Stained Glass Pickup Sticks
I designed this technique about 20 years ago. It's part of my Magic Stax bundle of patterns. What I forgot was that I made SO MANY quilts (well, actually 5).
Here's my original quilt which was made with a stack of 10-1/2" squares of batiks. I call it Stained Glass Pickup Stix. It appeared in a quilting magazine around 2007. And also in my 2014 Wall Calendar of Quilts.
|Stained Glass Pickup Stix: 54" x 64"|
Here's my most recent one using some batiks from Michael Miller. I had just enough of the black print insert fabric - whew!
|Pickup Stix using Tropical Batiks by Michael Miller|
Stacks of squares are cut - not randomly, but with a plan. Make 2 cuts in a stack of 4 fabrics and then shuffle them. Each block is made from those 4 patches.
|Stacks of squares cut and shuffled|
Then the thin "stained glass" strips are added and then trimmed.
I made one with some lovely prints in blues and greens. A friend of mine quilted it and it was sold at my local quilt guild's Winter auction.
|Pickup Stix in the June Bug Collection|
Then I made one using some gorgeous Asian inspired prints. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of it quilted!
|Asian inspired prints|
And here's one made by my editor friend, using my pattern for Northcott Fabrics.
|Pickup Stix by Jean Ann Wright, for Northcott Fabrics|
When I taught this 14 years ago, I made up kits for my students for making table runners. Here's one of my class samples:
So, as you can see, sometimes there's a pattern that works with just about any "personality" of fabrics. Check out my Etsy pattern to see more images.