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  1. #51
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    Default Re: Can you tell me why you would like batiks?

    Ok, how much time do I have?
    I love love love batiks. The simple reason is COLOR!!!
    The color is so deep, dark, rich and intense. A good batik is same (almost) on both sides. I have made several quilts using batiks.
    Sew Preeti Quilts: To Greener Pastures...
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Squirrel Kisses
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Paulitiks
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Alex (with Instructions)
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Quilt # 10 - Basket Case

    And some baby quilts too, using pre-cut jelly tolls.
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Sherbet Quilt
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Mistake? No. Scenic Route YES!!!
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Grape Salad

    I can go one but I am sure you get the picture - I love batiks :-)

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    Default Re: Can you tell me why you would like batiks?

    Quote Originally Posted by CraftySweetPeas View Post
    All of these projects are beautiful and the tips are so helpful. If I wash my batik fabrics, and dry them, does one washing get rid of the wax, and I'm able to press the fabric as I would cotton fabric, or do you recommend washing a couple of times?
    I use batiks alot and have never really had a problem with the wax. I always prewash and dry but I do that with all my fabrics not just batiks. And batik is just cotton fabric, just a tighter weave.

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    Default Re: Can you tell me why you would like batiks?

    Quote Originally Posted by c21cg View Post
    i never wash any fabric.. but that's just me... i wash quilts at the end... i would rather have the stiffness in the original sizing than have to starch as I cut and sew.
    And I'm one of those prewashers because I don't like the feel of the sizing. I have noticed though that batiks are so tightly woven they they still have a nice hand and I rarely starch anything. I might if I'm dealing with bias edges but that would be it.

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    Default Re: Can you tell me why you would like batiks?

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    This is my first time using batiks. I made a BGB. I love the vibrant colors.

    I used Kaffe Fassett for the outside and the pen holder.
    Last edited by soul60s; January 7th, 2016 at 08:26 AM.
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    Default Re: Can you tell me why you would like batiks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti View Post
    Ok, how much time do I have?
    I love love love batiks. The simple reason is COLOR!!!
    The color is so deep, dark, rich and intense. A good batik is same (almost) on both sides. I have made several quilts using batiks.
    Sew Preeti Quilts: To Greener Pastures...
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Squirrel Kisses
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Paulitiks
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Alex (with Instructions)
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Quilt # 10 - Basket Case

    And some baby quilts too, using pre-cut jelly tolls.
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Sherbet Quilt
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Mistake? No. Scenic Route YES!!!
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Grape Salad

    I can go one but I am sure you get the picture - I love batiks :-)
    The Basket Case is my all time favorite of your quilts. It's simple yet gorgeous. Just two colors of batiks. I have to make one!
    Hugs,
    Joanne

    There are no mistakes, only happy accidents. - Bob Ross

    A girl needs to surround herself with TONS of happiness.
    Happiness = fabric!

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    Default Re: Can you tell me why you would like batiks?

    I simply use whatever fits in the particular color scheme I have in mind at the time. I'll mix and match anything.

    If the fabric industry seems to be heading for mostly small romantic prints, I'll switch to batiks since those prints usually don't go with what I'm doing.

    I did like small prints for doll clothes, though.

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    Default Re: Can you tell me why you would like batiks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti View Post
    Ok, how much time do I have?
    I love love love batiks. The simple reason is COLOR!!!
    The color is so deep, dark, rich and intense. A good batik is same (almost) on both sides. I have made several quilts using batiks.
    Sew Preeti Quilts: To Greener Pastures...
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Squirrel Kisses
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Paulitiks
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Alex (with Instructions)
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Quilt # 10 - Basket Case

    And some baby quilts too, using pre-cut jelly tolls.
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Sherbet Quilt
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Mistake? No. Scenic Route YES!!!
    Sew Preeti Quilts: Grape Salad

    I can go one but I am sure you get the picture - I love batiks :-)
    Oh and I also love Paulitiks. Very rich.
    Hugs,
    Joanne

    There are no mistakes, only happy accidents. - Bob Ross

    A girl needs to surround herself with TONS of happiness.
    Happiness = fabric!

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    Default Re: Can you tell me why you would like batiks?

    I love batiks because of the colors and the feel of them. I think they're easier to sew with because they are stiffer and don't stretch. I did a JRR for my dad for christmas in "Cold Spell" batiks and I loved working with it. I did a lap quilt for my sister using a jellyroll of blacks and grays, and it drove me absolutely batty because of all the fraying and strings. Love that that isn't an issue with batiks.

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    Default Re: Can you tell me why you would like batiks?

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ID:	123997I made two table runners from batiks. I love them. I was just learning to quilt.Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Can you tell me why you would like batiks?

    I love the way they look and I love the way they handle. They have very little stretch and hold a crease like a dream. They are nice and smooth, even after washed. The only thing I don't like is that sometimes they have a strong odor before they are washed, and I don't prewash my fabric.
    Sheila

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