Batik Modern Traditionalism Quilt Challenge

Modern traditionalism is one of the key principles in modern quilt design and it is one of my favorite jumping off points as well.  So I was very happy to see that the Island Batik Ambassador Challenge for April 2018 is to use a traditional quilt block or design as inspiration.

I chose the traditional 9 patch as my inspiration and used the Fractured Disappearing Nine Patch pattern from my first book, Madly Modern Quilts available online and at local quilt shops. This is also one of my most popular workshops.

Madly Modern Quilts, quilt pattern

The Island Batik Fabrics


These fabrics are from the Island Batik Autumn Grace line and the background fabric shown below is Parchment which is from the Island Batik Basics line.


Modern Traditionalism: Creating the Fractured 9 Patch Blocks

I started by creating traditional 9 patch blocks using 5-1/2″ squares.  I used the background fabric in 5 squares because I wanted as much light and contrast in each block as possible.


Then, I fractured them using the process in my book, Madly Modern Quilts. Here are closeups of some of the fractured blocks.

fractured 9 patch, modern traditionalism, improvisational piecing


After assembling the center, I pieced and added improvisational borders pieced from the leftovers.

modern traditionalism

A lovely pile of leftovers ready to be pieced into an improvisational strip for the borders

Here’s the finished quilt top–I’m setting it aside for now because I may add one more outer border.  So, I’ll come back to it another day to finish it and quilt it.

modern traditional quilt



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14 Responses to Batik Modern Traditionalism Quilt Challenge

  1. piecefulwendy April 19, 2018 at 8:21 am #

    Now this is a neat twist to a nine patch block! What fun!

  2. Jann Warfield April 19, 2018 at 9:44 am #

    I love it, Carole. It really shows off the batiks in a VERY modern way. It should be just what they’re looking for! Nice choices.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw April 20, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

      Thanks Jann! I have some upcoming projects that show off their fabrics even better!

  3. Kathleen McCormick April 19, 2018 at 10:15 am #

    Thanks for showing this technique. Love to learn new ways to do modern!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw April 20, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

      You are very welcome. There are so, so , so many ways to reinvent traditional blocks. I’ll be doing more of this later this year.

  4. Terrie Morgan April 19, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

    Love how you fractured the blocks!! Very creative.

  5. Quilting Tangent April 20, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    Unique design, never saw a factured 9 patch.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw April 20, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

      Thanks! I have this process detailed in my book, Madly Modern Quilts. I love using it to make really unique improvisational blocks.

  6. Susan July 1, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

    LOve the fracturing! Just listened to your podcast—great interview! Thank you.

  7. Carole Lyles Shaw June 16, 2018 at 6:04 pm #



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