Using Directional Prints Non-Directionally

There was enough of the Winnie the Pooh print for another charity quilt, but this time I wanted to make the directional aspect of the print not matter.  The only way to do that is to deliberately rotate the print so some of it is right side up in every direction.

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

So, I cut out squares, and rotated them so there were equal numbers pointing in each direction. Then I cut some squares of the fabrics that coordinate with the colors in the print.

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

I sewed them randomly to the solid squares, not paying any attention to the orientation of the print.

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

Have I mentioned that I like to use my ends of bobbins to sew scrappy quilts?

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

I laid out the double squares and distributed the colors around.

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

I sewed the rows, using numbers on the ends to keep the rows straight.

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

I pressed all of the strips with the seams toward the print so they would nest nicely.

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

Arranging the rows back together, nesting the seams.

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

I added a border, and quilted it with the same cloud pantograph I used in the other Pooh quilt.

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

Now I was really getting low on the fabrics in this quilt, especially the green and the Pooh print. There was not enough to use in another quilt, but they made nice strips for binding.

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

This time I took the time to test pin the binding around the quilt, not a lot of pins, just enough to make sure I didn’t end up with a seam on a corner. Then I sewed the binding on.

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

Stopping well away from the ends, I joined the binding in the usual way.

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

And all done! Another charity quilt for the November deadline appropriate for a boy, but a girl could use it too.

Winnie the Pooh Charity quilt

I have some red and cream fabric with an alphabet print that I might be able to work into one more. We’ll see!!

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Do you use directional prints in non-directional quilts?

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14 thoughts on “Using Directional Prints Non-Directionally

  1. Sharon Schipper

    Your output amazes me! we are concentrating on Christian refugees in Lebanon this Christmas for our shoeboxes, and I want to get in some small baby quilts as well, they left with nothing in front of ISIS, and children need things of their own. Your simple and quick quilt ideas are a big help, I’ve got them all in an email folder!
    Thanks, dear lady. No, I haven’t completed the wall quilt with the panel I bought from you, busy working on the urgencies…but I will this weekend!

    big hug from Sharon in Colorado

  2. Rosemaryflower

    This is such a sweet quilt, I adore it.
    I use my bobbin threads up this way too. Bonus. It adds a little pizazz or pizzaaaazzzz or how ever you spell it ha
    Have a fun day today
    I get to go to my quilt club meeting today (45 min drive) and I did not do my homework… many reasons but mainly the tutorial online at the specific webpage was just annoying. The fabric was ugly…. okay that is not the main reason. Mostly I was BUSY doing other thing hahaha
    This will be the first time I have not done my assignment in 4 years. Oh well.
    Today is gonna be pretty here. I hope to get out and harvest some more of my lavender this afternoon. This is my first year doing that so…. hmmm
    Happy Thursday

  3. Margaret Reid

    Another amazing quilt. It’s good to have that blanket non directional. The child can look at it from any direction. And Hey, Thanks for the bobbin tip! maybe I wont buy more ! ha-ha

  4. I like your finish! I definitely use directional prints in non-directional patterns, it usually does not matter to me to have some facing one way and others facing another way.

  5. sgrancio

    Great post, having the visual is always so helpful. I frequently use directional fabric randomly, sometimes deliberately rotating blocks to achieve the “right side up from any direction” look.

    Great idea about using up bobbin threads. I do that, as well, as long as the value is pretty close. Scrappy binding is also a winner but I often just make an extra row of blocks in both directions and skip a border, if I am trying to sew up fabrics in stash.

  6. Hello Carole, Sorry I did not actually make it by yesterday to comment. I was busy sewing the blocks for the Mystery quilt together into rows and got about half of them assembled. I love it. In answer to your question for today, oh yeah….I use pieces of fabric in any way I possibly can to get a quilt put together. I am such a lover of scrap quilts that direction usually does not matter much to me, but occasionally, it will! Using bobbins to sew with is another great way of using up every part that is available and utilizing it. I learned that very early on being on a very strict budget. Your Winnie the Pooh is once again a definite winner! Keep on creating and sharing all of your wonderful creations, Carole! Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Love your Winnie the Pooh fabric and the colors you chose to go with it. It is such a good idea to position the fabrics so there is no real up or down. I’m not sure I’ve ever had to think about that, but now I will!

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