Rachel at Stitched in Color is running a series on using unloved fabrics. This project started with a package of 4″ squares I had won in a blog hop; a rainbow of batiks that, although lovely, had me scratching my head on how to use them.
One night, inspiration struck and I sorted them into 4 piles of 24 squares. I arranged each pile into 4 tall by 6 wide, trying to distribute the darker and lighter values evenly (although some got mixed up as I was sewing). I made up 4 patches, which I then trimmed to 6 1/2″ square.
A few more minutes work and I had a finished placemat (12.5 x 18.5 inches). I still have to sew up the pink/purple one, then decide on backing, quilt, and finish these.
This technique would be fantastic with strings or crumbs too, or perhaps you have leftover charm squares or HSTs from other projects which you can sew together. Keeping the colour families harmonious tricks the eye into just seeing the overall monochrome effect.
Linking to “The Purge” at Stitched in Color (not colour), and Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.