We are excited to announce Raj by Jackie Shaprio of French Bull is in stores now. Ride into Raj on a beautiful painted elephant and lounge the day away with this timeless pattern of elegance and intrigue. Mix and match colorful paisleys with an assortment of vibrant floral prints. Get creative with this magical collection and make all sorts of fun projects that are perfect for the modern lifestyle.
Today I have a great tutorial from Alison Robins of Little Island Quilting using Raj. If you are not familair with Alison's work she is a blogging quilter from a tiny little island between England and France who is obsessed with making quilts!
Enjoy and Happy Quilting!
So this is Raj by French Bull from Windham Fabrics and I love its colorful exuberance.
Ready to get cutting and snipping?I started with half yard cuts of all the collection.
I took the tone-on-tone colors and cut them up into strips WOF (width of fabric).
It's up to you what height you make them but I chose 5, 4 and 3 inches
I also added in a couple of the fabrics from the previous Windham Fabrics collection I worked with - Ziggy.
I cut each strip randomly in half and inserted one of the multi-coloured fabrics from the line - these pieces measured 6" wide.
I then sewed all the rows together. Nice and easy.
Next we're going to make some bias binding strips.
I chose to make mine 1/2" wide and used a Clover bias binding tool to make mine. I also chose to use green to pick up on the green used sparingly in some of the fabrics.
It's totally easy to make bias binding without one of these or you could go a step further and buy it ready made. Bit like shop bought puff pastry...no one will know unless you tell them ;-)
Then I sewed three strips of the bias binding in a curved fashion randomly down the quilt top.
Next you need to go back to the multi-coloured fabrics and start cutting out individual flowers. How many is entirely up to you.
Now you are going to applique them at random points along your bias binding strip. Before you do this though, place a piece of batting underneath the quilt top and directly underneath your shape.
Using a thread colour that blends in (I used invisible thread) and using the free motion quilting foot on your machine, carefully sew round the edge of each shape a couple of times.
The back should look like this.
Using a small (anything under 5" would be good) and sharp pair of scissors, carefully cut away the excess batting as close as you can get to the stitching edge. I'm not going to lie - this is a bit tedious and you can't drop off while doing it otherwise you'll end up snipping into the fabric.
That said, you could miss the batting bit out completely and applique the shapes to the quilt top without it. It just won't have the same effect at the end so if I was you I'd hang on in there.I then added a border - 5" wide, sandwiched the quilt together and free motion quilted the layers together, using invisible thread on the top. If you do dense FMQ close to the batting flowers, they will stand out more from the rest of the quilt which is the general idea.
Possibly this image gives you a better picture.
Then all you need to do is add a binding of your choice and you're done.
And the back.
And the front again. Just because.