My Free Batik Quilt Pattern is another simple pattern with colourful batiks and easy squares. Though this quilt top is done in batiks, it is easily created with scraps for with a defined pattern. The finished top size with the black border is 41 1/2″ by 49″ or 106cm by 125 cm.
It has 30 squares, cut to 8″ before stitching. It is easy expanded by adding more squares.
I worked with approx 12 different colour batiks. All the pieces were chosen at random from my stash.
Each block is 8″ square before stitching together.
The centre of each block is 4 * 2 1/2″ squares. The outer square is 2 * (2 1/2″ * 4 1/2″) and 2 * (2 1/2″ * 8 1/4″). It is easier to cut the outer pieces in 2 strips, 2 1/2″ * 13″ then cut to 2 * 4 1/2″ and 2 * 8 1/4″.
I started by cutting 2 1/2″ strips of all colours and any scraps I found I also cut into 2 1/2″ squares.
As you can see by the picture, how easy it is to measure and cut 2 1/2″ strips into the correct lengths with my 2 1/2 * 12 1/2″ ruler.
Putting the Quilt Together
As I was cutting out the centre squares and strips, I laid them out in my tray as shown by my picture. At this stage I was only making 20 blocks. Later on I found I had some pieces left over and I extended the size of the quilt. (And I was having fun and didn’t want to stop!)
I then sat at my table and mixed and matched each centre square into 20 nicely mixed centre blocks. I stitched up those blocks and pressed them.
Then I mixed and matched the 20 centre squares with precut outer strips. I always tried to ensure that a colour from the centre block was not in the outer square.
Once I had the finished blocks, I re-cut them down to 8″ square. I used my 9 1/2″ square ruler and aligned the centre 4 blocks up on the ruler. This gave me a good base for ensuring that each block was cut correctly.
I laid out all the blocks, played around trying to ensure that the colours were evenly spread. I use my Colour Value Test tool for this. It makes it simple to move the colours around so the brights are evenly across the quilt.
Then stitched all together, and added a 2 1/2″ border.