|Stars & Stripes Interleave, 17" x 21"|
I chose to focus on red and white for the actual interleave portion of this quilt. Instead of two sets of 3 strips (each strip measuring 6.5" wide), I used 2 sets of 4 strips with each strip measuring 5" wide. I aimed for contrasting prints, textures and values: red on red prints, white on white prints and several red & white combinations including a woven plaid! In the top grouping, I quickly realized that there wasn't enough contrast between the top two middle strips. So I swapped out the larger cherry print for a darker red roses batik.
|Red & White Stripes|
|Thank you Bethany & Deborah of Plum Easy Patterns!!|
Based on Bethany's suggestion, as well as her fast & fabulous finish, I wanted to try it out for myself. Wow! I was extremely impressed with the performance of the Pellon 820 Quilter's Grid. It was far easier to work with and yielded a faster finish. I will be transitioning over to this new product for future Interleave projects and workshops. In fact, I have already ordered an entire bolt to have on hand!!
As I worked my way to the top, I replaced the last few sets of red & white strips with a larger blue strip measuring 6.5" x 18". Using contact paper as a template, I outline stitched 3 large stars that were echoed and surrounded by a zig zag meander. Other design options include appliqueing 3 large stars and/or using a blue & white starry printed fabric.
I had a hard time choosing a binding fabric and after consulting with a quilting friend, opted to do a faced edge finish.
|Quilt Back Featuring a Faced Edge & More Stars!!|
I am very pleased with this new Interleave quilt design and can't wait to include it in my upcoming Intriguing Interleave workshops. I hope this fun, new finish will help inspire others to experiment with this fun and easy technique!! And just in time to display for the upcoming summer holidays!!