Usually a fabric is chosen to work with a specific pattern or design. In the case of this story, the reverse was true.
As you all know, I love to work with border print fabrics and other prints with mirror imaged motifs. When we select a border print to go around the outside of a quilt or to use inside the quilt, we often have a lot of leftovers. I’m always looking for ways to use these extra bits.
About a year ago I decided it would be fun to use up border print scraps in six pointed stars. I used our 2 ½” acrylic template. Six identical pieces were needed for each star. I sorted through scraps to come up with a color scheme and began making stars. It was such fun to see all the different ones and how the design changed depending on the placement of the mirror images. All the kaleidoscopic results kept tempting me to do more.
Then the question came of how to sew the stars together. I thought of joining them with black diamonds.
However the stars kept calling to me that they needed a narrow border around them. So I thought of cutting a narrow border from one of my border prints. This Corsica border seemed perfect with my colors.
I only wanted to use this small bit that is outlined here.
In order to get the border next to each star, I had to break the diamond into four smaller pieces so the diamond could be completely surrounded by the border. Two are cut one direction and two are reversed.
I began sewing the stars together with the “border print” diamonds.
After I sewed several together, I realized that if the quilt was going to be a decent size I would need anywhere from 12 to 15 yards of the Corsica border to get enough of that small stripe for all the diamonds.
That is when I thought of designing a fabric that was only made up of the small border with black in between. It takes about a year from the idea to the fabric and finally this week the Mini-stripe fabric arrived. I did it in five colorways.
I remade the quilt with a larger (3”) diamond template and the new mini-stripe. I am thrilled with the outcome.
I’m calling the quilt Arabic Tiles, have created a pattern and also made an acrylic template set to make cutting the diamonds easier.
You can use all your leftover bits and pieces of border print, or we have also made a kit in the colorway shown here. There are two sizes……wall and double
Margot, one of our customers, has already started using her scraps to make stars. She said it is addictive and so much fun to see how different each one can be.
For the Arabic Tile quilt, you only need two yards of the fabric for the diamonds joining the stars instead of 15! I’m dreaming up all kinds of other ways to use the fabric as well. Stay tuned for more projects and let us know if you find innovative ways to use it as well.
5 thoughts on “The Birth of a Fabric”
What beautiful, rich colors in this gorgeous quilt that you have designed! You never cease to amaze me, Jinny! I look forward to beginning this quilt very soon.
Thanks so much Mally. I’ve really enjoyed making it and hope you do too.
Jonny, You are simply amazing! I’ve only been quilting for 5 years. I learned of you right away and have been a huge fan ever since. The way your quilts glow is what drew me to them. I can usually pick out your quilts. This latest one is a “Masterpiece”. I have a couple of your kits but haven’t attempted them yet. I hope to sometime soon. Please keep on making these wonderful quilts.
Ola, bom dia.
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