Monday, September 27, 2021

Batiks + Bari J. = Half Square Triangles Quilt


This is another quilt I made using colorful batiks and a beautiful Bari J. fabric collection! I did simple half square triangles and went for a wildly, bohemian, scrappy look. The black binding was the only solid in the entire quilt.

Sewn and quilted on my Juki TL2000QI. I bought mined used through Craigslist and have not been disappointed. I’d buy another one in a heartbeat if I needed another machine.

I always enjoy the last step… hand stitching the binding.

This one is sold, but there are more quilts in my Etsy shop. A quilt makes a wonderful, unique gift… one that will last for years, even generations, and will become a treasured heirloom. And how often can you wrap up in a piece of art?! 😊

Batiks + Bari J = A Happy Boho Quilt!


I’ve always loved batik fabrics… the colors, the variegated shades in one piece, and the feel of the fabric. And then I discovered Bari J. fabrics… oooh, the colors and designs! You will never have a drab, boring quilt if you work with Bari’s prints!

To make this quilt, I started with a layer cake (10” squares) of Bari J. 365 Fifth Avenue and a layer cake of batiks. The batiks were a mixed set from an ebay seller. I cut each 10” square into 3 strips: a 3” strip, a 2” strip, and a 5” strip. Then I switched the 2” strips of the batik with a coordinating Bari J. fabric. Sew together with 1/4” seams. Press the seams outward. Then add the batik strips to the center of all the Bari J. blocks. Once all the blocks are sewn and pressed, square up each block. Then arrange, stitch your blocks into rows, then stitch rows together. I used batik fabric for my backing, and a Kona cotton solid for the binding. I love making and hand stitching the binding!

This one and a similar quilt have already sold but I’ll be adding more to my Etsy shop. You can find them here.

Once again, my photos loaded out of order, so I’ll just do a quick explanation of how I pieced the blocks. Step 1-4 are shown in reverse. 🥴

Step 4: Press seams outward

Step 3: Sew a 1/4” seam. This is how it will look after pressing.

Step 2: Switch center batik strip for a Bari J. strip.

Step 1. Cut 3”, 2”, and 5” strips of all squares.

Take a photo and view in black and white to see where some blocks may need to be re-arranged.

Arrange blocks on the wall to find a layout that you like.