Happy Tuesday morning!
Hope you’re all set to start this week’s quilt using fabrics from the Northcott Banyan Batiks collection.
As I mentioned yesterday, this week’s quilt is inspired by the modern quilt trend. In yesterday’s post I talked about how it’s not quite ‘modern’ to use batiks in a modern quilt, it’s more of a guideline than a rule. You know what they say about rules; they’re made to be broken! I used batiks in modern quilts and will continue to do so, because I like batiks and I like modern quilting and with the right design together they make a beautiful quilt!
With the Northcott Banyan Batiks selected, we’ll make a marvelous modern quilt. Let’s go!
As I mentioned yesterday it’s important to note to pre-wash your batik fabrics. Although I found that the colors of the Northcott Banyan Batiks didn’t bleed much, it’s still a very good idea to pre-wash them.
Here’s a little piece of great-to-know information: as you are aware, most fabrics are typically 40” to 42” wide, the Banyan Batiks fabrics, with selvage, measure 44¾” wide! Therefore, you’ll have 44” of usable width. Those 2 to 4 extra inches will come in very handy.
Now, let’s begin cutting our fabrics!
The construction of this quilt is very much like a Log Cabin quilt block. Starting on one side of the center block, sew a strip to each side of the center block until you have 3 strips per side.
From the neutral Shadows fabric cut:
|4||19½” x 19½”||squares|
|5||18¾” x 18¾”||squares|
|4||10½” x 10½”||squares|
|4||4½” x 18¾”||strips for border|
|8||2½”||strips for binding|
Click the link to download a PDF diagram on how to efficiently cut fabric your Shadow fabric.
Here are 2 possible layouts that would work for this quilt.
When looking at the above photos, remember that these blocks will be cut in half diagonally; therefore their appearance will change a bit.
Here’s a look at what the 2 halves of block A will look like after the diagonal cut is made.
If using block A, we’ll have to remove a 2½” strip from the center of the block.
If we cut diagonally down the center of the block we’ll end up with little triangles affecting the block’s symmetry.
For the same reasons as with block A, we’d have to remove a 2½” strip. The 2 halves would then create a very symmetrical look.
Now, to decide which layout you’d prefer for your quilt top.
I’m using block A’s layout since I love using lots of colors in my quilts. Block B, naturally would be my 2nd option as there would be no 2 identical halves.
Click the link to download a pdf file containing the cutting instructions for all three blocks. When your fabrics are cut, feel free to start sewing the blocks together!
Note: DO NOT cut your blocks.We’ll talk about that in tomorrow’s post.
If you’re still unsure which fabrics you wish to use, I’d suggest that you check out the Northcott Banyan Batiks Collections, so much from which to choose!