This month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge is to make a Modern Batik Quilt. For whatever reason I stumbled upon check marks when I was thinking about this project. I wondered what would happen if you stack them on top of each other going in opposite directions. I added an extra square to make the pattern feel more complete.
The first thing I did was try out a few different colorations with markers. I had a bunch of beautiful green Island Batiks to use, but decided they didn't have enough contrast for a modern quilt. Then I tried different colors using a repeat of four colors and a repeat of five colors. I decided the scale of four colors worked better.
Then I had to figure out how to piece it. I always do this to myself! I decided that it would be easiest to make in a "french braid" kind of fashion where you start with a triangle and then keep sewing on strips. Here are my pieces before ironing....
Roland decided the pieces would make a great "boa" around his neck. The kid is a ham!
Here you can see that I started with a central triangle and sewed strips to the right side, then the left side, then the right side, then the left, forever and ever and ever! Or at least it felt like it at the time because I had to iron after each piece.
Here is the final piece with the last two triangles sewed on. Clearly I miscalculated their size. Oh well, too big is better than too small.
Now since this is a modern quilt, I knew I needed to add negative space to both sides. So after squaring up the center "braid" I auditioned how to position it within the negative space. Below there is a lot of space on the right.
In this option there is a more even amount of negative space on both sides. I decided to go with the first picture: a little negative space on the left and a lot on the right.
Stay tuned for the quilting of this Modern Checks on Saturday!