Our second February challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to create a mini quilt. So, here’s my Island Batik Mod Hearts Mini Quilt Tutorial! [My first project is HERE–it’s a set of greeting cards that I sent to friends.]
I do love making minis….they are the perfect size to test a new block idea or audition a fabric combination. I’ve also participated in several really fun mini quilt swaps on Instagram. At the end of this post, I’ve provided links back to some of my earlier adventures in making mini quilts.
Making Batiks Modern
I know that many modern quilters feel challenged on how to use batiks to make contemporary or modern quilts. One of the reasons that I applied to become an Ambassador was that I wanted to challenge myself in a disciplined way to see how batiks can be used effectively to make modern quilts. As I explore these challenges this year, I invite your feedback on how successfully I am making batiks modern.
The Mod Hearts Mini Quilt Tutorial
All of the fabrics used in this project were provided to me by Island Batik.
I am an Island Batik 2018 Ambassador!
Island Batik Fabrics and Hobbs batting that I used for this project:
Piecing the Mod Hearts Mini
I had a general idea of the finished mini size I was planning. I decided to create another version of my Mod Hearts template so I drew it in EQ8 to fit on a 12-1/2″ square background.
I had an idea! I decided that I wanted to piece strips–I call them strata. I created one large strata with the Island Batik fabrics–it was strip pieced from all of the colors in random widths.
I placed the two template pieces on the strata and cut out the heart pieces. Templates and fabrics are both right sides up.
I used a bit of spray basting and placed the two halves on the backing, overlapping them slightly in the middle. I will be using raw edge machine applique so I didn’t need to turn under the edges. With all those seams, needle turn applique is somewhat challenging.
Then, using the leftover pieces of the strata and other leftover bits, I made an improvisational border. This is one of my signature moves…I love the effect of improvisational borders that contrast with pieced designs.
Here I am starting to make my border strata. These two irregular triangles were left over when I cut out the heart sections. I just sewed them together.
After squaring up, I decided that the mini needed a contrasting skinny border. So, I added a thin 2nd border in the darker purple fabric. It measures 1/4 inch finished. Batik fabric is very tightly woven so I didn’t need to starch this thin strip to keep it straight as I pieced it. When I do thin piecing with other quilting cottons, I usually starch them lightly.
Finally, I added a 3rd border measuring 2 inches finished. I used one of the fabrics from the heart strata.
The Post-it note on my design wall in this photo is a reminder that I have to stay focused and organized because I have many goals and deadlines this year.
I created an improvisational binding by sewing together 1-1/2″wide strips in random lengths. I used the fabric from the 3rd border to create a disappearing or infinite edge effect. Binding is single fold with a mitered corner. Yep, I getting pretty good at mitering corners.
Island Batik Mod Hearts Mini Quilt is Done!
And…it’s done! I’m very pleased with the final effect.
The modern quilting principles that I explored in making this batik modern mini included:
- modern traditionalism–taking a traditional heart motif and altering it into a new block design
- improvisational piecing in first border treatment and binding
- infinite edge binding–pieced using the outer border fabric
- improvisational quilting–free hand, walking foot, no marking inside and around the central heart
Lessons Learned–What I might do differently next time: I would make all 3 borders asymmetrical and offset the two heart halves a bit more.
Links to some earlier mini quilt adventures
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