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Cleopatra's Fan Batik Lap Quilt

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This lovely batik lap quilt is made up of "Cleopatra's Fan" quilt blocks, set on point. The background and setting triangles are just beautiful and go so nicely with all the various fabrics that went into the two Cleopatra's Fan block variations. The setting triangles are a gorgeous batik with so much movement and flow, a peach with some green highlights. Just zoom in on the batik, and you'll see how gorgeous it really is (I think that despite the beautiful cleo's fan blocks, this peach batik is the star of the quilt).

For anyone that's interested, I thought I'd give a brief description about the actual construction of the Cleopatra's Fan block. The foundation of the block are the individual elements (or pieces) created using a large set of templates. Then, the template pieces are sewn together, one side at a time, and finally the block is completed by sewing the two sides of the block right down the middle. The fourth picture, the corner of the quilt, is a perfect example of just one Cleopatra's Fan block, which also illustrates perfectly what is meant by "setting on point," i.e. turning the square block 45 degrees so that it resembles a diamond rather than a square, a technique which I just LOVE to do (this entire quilt is set "on point"). There are plenty of curves involved, and although I'm a very experienced quilter (25 years worth), it was quite a challenge, but a rewarding one. I love this quilt and plan to make quite a few more because I think it's a wonderful block that makes for a stunning quilt!

The border is mitered, and the double fold, mitered binding is a slightly darker copper batik, and it is hand finished.

I used a quilting pattern called Windy Day, it provides very good coverage and goes beautifully with the botanical nature of batik fabrics.

The backing is a pieced using a very pretty dark peach batik which has lots of red and green highlights throughout. I didn't have quite enough of the botanical peach batik, so there are two identical strips of mottled copper batik running along each side of the backing.

I absolutely love working with the batik fabrics, they are just so rich and the colors and patterns are quite vibrant and they make a wonderful palette for us fiber artists to work with.

The batting is Hobbs Heirloom, the quilt is made entirely of pre-washed 100% cotton batik.

This quilt would make a very striking wall hanging, yet it's large enough to be used as a cozy lap quilt.

Quilt Dimensions: 51.5" x 60"

Cleopatra's Fan Batik Lap Quilt


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cotton, batting, thread, batik
  • Ships worldwide from California, United States
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