Saturday, August 06, 2011

Make a Wash with a Grid

Say what?  Yes, you make a wash with a grid. More precisely you make a watercolor wash quilt using a wonderful product called 'quilter's grid fusible interfacing' by Pellon. 

Today I played around with some pieces I won from Judy at Sew Fun Quilts.    When Judy had the giveaway she said that you would need to get some Quilter's Grid to do this.  I found some at the local Hobby Lobby - with the other interfacing products.  

Sew, today I laid out pieces and fuse tacked (no steam)  them in place until I had the entire piece laid out.  Then I followed the directions that said to steam it.  Then you fold on the lines between rows and sew a quarter inch seam at each fold.  EASY! Then the "hard" part is snipping between where you will sew the next time. 
Hey this post at Stash Manicure explains it all. 
Here is my "watercolor wash" quilt top.
Monet's Quilt Garden

All the points match up. There are 196 squares of fabric in this piece. Yeah! Really!!! That Quilter's Grid stuff is awesome for fast piecing and perfect points.  I will say that the finished piece is rather stiff. That is my only complaint. 

 Now I know in this picture the rows 'sag' but that is due to my lack of photo skills, they are really straight. 
I think my values could have been better, but I was playing so I am not going to be hard on myself.  I like it; and that is what matters!

It will get borders and become either a lap quilt or maybe I should do some (((gasp!!!))) applique on it and make a wall hanging.  Which do you think would be best?


Pat said...

I got a kit at a show a couple of years back to do this and it made a heart-shape in the center with the way the colors fell...and I turned mine into a pillow. You are right about the piece being a bit stiff, though. Your project looks very nice, Gene!

Quiltingranny said...

Had never heard of it, thank you for sharing!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Hi Gene,

If you like this method but you don't like the stiffness...use wash away stabilizer and mark the lines yourself....then when you wash it....the stabilizer disappears!!!

You can applique...I know you can...go ahead I dare you :)


Barbara said...

I've always admired and wanted to do a watercolor quilt, but my lack of confidence in color skills seem to keep me from trying. This is absolutely beautiful! Such gradual gradations, I love it!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

I was wondering if the Quilters' Grid would make the quilt stiff and you have answered my question - thank you. I like your creation!! It is beautiful - I wouldn't add any applique.

Ebony Love said...

That looks really great! I have tons of this grid stuff, and found another bunch of it when I was pawing through my fusible box.

Anonymous said...

so these aren't stitched at all then? just fused...and then what you quilt that to hold it?

Tangos Treasures said...

Looks great!!