I made this rail fence quilt several months back with a jelly roll pack. It’s a Bali Batik in browns, yellows, blacks & beiges. I do love the colors but the quilt itself seems rather boring. I made it when I was in my phase of trying to use up the fabrics I had rather than buy more. Plus, sometimes I truly just like to sew straight lines and I really don’t much care what I’m sewing. I call it THERAPY. Nine patch blocks are still my favorite ‘therapy’ block.
Anyway, I had 10 rail fence blocks left over so I decided to try my stack and slash technique again. Totally LESS boring than the original.
The original quilt:
The left over blocks:
Left over strips of fabric cut randomly on an angle:
Strips inserted into the block, which had been diagonally cut. This time I didn’t rotate to the back – rather kept the block pieces together with their partners.
Sliced again and inserted a 2nd strip of fabric:
Squared up the blocks then sewed them together.
Finished blocks (9) sewn together. Original block on the right (I might put it on the back). It’s fairly small but will make a great piece to practice my machine quilting and then perhaps use it as a wall hanging or table mat.
I’m really enjoying this stack and slash series! My next project is going to be with some of the Japanese Taupe fabrics that I collected on my trip to the USA last month. I’m thinking to do a triptych-type thing….three panels for my laundry room wall.
As far as the original quilt top? I’m kicking around the idea of doing some organic-like dying with the grapevine cuttings and then burying it in the garden for 6 months. I ran across a blog recently where a gal was playing with that technique and it sounds rather fun. I need to take some time to re-read the book by India Flint and see if I can find some suggestions.