Batik Modern Squares by Terryt1955

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
1 + 2 quilt
Status:
Constructing Top
Started:
2013-01-26T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:

Description

I bought these batiks last year with the intention of making a quilt for one of my daughter's boyfriend. They've been going out for 6 years so he really is like family. He has taken a 2 year assignment in Austin and is hating every minute of it. Hopefully this quilt will cheer him up!These are by no means my colors but they suit him very well.
 
I found this pattern while cruising on Pinterest and it's called the "1 + 2 Quilt" because it calls for 1 Layer cake and 2 yards of background material. I used my handy dandy 10" template to turn my yardage into layer cakes and decided on black backgound to make it more manly and because he recently acquired a black lab puppy to help him fight off his homesickness. He and "Louie" can snuggle on the couch while watching football games.
Adding another column and played around with block placement with the help of my daughter. She wanted more emphasis on the tans and less on the dark greens. Glad I had extra blocks to play around with! She also decided on the backing fabric so I hope I'll be able to locate it tomorrow at the shop I bought it from. It's so much easier to play around with the block placement when you have a helper! Now if only she would get excited to learn how to do the other quilty stuff.

01/31/13 Finished the top last night so on to basting. All my safety pins were being used on my Hanging Gardens quilt so I had to finish that quilting first!

01/31/13 Started the quilting tonight and decided to do something different than my standard straight line or diagonal lines. But I am stumped. I thought a wavy line pattern would give it a vine like feeling and be in keeping with all the earthy batiks.Now I'm having second thoughts........
 
02/09/13 Quilt has arrived in Austin and is being "christened" by man and his pup.

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Jschlender

Comments

True

Love this for a guy...great pattern and fabric and how kind. Moving to a new place is always so hard...and a new puppy now love that part!

Terryt1955

Thanks True and Carolmarie ! I am trying to get this done by next Thursday when she goes out to visit him. Wish me luck!

True

Terryt1955 You will do it!!! And what a great surprise:-)

Jschlender

I am sure he is going to treasure this as he cuddles under this with his new pup!

Terryt1955

Jschlender Thanks! I'll have to make sure he takes a picture of little Louie making himself at home on "his" quilt as I know he will take it over.

True

Cannot wait to see this done...and guess that was one way to get the Hanging Gardens one done;-)

Terryt1955

True I was thinking the same thing...if I baste a quilt I've been dragging my feet on then I can't get too much further on a new project with out the pins. I feel like I bought so many pins already that I can't buy any more!

Strandkorbtraum

I would say - leave it as it is ... I like how they pop up and vanish and pop up again. And I don't think any denser quilting woudl change that, I mean you would have to use a dark colour to show up on the batics - and then those veines would vanish in the black squares ...

Sbbquilter

This is a lovely quilt- batiks and clean lines are my favorites. One consideration is how thread intense you want the quilt - I put more quilting on a piece that will hang from the wall as the body it gives the quilt helps keep it in shaoe. If it is meant to be used, I think about how well it will drape or wrap around a napping person so usually put in enough quilting to keep the quilt in shape but still keep it supple. Final thought is the recipient - my boys would not notice the specifics of the quilting, just love the quilt to wrap up in.

True

Before I read your update I looked at the pictures and I LOVE how you have quilted it and think it works beautifully for this quilt! And now I have read your comments think it works even better. I would leave as is as it works IMHO and in real life vines to move in and out of view as they weave themselves and grow so I agree with Leo that I like how they seem to come and go. I think you and I share the same issue around learning to like alternative ways of quilting...I always struggle when I try to branch out from my "usual"! And LOL about pins I always feel like I have so many...but then seem to need more!

Laweigel

I love this! And, I could not figure out why it was distressed as l thought how great that you had it all done and quilted! I really like the wavy lines.

Rebecca

Another vote for really liking it how it is! I really like the batiks with the black!

Jodyrose

I think you should put a few more lines in to fill the space ...echo what you have and maybe vary them a bit? The other idea is to turn the quilt and have the same wavy lines going the other direction, that would echo the "squares" and give you more texture. I would put a practice ;piece on the machine and stitch it out first, (I hate to FROG stitch) and see what you think! Good luck, its a really nice piece!

Stamdl

I will say first that I'm not a fan of dense quilting on something that doesn't hang on a wall or lay on a table.

So, I love how you have quilted this! I like how the thread pops on the black and then is hidden in those pretty batiks. I would leave it just like it is!

Sewzalot

I love it the way you have it quilted now! Batiks are such rich smooth fabrics and so nice to pet. I would like to pet it the way it is!! It will be fun to see what you decide. :)

Terryt1955

Thanks SO MUCH everyone for your feedback! It was very helpful!!!
I'm going to leave as is because I do want it supple and it is for a young man who knows squat about whether it is quilted loosely or densely and why. ( Sewzalot , True , Stamdl , Sbbquilter , Rebecca , Strandkorbtraum , Laweigel , Jodyrose )

Sewnsew

All he will know is you made an awesome quilt for him! That makes the quilting absolutely perfect. I think it looks fabulous just as it is.

Terryt1955

Sewnsew Thanks for your kind words. I think he's going to be very happy that he finally got a quilt.

True

Love it finished and love the new pics...what a gorgeous dog!! I bet he loved it...I used your wavy line idea in quilt I am working on today so thanks for inspiration!

Sewnsew

They both look like they are enjoying it very much!

Sewzalot

Awwww I love the new picture! Handsome young man and pup!

Jess

Aw, such a cute story and dog! It looks like they both enjoy it. :)

Laweigel

The picture just shows why its so gratifying to make quilts! I think they both love your quilt!

Terryt1955

Laweigel So true. I love seeing pictures of them being used by man and furbabies. Now I kind of wish I had made it bigger since the pup has grown so much in the last 4 months.

Quilt455

I really like this one for a guy. The black is great with your batiks. Something I would never have tried.

Terryt1955

Thanks Quilt455 . I was happy with how the black came out too. I had never tried using it before so I wasn't sure if I would like it.

Quilt455

As Wendy keeps telling me, Stepping out of the box can lead to wonderful quilts as it did on this one.

Terryt1955

Well Wendy is a wise one!

kwinkler

I really like this. Great colors and contrast. The black just makes it pop. It makes me want to start quilts for my 3 boys, 30, 28 & 23. Great Job!

Terryt1955

Thanks kwinkler ! I definitely think it's a great pattern for guys. And the batiks seem such a natural since they're not foo-fooey, if you know what I mean.

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