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Playing with 5 Banyan Batiks fat quarters to make a modern quilt

 

In my QUILTsocial posts fromMay 2 & 3, 2018, I showed you how to make some modern quilts using fat quarters from Banyan Batiks Feathers, Ketan  and Visual Sound collections.

 

Instructions for this modern quilt can be found in the QUILTsocial posts from May 2 and 3, 2018.
Instructions for this modern quilt can be found in the QUILTsocial posts from May 2 and 3, 2018.

 

This week, I’ll show you how to make a small wall quilt using 5 fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks Visual Sound collection in the Blue-Green colorway. The finished quilt is about 32″ x 29″.

This is a modern style using improvisational techniques, but don’t let that scare you off! Sometimes it’s fun to just “play” with the fabric and see what happens.

 

Modern quilt made with Banyan Batiks Visual Sound fabrics
Modern quilt made with Banyan Batiks Visual Sound fabrics

 

Here’s how you can make a quilt that’s similar to mine:

fabric

  • 4 fat quarters in coordinating colors for the main part of the quilt
  • 1 fat quarter for sashing and 1 fat quarter for binding

 

4 fat quarters from Banyan Batiks Visual sound in the blue/green colorway
4 fat quarters from Banyan Batiks Visual sound in the blue/green colorway

 

  • Stack the 4 coordinating fat quarters, one on top of the other, right sides up, and press. Pressing makes it easier to cut through the layers.
  • With a fabric marker, draw lines to divide the top fat quarter into 4 equal sections.

 

Draw lines to mark the fabric into quarters.
Draw lines to mark the fabric into quarters.

 

  • Draw diagonal lines about 1½” from the first lines.

 

Draw diagonal lines.
Draw diagonal lines.

 

  • Cut on the diagonal lines through all four layers.

 

Cut on the diagonal lines through all 4 fabrics.
Cut on the diagonal lines through all 4 fabrics.

 

  • Re-arrange the fabrics so you have 4 wonky Four Patch blocks with 4 different fabrics in each block.
  • Sew the pieces together to make 4 blocks. Each block will be about 17″ x 19″.

 

Re-arrange and sew the sections to make 4 Four Patch blocks.
Re-arrange and sew the sections to make 4 Four Patch blocks.

 

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how to re-cut these Northcott Banyan Batik blocks to make 4 more blocks. You’ll be surprised to see how easy it is to make these modern blocks!

 

Tomorrow's modern Four Patch block
Tomorrow’s modern Four Patch block

 

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: How do they add those lines in this modern quilt? Easy!

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

5 Comments

  1. Laura Sloan

    I love this fabric and what you’ve done with it. I’ve never done a wonky cut quilt before, but I think I might give this a try.

    • Go for it! It’s lots of fun.

  2. JoyceLM

    I love disappearing blocks – thanks for the great tutorial.

  3. Christi

    This is a great series. Lots of fun ideas.

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