"Warp and Weft"

After doing all that cutting and sorting and such, I just need to sew a bit.  

So, I'm tackling a few "fun" quilts - quick and easy but with gorgeous fabrics.  These are what appears to be leftovers from a scrub manufacturing business - either personal or a company - we aren't sure.  We got these in with a lot of fabric that my sis and I purchased in 2015. I haven't done much with them, but I've been itching to. 

There are floral, novelties, prints and blenders - but one thing they have in common - they are beautiful fabrics and I want to use them.  

The problem with using these is that they come in strange shapes. It will be a challenge to come up with patterns that lets me use these pieces to the max.

There are multiples of each piece - often 10-20 in a stack. I think someone cut them with a sort of laser cutter or some industrial cutting machine.

For this fabric, I decided on a simple block - a variation of the Rail Fence block - it looks like this:

The next problem I encountered after deciding what I wanted to do was choosing fabrics. I really wanted a pretty pink batik, which I purchased in Airzona, USA back a few years ago now, but have been afraid to use in a typical quilt due to issues of batiks "bleeding".

I decided to try an experiment. I wasn't particularly worried about the purple, so while I was working on the purple striped blocks, I washed the pink one - along with a piece of the fabric I wanted to put in the quilt with it.  Quite a while ago now, I read on a forum something that made me take notice. It was, "It's not so important whether or not the fabric is a bleeder, but if the OTHER fabrics are receivers."  I realized that in this case, it is true.

I have a bleeder, but the Hoffman print isn't a receiver.  Look. 

That hot pink thing is a color catcher, but the print fabric was completely unaffected. These (the print fabric piece, the pink batik and the color catcher) were all in the wash together at 40C.  I actually used 3 color catchers and all were quite pink.  I'm not worried about the purplish plum color accepting dye, so I went ahead and used the pink batik in this quilt.

Here are the fabrics I ended up choosing and using - up close 

The blocks up close:

And, finally, the top.  It was truly "quick and easy", took only 3 fabrics and I was able to put to some good use some of that gorgeous Hoffman floral fabric. 

I named it Warp and Weft because that is what the weave of fibers are called - the warp fibers following the grain lengthwise, and the weft are the fibers going across.

According to Wikipedia, "In weaving, the weft (sometimes woof) is the term for the thread or yarn which is drawn through, inserted over-and-under, the lengthwise warp yarns that are held ..."

Enjoy. The pattern is in the free patterns section.

While you are here, feel free to take a look at what my sister has for you!

Becky Petersen6 Comments