Flower Power quilt by Tenar

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Top Assembled
Started:
2012-12-11T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

I won a set of fabric the other year which I have never been able to work out what to do with, as it's so far from my usual style.  The other day I came up with the idea of that well-known technique for rescuing an ugly fabric: cut kaleidoscope pieces, aka Stack and Whack.  I haven't cut a thing yet, but I have been able to create rather nice mock-ups using the computer.  The quality isn't great, but it definitely gives you some idea.  It would come out at 63" finished, a good size for a sofa quilt or child's quilt.  What do you think, folks?

Update 21/12/12: I've cut the pieces from the geometric print, which was a more fiddly job than anticipated.  I certainly wouldn't want to do this by slicing through eight layers at once, as it was hard enough to get the pieces cut correctly when I was marking them up individually.  It's looking very promising, and I'm excited about the next fabric.

Update 25/12/12: I've cut all the pieces except for the black pieces for the front.  Don't be fooled by the photo - that's showing everything placed against the backing.  Everything will look smaller and neater once it's sewn, of course, as there are seam allowances everywhere.  I am currently contemplating using the turquoise for binding, as I still have plenty of that left over.

Update 02/08/13: The top is completed.  I'm going to put it away for the foreseeable future, as this quilt doesn't have a recipient in mind, I don't find it particularly interesting, and there are other quilts I want to get started on.

Pictures

Computer mock-up
Computer mock-up for centre star
Computer mock-up for star from geometric print
Computer mock-up for border corner
Geometric stars with seam allowances
Geometric mini star with seam allowances
Fabrics cut but not yet sewn

Loves

Dzirin

Comments

True

I love this fabric! Different for me as well but really fun and great colors. And I love the pattern you have created for it this will be a gorgeous quilt!

Tenar

I know, I've gone from "bleh, horrible prints" to "can't wait to get started" in three days! I'm currently thinking of getting a big black flat sheet to use for the top and backing. I've found Egyptian cotton with a thread count of 180 or 200, and am contemplating whether it's worth getting a bigger sheet than I need, as it's only a pound more and then I would have oodles of black fabric, which is always handy. The only snag would be cutting it down, but since I imagine I won't wash it before using it in this quilt (you're not meant to prewash fabrics for a Stack and Whack in case of distortion, and you're not meant to mix prewashed and non-prewashed fabric in a quilt, they say), it'll be easier to cut it up while it's still folded up from the packet, as I did when using that super king size flannelette sheet for my design wall.

Mymble

love it- it's an amazing design!

Janquilter

I have never tried a "stack and whack" but I have seen some wonderful quilts made that way. This is going to come together beautifully.

Clairealex

I did one stack and whack, and after fiddling to get the layers exactly on top of each othr, it was pretty easy. I love the variety you gt from the same fabric; and I think your combined fabrics will make a nice variation. But I gotta tell ya, when I saw the first fabric, I thought that was the design for the quilt using strip piecing and white. I think that would be fun, though not a solution for your winnings. Have fun!

twistedandloose

WOW. It's beautiful and I really love the colors.

Terryt1955

Yes, yes, yes! Love it against the black. Go for it!

Tenar

I plan to! A huge piece of black fabric (ordinary quilting cotton, I didn't go for a sheet in the end) is on its way. Next question: to prewash or not to prewash? You're not meant to prewash for a stack and whack, and it would certainly make it all easier to deal with, but I am faintly nervous that I could end up with uneven shrinkage after washing if I don't prewash. What do you think?

Tenar

Waah. I prewashed the fabric, as I don't want colour runs or weird shrinkage. I used a colour catcher. The whites in the fabric have come out a bit greyish, particularly on the geometric print. Do I really have to use black batting for this quilt? It'll look awful under the light bits of fabric, and I've happily used cream batting in a mostly dark quilt before.

Jenniesthreads

This is going to be stunning - go for a good quality natural batting and it shouldn't beard, so you won't know any different!

Sewnsew

It's going to be fabulous!

Tenar

Thank you! The current plan for batting is Hobbs Polydown. The fabric looks better over white than over cream, and I've never had any bearding with the poly battings I've used. Plus it's cheap, doesn't shrink, and is relatively puffy so will show up the stitching nicely. I have a set of perle #8 threads put aside in shades of blue, green and purple, which will show up nicely using big stitch quilting. Of course, I'll have to train myself to use a bigger stitch size as well, but hey, this is all about challenges and learning new techniques.

Today I think I will cut up the border print, which will be a quick easy job. I'll also cut the massive piece of black into two pieces, clear my design wall of the elephant fabric and its thirty-odd hangers on, put up the black backing piece, and start arranging fabrics on top of it. Much less work than yesterday, but an important part of the process, and my hands could do with a break.

Tenar

The mini star is from leftovers, incidentally, and I think they'll be 2.5" triangles once the seam allowance is in. I should probably just turn it into a small block with black behind it and use it for practice, and then perhaps turn the leftovers into a cushion or something later on. I'm still contemplating whether or not to do any piecing on the back - it wouldn't exactly be fun to hand-quilt through, but it could look nice.

Sewnsew

Tenar Marking out the distance between your stitches using your favourite method. Tiger Tape may be helpful. If you can't find it at your lqs, it is commonly available online. http://www.oldmadequilts.com/products/tiger_tape_prods.html

Sewnsew

Oops! I mean mark out the distance, not marking. lol

Tenar

I tried making my own version of tiger tape once, funnily enough, and found it completely unusable. It made the quilt too stiff to pleat appropriately. I have a sample sandwich made up with a diagonal grid drawn on it, which I fish out occasionally for trying out new types of thread and so forth. I'll probably try marking up a couple of lines on that, using an ordinary ruler, and then see how it works out. I'll need to find a stitch length that I can do naturally, since obviously I won't be marking up every line I sew!

Tenar

I tried making my own version of tiger tape once, funnily enough, and found it completely unusable. It made the quilt too stiff to pleat appropriately. I have a sample sandwich made up with a diagonal grid drawn on it, which I fish out occasionally for trying out new types of thread and so forth. I'll probably try marking up a couple of lines on that, using an ordinary ruler, and then see how it works out. I'll need to find a stitch length that I can do naturally, since obviously I won't be marking up every line I sew!

Tenar

I got somewhat stalled by all the pieces of black fabric I have to mark up and cut, but I've nearly finished doing that now. Unfortunately I ran out of black fabric, and the second piece I bought is a slightly different black. Do you think that's likely to matter?

Katisquilting

I really love the colors and the blocks look striking against the black fabric. The turquoise binding will nicely frame the quilt! Can't wait to see it!

Tenar

The quilt top is finally complete! It turns out that it really does matter that I used two different blacks, but I'm beyond caring by now. I don't plan to finish it in the near future, it's going to be put in a box while I get on with other projects instead.

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