Step 2: Extract random long strips, at least 12 of them. 1-2" wide is good. A few additional short strips are okay, too.
Step 3. At an ironing board or a wider surface, with a non-stick appliqué sheet on top, lay some out straight. Start weaving
Enjoy: Over-and-under is sooooo psychotherapeutic. Go over three if the strip is gorgeous.
Cut some curvy strips and lay those in among other strips.
When happy with an area, swipe a glue stick or appliqué glue under the top strip at intersections and press dry. (In this picture below, I squeezed 'Quilter's Choice Basting Glue' from the bottle - but dipping a toothpick into the glue and inserting it between layers worked better.) Don't do every intersection, just a lot of them.
For the outermost strips, it's easier to use a glue stick.
Now there will be tiny gaps between some strips, so you need a batik background.
Step 4: Lifting carefully, test the woven unit on different batik backgrounds. When you find a background you like, glue the unit down around the edges. Then put the whole thing on a layer of batting.
Now here's where I went wrong. I decided to cover each strip's raw edges with a satin stitch.
This was Saturday afternoon/evening, with my TV playing 'Star Trek: Into Darkness', in which Benedict Cumberbatch, as the evil yet elegant Khan, acts his nostrils out. Seriously, no actor working today has sinuses as expressive as Cumberbatch's. When he is onscreen, I cannot tear my eyes away from the miracle that is the fluid, flaring epicenter of his face.
|(Here's a sketch of BC in a Starfleet uniform that my DD made for me.)|
The more I sewed, the more I recalled that I am not a fan of satin-stitch appliqué; I fretted that the thick lines detracted from the soft transitions between batiks.
We all neared the dénoument, Khan was interned in a cryogenic pod. and the hero, Captain Kirk/Chris Pine, a reckless teenage jerk until quite recently, delivered a Malala-esque oration at Starfleet headquarters. That's what being raised from the dead via Cumberbatch platelets did for him! I could have used some Cumberbatch platelets to avoid awkward satin stitching decisions! Instead, I retreated to my pod for the night, feeling defeated.
But to my astonishment, when I emerged Sunday morning, and ambled over to look at the quilt again - I quite liked it!
Next week: More improvisational batik weavings. They got better, especially when I used a looser zig-zag instead of a satin stitch.
UPDATE: OMG someone actually made a literal Benedict Cumberbatch quilt! No financial affiliation, it's for sale on etsy, here!