Last year, I did a series of posts on a block of the month, all in batiks which was put on by a local quilt shop using patterns from the internet. I decided that batik fabrics were not my cup of tea. With the advice of friends, I did manage to get all the blocks done. I had already stretched quite a bit out of my comfort zone just by using batiks and I decided to stretch a bit more. If you’d like to work through all 12 blocks, click on the Category Block of the Month 2014, and you see all 12 posts.
I decided to use black as the sashing. That was different for me too. That is black batting sitting behind the blocks. I’ve never used that either.
Using my quarter inch foot kept the seams consistent.
I pressed all the block seams toward the black sashing.
I sewed the blocks and sashings into strips, and then thought why not stretch a bit further and come up with a modern setting?
I had to use a black border too.
So I added some plain black blocks, and thought about an asymmetrical placement. I was inspired by the waterfalls in our area, and thought the blocks could flow down like a waterfall.
The batiks really pop against the black, and the idea began to take shape.
Waterfall setting, with the three blocks below like the rocks in the middle of a stream. I like the juxtaposition of modern to traditional. Next time, I’ll show you the quilting. Click Here for Part Two.
Please do follow the links for parts 2 and 3, there was a lot more about the quilting.
Sharing at some of the linky parties on my link page, and in 2017…