a modern quilt

Go to part 3: Creativity with a leftover Banyan Batik block

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Michele T January 8, 2019 - 9:59 pm
Well, isn’t that the coolest and easiest way to change the look of a block and quilt!! Thanks!!
Jean Boyd January 10, 2019 - 8:29 am
You are welcome Michele. Glad you liked this technique. It can also be adapted to other size blocks!
Delaine July 7, 2018 - 8:04 am
What an interesting way to change up a block. Thanks for the tutorial!
Anna brown July 7, 2018 - 12:23 am
Ty I really enjoyed this.....very
Roxanne July 6, 2018 - 4:54 pm
Great tutorials!
Kathy Marie Boice July 6, 2018 - 2:46 pm
QUILTSocial inspires us to get creative with our quilts! Thank you!
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