The Sketch Quilt sewing pattern is one of many projects featured in Making 6 / Black and White. In the magazine, Kristine, the designer of this project and co-owner of Verb writes:
When I approached this project, I wanted to use a sewing technique which would lend itself to the act of sketching. This is not so much an exercise in matching corners and seams as one might find in more traditional quilting, instead, it is about playing with design, balance, and the scale of the chocolate brown woven fabric versus the plain white fabric. I landed upon the free-form technique of strip piecing (sometimes referred to as strip quilting). I went for a more minimalist approach, but your sketch and quilt may be denser, with more strips, creating more lines. The technique of strip piecing is easily adaptable.
We have several kit options available! Kristine's sample in the magazine was made with the Khadi - Black kit. The organic cotton cloth in this kit is hand-spun, hand-woven, and naturally dyed in India. There are also khadi kits available in Acacia (brown) and Indigo (blue)*.
Two newer additions include naturally dyed batik and khadi fabric for the accent fabrics. The batik fabric is naturally-dyed by a women's collective in Java, Indonesia, named Batik Tulis Kebon Indah. Each pattern is hand-drawn onto the fabric with a tool called a canting and hot wax. The fabric is then dyed. The steps of applying wax and dyeing are repeated approximately 12-20 times before the wax is finally removed from the fabric, completing the process, and revealing the magical swirling layers of line and color. The color options are a Warm palette and a Mahogany / Indigo palette.*
*Due to variations, fabrics may not be an exact match to the photo but will be in the color family as described.
Please note, this kit does not include instructions. Please purchase a copy of Making Magazine No. 6 Black and White or add the Sketch Quilt Pattern PDF to your cart below.
The Sketch Quilt kit includes enough fabric to create one 42" x 54" quilt:
- 1 ¾ yds [1.6 m] of 44" [1.1 m] wide Fabric A; 100% cotton white double gauze
- 3 ¼ yds [3 m] of 44" [1.1 m] wide Fabric B; 100% cotton off-white khadi
- (4) ⅛ yds [11.4 cm] each of 42-44" [1.1 m] wide Fabrics C-F; 100% cotton (khadi or batik)
- sashiko needles
- sashiko thread
Supplies you will need (not included in kit):
- Making No. 6 Black and White or Sketch Quilt Pattern PDF (add to your cart below)
- 1.25 yards cotton batting (at least 54" wide)
- Acrylic quilting ruler
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Hera marking tool
- White cotton thread
- Sewing machine
- Safety pins (for basting)
- Sewing needle
When working with fabric, thread, and fiber dyed with indigo, it is common and natural for the blue dye to rub off on one’s hands while sewing. This is called crocking. Although the goods have been washed, it takes pressured contact to release the extra indigo dye. Your handwork is part of the indigo dyeing process. The blue dye can be removed with hot water and soap. From working closely with indigo dyed materials through the making process, typically, the excess dye has been removed, and the crocking will cease.
Please note the fiber content of the material you are working with, and follow the applicable instructions:
Cotton or linen - Machine washable on cool cycle with pH neutral soap. Lay flat to dry.
Superwash Wool - Machine washable on cool cycle with pH neutral soap, though hand wash recommended. Lay flat to dry.
Wool and Wool blends - Handwash only in lukewarm water with pH neutral soap. Lay flat to dry.
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