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:

Kiera Vanella said...

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

Vroomans' Quilts said...

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.

Sheila said...

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

Linda said...

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

Fiesta said...

Connie, it looks fabulous and complements the quilt perfectly.

Madame Samm said...

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

Needled Mom said...

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

Kristy QP said...

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

Jamie Lee said...

What a pretty batik pillow!

Dora, the Quilter said...

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!

Cyn ;-) said...

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

Judy1522 said...

Love the pillow thanks for the tutorial.

Dawn said...

Very nice, Connie! And thanks for the tute.

Pat said...

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!

VickiT said...

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.

Kate said...

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

Lisa said...

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

kc said...

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!!

Julianne said...

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

shez said...

awesome cushion Connie and thankyou for sharing.xx

Lesley said...

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

Michele said...

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

beaquilter said...

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

LynCC said...

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

grapes and hearts said...

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

Melissa said...

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!

Terry@ iluvmybugs said...

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.

Lori said...

this is very pretty. thanks for the tutorial. im sure your flowers are thanking you for getting rid of their enemies.
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Julie said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

desertskyquilts said...

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.

SuperMomNoCape said...

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.

Highland Monkey's said...

Absolutely gorgeous.

LJ said...

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

Sarah said...

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 ;^)

Sarah Craig said...

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

Julie said...

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

Jill said...

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/

Kathy B said...

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