October 17, 2021

Woven Threads Quilt - A Throw Size Rainbow with White!

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Today I'm sharing another rainbow Woven Threads quilt!  This is the Throw size, made with a rainbow of Boundless Botanical prints and Kona solids.

The Woven Threads quilt pattern is a good one for showcasing your rainbow jelly rolls.  Woven Threads is a quick and easy modern rainbow quilt.




Woven Threads Quilt Pattern


Woven Threads is an easy modern strip quilt pattern.  It goes together quickly, and I can see making it again and again in a single colorway or two, in addition to rainbows.

The pattern uses rainbow strips and two accent colors and a background color.  The background in this quilt is white, and the two accents are light gray and medium gray.


All the Sizes!


The Woven Threads quilt pattern includes all the sizes - 5 in all - Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.  I love doing the math and love to include as many sizes as works out mathematically.  The pattern has you covered no matter what size you plan to make!


Quick and Easy Strip Pieced Quilt


Woven Threads is a strip pieced quilt; you won't be sewing together individual squares.  Make strip sets, subcut them, and then sew them back together, and voila, before you know it, you're done!  This is my favorite method of piecing!  ♥  It helps me finish more quilts!



Longarm Quilting


This Throw size Woven Threads quilt is quilted with white thread in Maze, a digital design, on my HandiQuilter Fusion with ProStitcher.  The design adds yummy texture to quilts, and is one of my main go-to designs.




Widescreen Backing


I love Widescreen backing by Robert Kaufman!  Tiny hatch, sketch, whatever you want to call it; it's perfect for modern quilts.  This one is gray on white.

Busy Hands Quilts will soon be stocking wide back fabrics, and this is one of them!


Kona Cotton Binding


I finished this quilt off with Kona Cotton Solid in Shadow.  This gray is a mainstay in my stash, and I buy it by the bolt.



This quilt was pieced by my professional sewist, Kare, and quilted and bound by me.






Materials Used


Pattern:  Woven Threads by Busy Hands Quilts
Boundless Botanicals 2-1/2" strip roll
Accents Kona Gray and Shadow
Background Kona White
Binding Kona Shadow
Backing Robert Kaufman Widescreen in Gray
Longarm Design Maze

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October 14, 2021

Woven Threads Quilt Pattern - A Twin Size Rainbow on Black!

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I'm so excited to share the Woven Threads quilt with you today!  This is a yummy rainbow or ombre quilt pattern.




Kona Cotton Solids


For this quilt, I pulled strips from my Kona solid strip bin in rainbow order.  This is the Twin size, and it requires 14 strips of color, so I pulled two hues of each of the seven traditional rainbow coverways.

The background is black, and the other two colors are a medium gray and a faux linen in charcoal.  These colors don't always have to be grays, either.  One of the mockups below has blues instead of the grays.  White and gray are also options for the background fabric.

The backing is Riley Blake Basic Shades in Granite, available here.



Longarm Quilting


The quilting design is Maze, done in black thread on my HandiQuilter Fusion with ProStitcher.  This is one of my favorite designs, as it has never disappointed.

This would be a great pattern to practice straight-line quilting, using the strips in the design as guides for your presser foot.



All the Sizes!


The Woven Threads quilt pattern includes all the sizes - 5 in all - Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.  Any size you want to make, you're covered!

This is the Twin size, made by my professional sewist, Kare.



Strip Pieced for the Win!


Of course, it's strip pieced!  I ♥ strip piecing because it saves so much time.  You won't be sewing individual squares together one by one.  Sew some strips, press, cut, and sew again.  Easy peasy!

I would consider this an advanced beginner quilt pattern as it assumed a previous knowledge of basic piecing skills.






Try an Ombre Effect!


Woven Threads is not only a rainbow quilt pattern; it can be an ombre quilt pattern for a single colorway, too.  Here is a plum version with a white background and gray accents.


Another option is using only half of the colors that the pattern calls for and repeating them out from the edges into the center, like this blue one below.  Of course you'd need twice as much of each color than the pattern says if you're using half of the number of fabrics given in the chart.  This has a light gray background with two shades of blue as the accents.

As you can see, there are loads of possibilities even outside of the rainbow!







Woven Threads Quilt Kit!


Oh happy day!  Woven Threads has been kitted by Connecting Threads in Weathered Tonals!  This is the Twin size, and it's available right here.



The Woven Threads quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop.

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October 12, 2021

Gridwork Throw Quilt in Painterly Petals!

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Today I'm sharing another Gridwork Throw quilt.  Gridwork is the newest pattern in the Busy Hands Quilts pattern line, and it's jelly roll and stash friendly!  I dug through my jelly roll stash to find just the right one for this quilt.

Gridwork is a fun and modern strip-pieced quilt.  The pattern comes in multiple sizes from Throw to King.



Strip Pieced Gridwork Throw Quilt


This quilt is entirely strip pieced, and you will love how quickly it goes together!  Of course you could sew together individual rectangles if you choose too, but why not save those little rectangles for a different project and enjoy the fun of quick strip piecing?!

If you're new to strip piecing and wondering what all the talk is about, here's a mini explanation.  Strip piecing is sewing together long-ish strips of fabric, sometimes just two, and sometimes many more.  This unit is then called a Strip Set.  After the Strip Set is pressed, it is laid out on a cutting mat and segments are cut perpendicular to the seam in a specified width.  The units are then called Segments.  The segments are resewn together in a certain method to create the desired block.  A pattern can have more than one Strip Set type (the arrangement of the print/background strips within the strip set) in order to create multiple different segments that when joined together create the desired block.  

That's Strip Piecing in a nutshell!



Gridwork Quilt Pattern


Gridwork is a fun and modern quilt pattern.  It's stash-friendly for most of us because we have jelly rolls or strips in this size floating around in our stash.  

Multiple Quilt Sizes


Gridwork includes 4 quilt sizes in the instructions:

    *    Lap quilt size

    *    Throw quilt size

    *    Queen bed size

    *    King bed size.

The Baby and Twin aren't included because they didn't work out mathematically, unfortunately.  My patterns include as many sizes as possible, so it's disappointing when the Baby and Twin can't be featured in them.  But hey, four sizes isn't too bad!  :)



Machine Quilting


This Gridwork Throw size quilt is quilted with Ribbon Curls, a digital design I recently discovered.  I was looking for a new swirly design, and this fit the bill.  The quilting is in light great thread, done on my HandiQuilter Fusion with ProStitcher.

Gridwork would be the perfect quilt to practice straight-line machine quilting on since you could use the rectangles as guides for the rows of stitching.



Bright and Bold Fabrics!


The fabrics used in this Gridwork quilt is the Painterly Petals fabric collection by Robert Kaufman.  It's a fantastic collection of abstract flower petals in a rainbow of colors.  I ♥ it!  It's an older collection, but it's still available!   You will find Painterly Petals right here.

The backing and binding are made with one of my favorite prints from the collection in bright blue, teal, and purple.  














I hope you've enjoyed Gridwork as much as I've enjoyed sharing it with you.  I can't wait to see what you make with the pattern.  :)

Gridwork is now available in the Busy Hands Quilts pattern shop!

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