Small batik squares, which are available in packs at a lot of different quilt shops, were used to make this quilt. All of these were cat-themed squares.
Each kitty square measures 4 inches on a side, and I formed a type of Pinwheel Block out of it by surrounding it with other squares and half-square triangles (called Eccentric Star).
After that, I created a number of patches consisting of half-square triangles by using the colors that were present in the background of the kitty squares.
At first, I intended to use the half-square triangles for one of the borders, simply encircling the center of the pattern with them.
Nevertheless, I made an error in calculating how many patches I would require, and I ended up with several extras. I made the decision to keep utilizing them as part of the border rather than putting them away in my stockpile.
It created a Flying Geese effect in that border, which I call Broken Geese. This effect was created by placing a solid blue strip in between the rows of half-square triangles and using patches of the same color on the other side of the solid blue.
Since I couldn’t come up with a satisfactory strategy for aligning the Broken Geese in the corners, I devised the cornerstones as a means of filling in the gaps. The entire quilt is themed around feline companionship, from the birds (the geese) to the mice in the very corners, the fish blocks that surround the mice, and the pinwheels, which provide unrivaled amusement for felines.
After determining the size of the cornerstones, I needed to make the border wider; this is how the diamonds of purple color came to be. The quilt was supposed to be framed by the black border that went around the outside.
- Every piece of fabric in this quilt was hand-dyed. Despite the fact that I hold a special place in my heart for this quilt, it often serves, as an illustration, to illustrate why it is essential to remove all of the dye before piecing the quilt together. When this quilt is wet for the third time in a row, even more of the blue and purple colors seep into the neighboring patches and onto the backing fabric.
- If there had been more time spent on planning, certain aspects of the project would have been different. On the other hand, because I don’t plan things out very well, I frequently find that this forces me to be more creative in order to find solutions to the issues that arise.
- If you place a quilt on a bed, your cute cat will undoubtedly investigate it:
Bonus: Trouble with Batik Fabric Bleeding?
I have been rinsing this piece in cold salted water over and over, but the color is still leaking through it. “I found a beautiful piece of purple on royal blue with elephants and camels, but the color is still leaking through it. Could you suggest an appropriate way to guarantee that the batik fabric will not bleed when it is used in a quilt so that it can be used without risk?
My Answer: In all honesty, if it were me, I’d wash it in warm water first. (They melt the wax by rinsing it in very hot water, so the water that comes out of your washing machine should be fine.) In addition to that, there is a product known as Synthrapol that was developed particularly for this objective. It is possible that you will be able to find it at a quilt shop due to the increasing number of quilters who hand-dye fabric. Or, you can buy it online from Dharma Trading Co., where it is available: http://www.dharmatrading.com/chemicals/
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