Tips For Quilting With Batik Fabric

10 Tips for Quilting with Batik Fabric

Visit any quilt or fabric shop and you are bound to come across the batik section. For people who don’t know, batik is a process of dyeing fabric using a wax resist method. Batiks have been around for a long time. While there is evidence that batiks date back to Egyptian times, the island of Java in Indonesia is best known for it. Today, batiks are made by many fabric manufacturers and are popular in the quilting world. If you plan on using them, here are 10 tips for quilting with batik fabric.

Note that these are general tips that I have come up with after quilting for about 30 years. Every batik, and every user, is different.

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9 Awesome Memory Quilt Ideas

Awesome Memory Quilt Ideas

Has your child grown out of their baby clothes? Has a loved one passed away? Before discarding their clothing items, consider making a cherished keepsake, like one of these awesome memory quilt ideas.

Memory quilts are a wonderful way to preserve special moments, like birthdays, graduations, weddings and deaths. Each one is unique, and treasured by families.

They can be made from almost any type of clothing item or accessory, and in any size. In this article you’ll find 9 articles to inspire you, plus a bonus idea for all of the scraps you’ll have after making your quilt.

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Men’s Handkerchief Memory Quilt Tutorial

Men's Handkerchief Memory Quilt Tutorial - Free Pattern

A little while ago, after a very long illness, my father passed away. He was a creative man who appreciated, and made, all kinds of art. I was lucky enough to inherit his artistic gene, and I always knew that I would make something from some of his things after he died. So, even though writing this men’s handkerchief memory quilt tutorial was difficult for me, it was also been a big step in my healing process.

My father was never without a handkerchief in his pocket. Even when he was bedridden, he would have a clean one by the side of his bed. My brother and I still chuckle, remembering how we would roll our eyes when Dad would pull out is handkerchief to wipe our messy faces. It’s one of things I will always remember about him.

He was a down-to-earth guy, so whenever we bought him new ones, we would get the simple plaid patterns because those were his favorites.

To me, those plaid handkerchiefs just screamed out to be turned into a quilt. At first I thought I’d make a larger quilt, but then realized that other family members would appreciate a quilt as well. That’s how the idea of this wall hanging came to be, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Loved turning my dad's handkerchiefs into a quilt

It’s a relatively easy quilt to make, but because the handkerchiefs are so lightweight, an extra step is needed to stabilize them.

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Stunning Ways to Display Quilts

16 stunning ways to display quilts around your house.

Quilts are found throughout home décor these days. They’ve been around for centuries, but traditionally they were more utilitarian. Today you can find quilts in every room of the house, and they aren’t just for keeping you warm anymore. If you have one that you want to show off, check out these 16 stunning ways to display quilts. There is bound to be one that you’ll like.

Display Do’s and Don’ts

Before you choose one of these stunning ways to display quilts, keep a few things in mind.

  • Never display a quilt in direct sunlight. The fabric will fade and the quilt will be ruined. You’d be surprised how quickly sun can fade it.
  • Switch out quilts from time to time. They will get dusty, and larger quilts may start to sag, which can lead to the stitching unravelling.
  • Use caution when choosing which display method to use. Antique quilts (and many new ones) are quite fragile, and some may be worth quite a bit of money. You may not want to have special ones on the back of a chair, where anyone can pick them up.
  • Don’t use anything anything adhesive on a quilt. I learned that lesson the hard way years ago by displaying an antique quilt with velcro. The adhesive ruined the fabric on the back.
  • Don’t stick nails in a quilt to hang it. They will tear the fabric and could get rusty and stain it.
  • If you are not sure how to care for your quilt, this article on quilt care and storage, can help guide you.
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July Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

My July Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge - createwithclaudia.com - #quilting

I had a feeling that the July entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge was going to be a tough one for me. Aqua was the color prompt and I knew that I didn’t have a lot of that color on hand. Also, the block has flying geese in it, and to be honest, that is not my favorite pattern.

While I absolutely love that way flying geese look in quilts, I have always had a problem sewing them. I don’t know why. I think it might be because I overthink it a bit. Whatever the reason, going into the July challenge, I knew I had my work cut out for me.

When I started this process back in January, I decided to go with batiks. I love working with them and, fortunately, I have a nice collection of them to choose from. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include many aquas. In fact, I could only find one aqua and one cream colored fabric with aqua in it.

Lo and behold, the block turned out great, and with Jen’s instructions, I easily assembled my nemesis block unit, the flying geese! Now I have all kinds of ideas for a quilt incorporating the pattern.

I have been delighted with this challenge so far. I’ve learned some new quilting methods, and I’ve been pushed to use colors I don’t normally work with. In fact, with the exception of the May block, I’ve been able to use batiks from my fabric stash. Because the colors are inspired by flowers, I’ve also learned a little bit about gardening too.

What’s Next

Now that my July entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 monthly color challenge is finished, I’m ready for August, but I’m just going to have to be patient.

The color prompt for next month is red orange that is inspired by the marigold flower. It’s going to be another bright one and I can’t wait. If you like challenges, and like the blocks we’ve done so far, check out the Patterns by Jen website for more information. You’ll love it!

Here’s What I’ve Done So Far

My January through April blocks
The May lime green block really popped!