Strip Piecing meets East

Develop Your Own Free-Form Quilts by Rayna Gillman

At Artistic Artifacts we enjoyed creating a pattern for the Row by Row Experience. (Well, let’s be sincere: I had the enjoyable component of the work, Sharon had the hair-pulling part of really creating the pattern!).

Yet since our arrangement to take part in this massive shop jump implies we are unable to release our Springtime Vegetation & Animal pattern up until this loss (after Row by Row ends), I thought of one more piece to highlight Rayna Gillman’s rickety strip assembling strategy, a vital style function in our row.

I learned how to accept rotating cutting without the rulers from reading Rayna’s book, Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts: a Trouble-free Trip to Original Design. If this technique passions you in any way, I exuberantly suggest acquiring guide … for one, I can assure you her representations are better than mine! Plus what I am about to show you is just one part of the book, which is an impressive modern/art quilt reference I frequently suggest.

Hand Drawn Batik Panel by artist Jaka, 2 Girlfriends.

At Artistic Artifacts we have actually recently received a brand-new shipment from Indonesia of fantastic Batik Panels by our artist friend Jaka. He produces creative designs, particularly individuals: from females with an attitude to family members settings, and village scenes. I have actually named the panel that caught my eye for this project 2 Girl Buddies; it can be bought from our on-line shop.

I recognized quickly that I would certainly place an inner border making use of an attractive royal blue batik, and it looked remarkable with the panel shades.

Free-Form Strip Piecing.

Next was the strip piecing. Rayna motivates you to make use of leftover items of material that have currently been reduced for other quilt projects. However if, like me, you do not have sufficient long strips socializing in your stash, just draw a range of fabrics and reduced strips. For this project mine are about 18 to 22 ″ long and also 1 1/4″ to 1 1/2″ vast. In her book Rayna recommends as a standard at first collaborating with strips that are 8″ to 15″ long and from 1″ to 3″ broad.

Listed below, the fabrics picked for strip piecing. (This is a real “behind the scenes” sight: the messy tiny corner of my job table!).

Here I have 2 strips ready for the process. My picked textiles that have been cut (or torn) are positioned, both appropriate side encountering up, with a small overlap.

Cut a gentle contour with your rotating cutter along the overlap. You are freehand reducing, no leader needed! The bit of purple revealing below the orange, and the orange revealing under the purple, are pulled away and also not utilized: you will certainly have a 2 strips with matching curves.

This component can be a little bit difficult. When your two strips are put, ideal sides together, to be stitched the curves do not compare (as seen in the listed below photo).

If you have actually ever stitched a bent patchwork block, such as a Drunkard’s Course, you will certainly already know with this concept, but otherwise, you have to draw the convex and concave edges of the textiles together to be able to stitch a joint. If your contours are gentle, this can be done by hand while you are at the maker, however if you don’t feel comfy, pin the strips with each other to have the “tops and also valleys” (as Rayna calls them) match up. If you have not previously stitched curves together before it will not seem as if they will certainly seam with each other flat, yet they will!

Over, 2 rickety strips sewn together. Notification the incomplete joint allowance! In her publication Rayna instructs you that you do not constantly have to aim for a 1/4-inch joint allocation, that in between ⅛” and also 1/4″ is fine. I evaluated any of my joints that looked thin by delicately pulling them apart; if the joint did not hold, I simply sewed over it once again.

Below, the front side of my free-form strip section. One strip connected, many more to go! Yet these fit quicker than you might assume, and it’s fun assembling because there’s no stress … blemish is your objective.

Below, my finished system of free-form strips. From this, I after that cut bands that I used to surround my panel.

And just in situation you wish to see this from the back, I have actually included the photo listed below. I pushed every one of my joint allocations to one side. while you are stitching, you don’t fret if some are longer than others. Utilizing Rayna’s technique, the only time you make use of a leader with your rotary cutter is to cut square those strip ends as well as to cut strips for boundaries (as I am) or blocks for exact piecing.

Below, here is my completed 2 Girl Friends Jaka batik panel with strip piecing edging. Well, completed without being layered, bound and quilted! Click on the photo for a bigger view.

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