Monday, October 3, 2011

  So a couple hours of sewing, and here's the completed top.

I wanted to show movement, and that's what I got.  I repeated "my mistake" from the beginning 2 rows again just before the end by going up on 2 rows and then back down.  So, now it is on purpose!
  Before I get lost in just looking at the colors, let me finish up with the technique.  From this full shot, you can see that the color pattern at the bottom disappears and then seems to wrap to  the top.  So a few things to remember......
    1. Strata is created with 4" strips. The number of fabrics in your strata will determine the over all finished length. Example: 18 strips times 3 1/2" (finished size) equals 63 inch length.

   *Note: Sew strata together with a small stitch, so the strips will not come apart when sub-cut.
   2. If using cuts of 20"-22" wide cuts from fat quarters, you will need 3 cuts of 4" for a small lap quilt that is about 45-49 inches wide when finished. For a wider quilt, use 2 full width of fabric cuts and a minimum of 20 fabrics in the strata.

  3.   Bridge fabrics help you transition from one color to the next.  Use 3 or 4 values of a color to create a blended wave of color.
  4.  The first 5 to 7 fabrics start at the top left and work down and across to the right. They will probably not make it to the top corner and be repeated.
  5. The first fabric and the last fabric will end up next to each other and need to blend or play/work well together.
  6 . Pattern movement comes from the wide strips--they flatten out the movement, and from the very narrow strips---that move down the quilt quickly and almost create an angle. If you like that, use a lot of them, and if not, then only 2 or 3 will create variety.
   If you have any questions about this technique, let me know and I will post details for all.  A couple of borders on this and I will be done.
  The weather turned cool this weekend, and  last night was 45 degrees.  So you won't hear me complain for the next few days.  In fact, I will probably have to put another quilt on the bed tonight.  Luckily, I have a couple to use!
Happy stitching.


Impera_Magna said...

So lovely... you must be so pleased!

Dana Gaffney said...

Beautiful Debbie, I like all of the movement.

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

Very pretty!

Lynne said...

Oh Debbie, it's so gorgeous it almost takes my breath away. I should, but not yet, first I have to finish the projects I have underway then I'd have to buy fabric ...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful series of how you work!

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