I love batik fabrics – the colours are so vibrant. For this quilt I have used one of the Fabric Freedom charm packs – it contains thirty two 5″ squares comprising four each of eight different fabrics. Technically I suppose that means that it isn’t a true charm pack which should contain all different fabrics, but it’s still a great pack.
I wanted to use black for the sashing because black tends to bring out the colours of batiks and also I wanted to show you how to make white sashing strips joining the middle of each square. The finished quilt is 36″ by 54″ and I have used 1.1/4 yards of black fabric, 12″ of white fabric.
white fabric: eight 1.1/2″ strips across the width of fabric
black fabric: three 2.1/2″ strips for the squares and sixteen 2.1/4″ strips for the sashing
Making the quilt
Charm pack squares are 5″ square so the sashing needs to be 5″ long. Sew together two 2.1/4″ strips of black fabric with a 2.1/2″ white strip between them. Cut these across the width at 2.1/2″ intervals. Altogether you will need to use eight black strips and four white strips.
Select four charm squares to use as cornerstones and set them to one side. Sew the remaining squares together with a sashing strip between them.
You will need four squares and five sashing strips for each row so that there is sashing between each pair of squares and also at each end of the rows.
The sashing between the rows is made using the same 5″ sashing strips, but placed horizontally and with 2.1/2″ black squares between them. This is to make sure that the white stripes lie half way along each square. You will need eight sashing strips, each one made by sewing togethr four sashing strips with five squares so that there is a square at the beginning and end of each row and also between each sashing strip. You will need thirty two sashing strips and forty black squares.
Sew one sashing strip across the top of the first row and then sew sashing strips between all the rows to join the rows together, with one sashing strip below the bottom row of charm squares.
Batik charm quilt border
The charm quilt border is made using exactly the same three fabric strip as for the sashing, but in long lengths. You will need two 28.1/2″ lengths to sew to the top and bottom of the quilt. for the sides cut two 48″ lengths (you’ll need to join two rows to get this length) and then sew one of the charm squares to the top and bottom of each length. These can now be sewn to the sides of the quilt.
The batik charm quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding, details of which can be found in the make a patchwork quilt section.
Here’s the video: