Batik Wedding Quilt

One of my good friends and college roommates got married this weekend. I was ahead of the game and finished this quilt in May and even showed the wall hanging I made with the scraps. Now I get to share the actual quilt with you.

For some reason I decided that a quilt with batiks would be a good fit for Darlene & David. I hope they agree. The locally owned fabric store had some amazing batiks this winter but they weren’t lasting long. So I bought them when they were available and went to work. All the fabrics are botanical prints. I choose 4 warm colors and 5 cool colors.

I based my design on this quilt at Film in the Fridge, except that I was trying to make them the right size to fit a template I had to square them up. I ended up laying it out with double border around the edges when I was calculating it in Excel. I realized my error, but decided to stick with the proportions I had. So my squares are different than the ones in her tutorial, but based on the same idea.

Each block is composed of two squares and one rectangle, separated by white sashing. I decided the best way to distribute the colors would be to make one side of each block warm or cool. So the two squares are from the same temperature, and the rectangle is opposite.

The quilt ended up being 51″ wide and 68″ long

For the backing, I used one of the prints from the front, a blue-green fern print. I added a long stripe of leftover blocks along with a stripe of the red print for added interest.

I hand quilted it. Rather than go around each set of rectangle and two squares, I decided to quilt a larger square around the places where the four squares meet from adjacent blocks. This forms a diagonal step pattern of these larger quilted squares.

If you can’t tell from all the photos in this post, I think this is one my favorite quilts I’ve made. It’s hard to let this one go. But I know Darlene and David will enjoy it. I think the colors came out very striking. So just one more photo of it.

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8 Responses to Batik Wedding Quilt

  1. Robin says:

    I just love it!!! That quilt would look perfect in my bedroom!! I may start quilting again this winter. I haven’t done any quilting for about fifteen years.

  2. Dmarie says:

    utterly gorgeous!!

  3. That is an absolutely gorgeous quilt. You have lucky friends!

  4. Marcia says:

    It is a lovely quilt. I’m sure they will love it too.

  5. Carolyn says:

    Wow….I’ve enjoyed quite a few of your quilt pics, but this one took my breath away. Nice work and an inspiration to me (if I ever really find time to get beyond just using scraps!). Many congrats to Darlene as well – I hope it was a wonderful celebration!

  6. Ali says:

    That is one gorgeous quilt! You really need to stop posting these photos as I have too many things on my plate already, but learning to quilt is edging its way onto the rim :-)

  7. Ilhamsyah says:

    It is very gorgeous. Very unique and creative :)

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