Angled Rainbows in Batik

Project Description

What are you most proud of? This top was created from my first batch of batiks, with a couple of my previous tie dyes added in to complete the spectrum. This was my third attempt at machine binding and I think I'm finally getting the hang of it. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make a simple guide for your walking foot using tape and a big paperclip or some smooth wire. The 3" quilting intervals that aren't on a ditch become much easier, without any marking .

What you will need

  • All of the fabrics used to create the quilt top were batiked and hand-dyed by me using Kona cotton. Solid teal flannel backing and broadcloth binding.

Q&A with Sarah Coons

Gwendolyn52 asked:
Wow, this is really nice! I was impressed and thought, 'I can't wait until I'm good enough to line up my seams so perfectly'. Then I read that you batik and dye the fabric too....you left me in the dust. Great job on all aspects!
Sarah Coons answered:
Thank you! Piecing the angles was tough, since you can't just nest the seams like for straight lines, but I figured out a little trick. I would align the strips, right sides facing, then fold back the top layer 1/4" to make sure the seam would hit in the right place, and once it was lined up, I folded it back to flat and marked the intersection by creasing it with my thumbnail. At first I was using something to hold down the 1/4" allowance and then folding the strip backwards to check the alignment, but that moved it too much, and the ruler I was using to hold down the edge was adding bulk to the fold-back anyway. It's hard to explain these things in text! :)