Friday, July 20, 2012

Stacked Rainbow tutorial

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This is a pillow that I made using the Light & Bright Batik Stack that I had bought last month. I wanted to get an idea of how I wanted to use the colors when my Fat Quarter Sampler came. A stack is 10 inch squares of 24 different batiks.
Connecting Threads
Light & Bright Stack
 This is the group of fabrics that I made my quilt out of that I showed yesterday and I have a giveaway going on here for 3 fat quarter samplers if you missed it.
 I can never decide if I like batiks better with black or with white!

I was able to make all the blocks out of the stack and then added a black print for the sashing and a border of a batik I already had.
Depending on how you turn the pillow....you get a different look!

I'm just going to put a quick tutorial up for now on the way I made it with the fabrics on hand.

Choose 6 different colors and 3 shades of each (I used 18 - 10 inch squares)
  • Cut as follows for each color group:
  • 1.5 x 2.5 of the lightest batik - 3 each
  • 2 x 2.5 of the medium batik - 3 each
  • 2.5 x 2.5 of the darkest batik - 3 each
  • 1 inch strip by WOF of the black  (3)
  • 2 inch strip by WOF of the green batik (2)
After you sew the groups together add a 1 x 2.5 inch strip of black stashing between the blocks.
Here is a diagram that I made in EQ7 after I had made the pillow so you can see how I arrange the blocks.
 I added a 1 inch strip of black around the blocks and then added a 2 inch border of green batik. I then quilted the top.
This is a 18 x 18 inch pillow and for the back I just used the black print and did a lapped opening.

Our weather was a little cooler today so I finally went outside and started weeding my flower beds.....sure was nice for a little while then it got hot again.

39 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love what you do with batiks. I've yet to sew any, but you inspire me to try.

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  2. It depends on the hue of the Batik whether white or black - but I must say, I like the black better - gives that stained glass window affect.

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  3. Beautiful, Connie. Love Connecting Threads! Great tutorial! Thank you :D

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  4. That's a gorgeous pillow and I love the black! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  5. Connie, it looks fabulous and complements the quilt perfectly.

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  6. oh heavens Connie...you have certainly changed my opinion with batiks. no really you have..this is an absolute lovely out of this world pillow..and you know I don't excite that often..really batiks...am I spelling this correct...gorgeous...yep gorgeous..all of it..lol

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  7. Those are spectacular batik projects. I love both the black and the white with the jewel colors. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  8. Gorgeous cushion! I'm loving it with the black - really makes the colours pop.

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  9. Love the way the pillow and quilt turned out. I do love bright, clear colors, and it's been a while since I used a bunch. Very pretty!

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  10. Very pretty pillow, Connie. Thanks for the super tute.

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  11. Love the pillow thanks for the tutorial.

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  12. Very nice, Connie! And thanks for the tute.

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  13. Thanks so much for the tutorial. That is such a pretty cushion. I like it with the black ... then again, the white is pretty. Oh, dear!

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  14. Just beautiful Connie. I just love the way the batiks look in both the pillow and quilt. Thank you for showing us how to do it.

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  15. I always like black to make the colors pop. beautiful pillow!

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  16. I like the black best Ms. Connie! It pops I agree! Have a nice weekend.

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  17. Soooo pretty! (that's what I say to the parrots, too, as I walk by & raise my arms.....they spread their wings and say HELLO back!)

    I generally prefer the black accents, but the white worked for the pillow!

    Thanks for sharing it with us!!

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  18. Gorgeous pillow, I like batiks with both black and white...

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  19. awesome cushion Connie and thankyou for sharing.xx

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  20. Your pillow is gorgeous, as is your quilt. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  21. Like, like and more like. Thanks for the tut. This will get added to my every growing To Make list.

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  22. both of these are adorable!! too cute :-)

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  23. WHoop, whoop! Those are gorgeous! Yeah, batiks look marvelous with both colors. Or any other solid, depending on the set. Love them. :)

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  24. Wow, love the cussion you made! The batiks look great with the black sashing! Whoop whoop!

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  25. I love how you gradated the colors - reminds me of paint cards - but way more beautiful! I can't decide which I like better either - the black or the white!

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  26. I love batiks and should really start using mine instead of just 'collecting' them...thanks for the tutorial Connie! Love both the quilt and pillow you made.

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  27. this is very pretty. thanks for the tutorial. im sure your flowers are thanking you for getting rid of their enemies.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  28. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/07/show-your-stuff-33-upsidedown-brownies.html

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  29. When you finally figure out which one you like best I'll take the other one! They're both beautiful! Awesome work you do :)

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  30. Thank you for the tute. I like them better with black, always. But with the darker ones, sometimes I use the white. This pillow looks great, and I like the one on the bed, too.

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  31. Dropping by from the Sew Darn Crafty link party.

    Your pillow turned out so pretty! I've never worked with batiks so this really inspires me.

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  32. Ohhh, gorgeous! Looks like a stained-glass window.

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  33. A lovely sun-shiney pillow and the quilt is awesome too. I tend to use more black with batiks but I am not sure why since I like both black and whites wtih batiks. Who knows why we do half the things we do ;^)

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  34. Whoop whoop!! Beautiful pillowtop, and thanks so much for the tutorial!!

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  35. Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/07/show-your-stuff-34.html

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  36. Gorgeous quilt and pillow - such vibrant colours!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  37. Lovely work it is beautiful. Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B. http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com new follower

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