Are you a quilter who loves batiks, buys batiks, and stashes batiks…and doesn’t know quite what to do with them? For many quilters, batiks are easy to acquire; the challenge is finding just the right quilt patterns for batiks. Today, batik lovers are in luck! Cheryl Brown, author of Quilt Batik!, has kindly allowed us to share a gorgeous pattern from her book with you. Now’s the time to play with the batiks you have—or to let their exotic beauty lead you in a new direction.
If you’ve accumulated a few Bali Pops along the way (a.k.a. batik Jelly Rolls), you’re in for an even sweeter treat—Cheryl’s “Purple Daze” quilt below calls for forty 2½" strips! (But you could easily cut strips from yardage too.) Follow the pattern as Cheryl shows you how to make the most of these easy-to-buy but sometimes tricky-to-use fabrics.
We asked Cheryl to share a little behind-the-scenes dish about the creation of “Purple Daze.” Here’s what she had to say.
I’ve always loved the Ohio Star block, and I loved the idea of a “double” Ohio Star, with a small star in the center of a larger star. This quilt seemed like the perfect opportunity to do just that! I had a Bali Pop of wonderful jewel-toned batiks. I also had a fabulous piece of purple batik, which was made with a specialized technique that involves using actual plants or leaves to create subtle botanical prints. The pieces of greenery are placed on the fabric during the drying process to produce areas that are lighter in color.
I decided to surround the stars with simple square-in-a-square blocks, alternating the blocks so that a lighter block was next to a darker block.
Lastly, I wanted to repeat the points of the stars in the borders, so I ended each border with a flying-geese unit. This quilt was actually a lot of fun to design and make, and I was happy with the result. I hope you enjoy making your own version!
“Purple Daze” is one of a dozen quilts from Cheryl’s book Quilt Batik!—most of which use fat quarters and/or Bali Pops and Jelly Rolls. Check below to see how your batik stash matches up with Cheryl’s beautiful quilts.
“Tangerine Summers” uses 20 green and orange batik fat quarters; “Night and Day” uses 18 blue, purple, yellow, and orange fat quarters. Click to see a gallery of quilts from the book.
“Power to the People” uses 16 bright batik fat quarters; “Paradise Winds” uses seven jewel-toned fat quarters. Click to see a gallery of quilts from the book.
“Pink of Perfection” uses seven assorted batik fat quarters in pink, burgundy, and red; scrappy “Pastelmania” uses seven pastel fat quarters plus a Bali Pop/Jelly Roll. Click to see a gallery of quilts from the book.
“Winter Stars” uses six gray and cream batik fat quarters; “Reverse Psychology” uses 10 bright green and yellow fat quarters. Click to see a gallery of quilts from the book.
What have you made with batiks—or are you inspired to begin a batik binge today? Share your story in the comments!