Monday, June 28, 2021

Charity quilt #3 with overdyed fabric

This is the third quilt top that I've made with the overdyed fabric that I made with scraps given to me by a friend.  The other two were in the navy and royal blue tones.   This one was made with the turquoise fabric and some of her black scraps.  I added a bit of gray here and there to lighten it up a bit.  It's 65" x 70" and is intended for a male recipient.  It's been donated to our Clark County Quilters charity group.  

The main thing that I learned from making this quilt is an old lesson - pay attention to the value of the fabrics.  I don't think this quilt is successful for that very reason.  I mixed light turquoise with dark fabrics, and medium and dark turquoise with med and light grays.  Rather than a strong zig zag pattern, I ended up with a mish mash.  Lesson learned (again!).

Here was my inspiration, which has a strong value difference between the red and the gray/black background.  I found this on Pinterest and am assuming it was a quilt designed by Victoria Finley called "Fractured".  I fell in love with the modern graphic nature of this quilt.


And here is the quilt that I made:


Here's how I sewed this quit together:

Unit #1  Start with 46 of each color, stack them right side up, do the slash 2” from the left top to 4” from the left bottom.  Swap the top and bottom layers on one side and sew back together.  Trim to 5-1/2” x -5-1/2”.  You’ll end up with 92 each 5-1/2” squares.

Unit #2  Start with 41 of each color, stack them right side up, do the slash 4” from the left top to 2” from the left bottom.  Swap the top and bottom layers on one side and sew back together.  Trim to 5-1/2” x -5-1/2”.  You’ll end up with 82 each 5-1/2” squares.

Solid squares  Cut 8 each 5-1/2” solid squares

Sewing

Lay out the squares according to the picture below and by this count:

Row 1:  5 each Unit #1; 7 each Unit #2 and 1 solid block

Row 2:  8 each Unit #1; 5 each Unit #2

Row 3:  5 each Unit #1; 7 each of Unit #2 and 1 solid block

Row 4:  5 each Unit #1; 8 each Unit #2

Row 5:  5 each Unit #1; 7 each Unit #2 and 1 solid block

Row 6:  4 each Unit #1; 9 each Unit #2

Row 7:  8 each Unit #1; 4 each Unit #2 and 1 solid block 

Row 8:  6 each Unit #1; 6 each Unit #2 and 1 solid block

Row 9:  8 each Unit #1; 5 each Unit #2

Row 10:  7 each Unit #1; 5 each Unit #2 and 1 solid block

Row 11:  8 each Unit #1; 5 each Unit #2

Row 12:  9 each Unit #1; 3 each Unit #2 and 1 solid block

Row 13:  6 each Unit #1; 7 each Unit #2

Row 14:  8 each Unit #1; 4 each Unit #2 and 1 solid block

Sew the columns together and press alternate rows opposite directions.

Sew the rows together.  Press in one direction.

Stay stitch 1/8” around all the edges.  I started with 6" squares, layered them right sides up, slashed them on the diagonal, then switched the pieces to form two new squares.  Those squares were trimmed to 5-1/2".   


I hope you like the quilt and can use the pattern!

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