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How to choose a quilt design for fabric too beautiful to cut into

I’m back and ready to show you how to not be intimidated by beautiful fabrics. If you’ve been following along this blog post, yesterday I cut up all the lovely pieces of the Banyan Batiks Kayana Autumn Collection and am ready to begin a beautiful table runner project that can be done in a weekend. I bet you didn’t have any time to feel intimidated as I made you cut the fabric out of the main piece without really knowing where they would go in the project.

 

Ready to begin this beautiful table runner project that can be done in a weekend?

 

That’s one thing I truly love about this Kayana collection. Not only are the various fabrics beautiful on their own. But! The main piece featuring a gradation in the colorway from selvage to selvage is absolutely fabulous. Seeing this kind of fabric can sometimes overwhelm us as quilters.

So that’s why I decided to come up with an easy design giving the fabric front and center stage. We automatically think that the fabric is so beautiful that we couldn’t dare cut it. But this project is quite the opposite. At first there’s a huge piece that keeps the gradation levels as is. And then using some squares that have been fussy cut out of sections of the fabric to make solid – ish squares to use inside the project.

Intimidating no more!

Now that all the pieces are cut, let’s get right into making the main six blocks.

Grab all the A and B pieces and arrange to form six blocks with your favorite color arrangement. Ensure that the color variation is strong enough to actually see the design of the blocks.

 

Grab all the A and B pieces and arrange to form six blocks while ensuring that the color variation is strong enough to actually see the design of the blocks.

 

Now sew the three B squares together as established in the arrangement. Begin by sewing two B squares together, pressing the seams toward the darker fabric.

 

Begin by sewing two B squares together, pressing the seams toward the darker fabric.

 

Then sew the third B square to the piece, again pressing  the seams toward the darker fabric.

 

Then sew the third B square to the piece, again pressing the seams toward the darker fabric.

 

Once I have the six pieces, sized 2½” x 6½”, I’ll sew the A rectangles on each side of the pieces ensuring the right color combination. Don’t forget to trim if needed to ensure the final block size is 6½”.

 

Sew the A rectangles on each side of the pieces ensuring the right color combination.

 

Great work! See how easy it is to enjoy playing with the beautiful fabrics of Banyan Batiks Kayana Autumn Collection without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed! Now come back tomorrow when I’ll show the importance of color alignments.

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Falling in love with Banyan Batiks Kayana autumn fabric collection

Married with three young boys, Claire Haillot shares her passion for quilting among her neighbors in the United States and Canada as well as her cousins in France. Claire has been active in the quilting industry since 2004. At first, she opened a quilt shop and started to teach, write how-to guides and translate patterns and product information into French for American companies. In 2006, she started her own line of patterns and later began publishing patterns and articles in Canadian, European and American magazines. You might have seen some of her work in Quilter’s World, Pratique du Patchwork or Canadian Quilter. She decided to close her brick & mortar quilt shop in 2016 to be able to concentrate more on teaching, writing and creating. She collaborated with PlumEasy patterns to launch the Dancing Diamonds and Gem bag patterns. Claire has also won a few awards for her work: • Juror’s choice at the Salon 2012 for her quilt Thomas goes fishing • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival of 2014 for her quilt Bienvenue • Second Place in Salon 2016 for her Lone Star quilt, and • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival 2016 for her quilt Remembering Sotchi. Her quilt Remembering Sotchi will be part of the Special Exhibit "A Celebration of Color" at the Quilt Festival in Chicago and Houston in 2018.

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