This is one of those times that I knew exactly what I wanted to do when we got our new challenge theme and I was so excited ! Inspired by Anna Faustino's book, "Simply Stunning Woven Quilts," I turned to page 31 and found the perfect model. I've previously made several "woven" quilts, and was eager to add some new techniques to the weaving process. Fabric selection: 6 pale yellow to bright orange/red hand-dyed fabrics; 6 pale lavender to deep purple hand-dyed fabrics; 1 deep red hand-dyed; 1 deep black hand-dyed; bright orange-glittery tulle.
Block construction: (1) Make two identical 13" x 13" Log Cabin blocks in the courtyard style with the yellow to orange/red and lavender to purple fabrics. (2) Then cut two circles (one deep red and one black). Applique one circle onto each block using a zigzag stitch. From the back side of the Log Cabin blocks, cut away the pieced-block fabric under the appliqued circle to eliminate the extra layers.
(3) Fuse "Wonder Under" (or other adhesive) to the backs of both blocks, and cut the blocks in strips [as shown in the book]: one with vertical curvy strips and the other with horizontal curvy strips. (When cutting through the circles, use the parallel and meridian lines of a globe to make the circle look like a sphere.)
Weaving the blocks together is described in Ms. Faustino's book starting on page 24. The major challenge here was to get the deep red, and black "circles" to line-up with each other; this was a bit more challenging than I'd anticipated ! When I was satisfied with the weaving process, I placed the quilt on top of my batting; placed bright orange-glittery tulle over the top, and free-motion quilted through all layers using Madeira mono-filament thread in both the top and bobbin. The glittery tulle added just the right 'punch' to make this little quilt glow !
To bind and finish this piece, I used what I describe as a "keyhole" binding technique. I cut a circle in my backing fabric, and using a contrasting fabric "faced" the cut-out circle to cover the raw edges. With right sides together, I sewed the backing fabric (that had the cut out circle) and the quilt together around all 4 sides. Then.... gently pulled the quilt through that cut out / faced circle. Voila ! all edges were concealed ! I pressed the quilt, then hand stitched that faced-circle to close up the opening. [The next time I use this technique, I'll take pictures of the back to better illustrate what it looks like !]