my prototype for the Shifting Shadows pattern.
For many years, a bundle of three fabrics sat in my stash, waiting for the right pattern. Who knew that I would end up making/writing one to fit the fabric?
After cutting up the print into 5 1/2" squares that featured the cute animals, I was left with a mess of swiss cheese.
Hmm, save this for later. It may be useful, no matter how hole-y!
Wanting a large block, I started with what I thought was a proportional shadow size. After sewing all of the blocks, I determined a shadow needs to be rather narrow. So off went a smidge of shadow, for a final block size of 6 1/2". Reasonable size. Check out the 6 inch Shadow Block Tutorial to make your own!
Then the creativity kicked in for the block arrangement and the sashing, and presto! a quilt was born.
The front used two of the three fabrics in the bundle, the animal print and the color washed background. Designing with a modern bent, this quilt does not have borders, and looks great in the pretty pastels.
Now for the back. Still had fabric #3, which would have also been cute on the front. Love the folds, don't you?
Well, said fabric was too small for the back, but if I turned it,
the width was perfect. All I needed to do was add 12 - 15".
Enter the swiss cheese. Staying with a length of 5 1/4" (totally random - it fit the fabric!), I started cutting various widths, ending up with a stack of usable fabric (bottom), some pieces for the scrap bin (right), and pieces to the trash (left).
Since the widths varied, I sewed them with leftover shadow fabric, arranging them in narrow to wide and wide to narrow rows, with the background sashing in between the two rows.
Cutting into a third of fabric #3 and stitching in the panel, now provides a backing that is a perfect size for the quilt.
As for quilting, I used my favorite panto Bluster,
which is nice, but this quilt design really needs custom quilting. And that's why Jungle was created,
which has it's own story for another day.
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