With the cool fall breeze in the air, there’s no better time to stitch up a fun and easy disappearing 9 patch quilt to snuggle under, especially when using the gorgeous new dynamic Banyan Batiks Baralla collection.
I confessed in a previous blog post I really wasn’t a big fan of batiks, but oh, how my tastes and opinions have changed since I discovered Banyan Batiks! Overnight, I became a Banyan Batiks fan when I fell in love with the graphic, neutral palette of their Banyan Classics Collection. In a previous QUILTsocial post, I wrote about the collection and an easy beginner Rail Fence quilt I created.
Well, I was practically drooling over each of the 7 colorways of the new Banyan Batiks Baralla Collection and found it very difficult to decide which colors and prints to choose for my project this week, a quick and easy disappearing 9 patch quilt, which is a terrific quilt for a beginner, or for those who need a refresher after a time away from sewing.
It was even more challenging to make some decisions as I was restricted to what fabrics and how much I could have. With such beautiful prints and rich colors, I can understand why demand has been good. The Banyan Batiks Baralla Collections made its debut last month, so be sure to visit your local quilt shop right away so you don’t miss out!
Though I’m walking you through the steps to create this quilt, I’m a firm believer in taking one’s own artistic creative control, so you’ll have to make some decisions along the way. Yes, you can make the quilt exactly as I do, or, you can play around and experiment, so you create your own unique creation. I’d love to see photos whichever way you decide!
To make this quilt, you’ll need ½ yard of 9 different fabrics for the blocks and 3½ yards for the backing. The quilt finishes approximately 54” x 72”.
For this quilt I chose the following:
From the Crimson Red palette
- ½ yard 80311-25
- ½ yard 80315-12
- ½ yard 80315-24
- ½ yard 80316-12
- ½ yard 81000-649
From the Emerald Red palette
- ½ yard 80310-34
From the Pink Slate palette
- ½ yard 80312-26
- ½ yard 80313-28
- ½ yard 81000-137 (which is also a selection in the Crimson Red palette)
Quilt Backing Fabric
For the quilt backing fabric, I chose 3½ yards of 81000-649 from the Crimson Red palette, which was the same fabric I chose for the center squares of my blocks, as well.
There are many fabulous choices of batting on the market today, but a favorite of mine and of my longarm quilting business customers, is 80/20, which is 80% cotton blended with 20% polyester. The cotton provides warmth, softness and breathability, while the polyester provides stability, which is great as I actually use my quilts and routinely wash and dry them. Like a fine wine, they just get better with age.
Batting should be cut a minimum 2” wider than your quilt top on all sides. Your quilt top should finish approximately 54″ x 72″, so a package of Fairfield Quilter’s 80/20 Batting 72” x 90” for example, will be more than enough, and give you some leftovers for future projects. Bonus!
Join me tomorrow when I’ll have some fun cutting out the beautiful Banyan Batiks Baralla fabrics for this quick and easy quilt! From which color palettes will you choose?