Free quilt pattern for batiks—and Jelly Rolls!

Detail of Purple Daze batik quilt--free downloadAre 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.

Purple Daze quilt from Quilt Batik!
“Purple Daze” by Cheryl Brown. Finished quilt: 67½" x 79½"; finished blocks: 6″ x 6″ and 18″ x 18″.

Sign in or register at our site to download Cheryl’s free batik quilt pattern.

We asked Cheryl to share a little behind-the-scenes dish about the creation of “Purple Daze.” Here’s what she had to say.

Cheryl BrownWhen I made the first sketch of “Purple Daze,” I designed a daisy appliqué in the large squares. But because some people find batiks hard to appliqué, I started thinking of an alternative.

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.

Detail of batiks used in the Purple Daze quilt
Batik print created with plants and leaves

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.

Detail of Purple Daze quilt by Cheryl Brown
Detail of “Purple Daze”

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!


Thanks for sharing your story about your gorgeous quilt, Cheryl! You can visit Cheryl at her fun blog, QuilterChic.com. Learn more about how Cheryl chooses batiks for her quilts in this post.

“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.

Quilts from Quilt Batik!
“September” uses 14 earth-toned and bright batik fat quarters; “Hip to Be Square” uses 18 jewel-toned fat quarters. Click to see a gallery of quilts from
the book.

Quilts from Quilt Batik!
“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.

Quilts from Quilt Batik!
“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.

Quilts from Quilt Batik!
“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.

Quilts from Quilt Batik!
“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.

Sign in or register at our site to download Cheryl’s free batik quilt pattern.


What have you made with batiks—or are you inspired to begin a batik binge today? Share your story in the comments!


34 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Me gusta son telas bellas y usted las combina de manera armoniosa y facil gracias

    Translation: I like they are fine fabrics and you combine them harmoniously and easy thank you

    —Maria Elena on February 4, 2014
  • Adoro tudo mas quero saber como faço para pagar e baixar DOWNLOAD,POR FAVOR AGUARDO ORIENTAÇÃO ABS NEIDE

    Translation: I love everything but want to know how do I pay for and DOWNLOAD, PLEASE AWAIT GUIDANCE ABS NEIDE

    Neide, the pattern featured in this post is free-all you have to do is go to our website and sign up. I hope this helps! Cornelia/Customer Service

    —neide zampol on February 4, 2014
  • I love to piece and quilt with Batiks – last project super – size king desert 9 patch with all the colors of batiks I love! it is radiant!

    —C.Z. on February 4, 2014
  • As a relatively new quilter I have only purchased a small stash of batik fabric. My absolute favorite was a red and green holiday assortment. I made a pretty table runner to gift to my yoga instructor who loves the Hawaiian islands and incorporates the flowers and plants of the islands into our classes. It turned out to be one of my prettiest projects and she loved it.
    I also love the picture of "Paradise Winds" above and would love to make it.
    Lisa W.

    —Lisa on February 4, 2014
  • I made a quilt with blues and grays, tans .the batiks were so vibrant I ended up keeping the quilt for myself.the batiks seem to engage me to the point I can’t give them up and share the beauty.You can look but not have!!!

    lynne mulcahey on February 4, 2014
  • I recently made a double wedding ring queen size quilt using a wide variety of batiks for the rings. It turned out so beautiful, but hardly made a dent in my batik stash! I sure could use Cheryl’s book to help me attack this beautiful stack of batiks I actually have in baskets on a shelf so I can enjoy seeing them.

    —Paula on February 4, 2014
  • I made a wall hanging of six of my favorite blocks. There were six of each block, the same block six times in a vertical row. I offset them by a 2-inch strip, alternating which side it was on, so they were not in a straight row. It’s one of my favorite quilts, about 45×45. I hang it at work and all of the engineers peer at it, trying to see how those blocks are constructed. 🙂

    —Jill Ellis on February 4, 2014
  • I put myself wayyyy out of my comfort zone and entered an International quilt contest. It was the Jelly Roll Quilters contest and of course I didn’t win but it was a great experience. I used Timeless Treasures Tonga Treats. I have it across our bed with two pillows that were made from the few scraps left over.

    —Barbara Dolan on February 4, 2014
  • I’m still collecting them……Getting close to be able to make a quilt..
    All of these really give me a lot of patterns to pick from….Thanks!!!

    —Theresa M on February 4, 2014
  • I’ve made lap quilts, table toppers and recently finished a table runner, placemats, mug rugs and several pillows using batiks…love them so much I’m using them as well for a sew along I joined!!!! Thanks for sharing this pretty quilt and pattern 🙂

    Terry on February 4, 2014
  • I’ve made a star quilt for my sister, an autumn-leaf wall hanging and 2 really cool braided-style tote bags with batiks. I absolutely love batiks — they are so blend-able and the colors are just scrumptious! I’m hoping to make something new with what’s left in my stash soon.

    Susan Mulvihill on February 4, 2014
  • Can hardly wait to receive the free pattern…..Sydne

    —Sydne Anderson on February 4, 2014
  • Just look at my design wall any time! I design & create with batik all the time. Most of my show quilts that have won ribbons are all batik. In looking at the gallery of quilts in the book, there’s a couple I’d dearly like to make! Maybe I can diminish my stash even more!

    —Cindy Stowe on February 4, 2014
  • I use batiks for many things but was inspired from the quilts in this book. I have some waiting and will use it in something similar soon. very pretty designs!

    —diane on February 4, 2014
  • I am making a quilt using a fat quarter bundle of batiks right now! I’m designing as I go along – I’ve started with some Ohio stars. My plan is to alternate with light and dark backgrounds. What could possibly go wrong, I wonder. Oh well, I’ll find out soon enough, won’t I?

    —Suzie on February 4, 2014
  • I’ve made several projects from batiks. The first quilt I made [about two years ago] was a table topper done in Christmas batiks. A quilter friend gave me the gift of a beginner’s class and I chose batiks because I love the way they look. I guess my friend knew I would become hooked. Right now I’m working on a lap quilt made from various blocks from Martingale’s book 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks by Carol Doak – made with batiks and blenders.

    —D. L. Grzybowski on February 4, 2014
  • Lovely patterns. I would probably use quilting cottons from my stash, rather than go buy batiks.

    —Lynne on February 4, 2014
  • I haven’t made anything yet,but I have a LARGE stash of both fat quarters and yardage just waiting for this great day of finding Cheryl’s pattern! Thank you so much Cheryl. My favorite piece I have is a purple one so this is just perfect.

    —Missy on February 4, 2014
  • I am now inspired. I have never sewn with a batik. I don’t even know where or what shop sells batiks.

    —carol on February 4, 2014
  • I’ve only made one batik quilt so far. It was a Turning Twenty quilt I made for my oldest daughter t made last year. I am looking forward to making more batik quilts. I love Cheryl’s Purple Daze quilt.

    —Cecilia on February 4, 2014
  • A king-sized (my first) bargello (another first) – with batik jelly rolls.

    —Diane on February 4, 2014
  • My husband made a queen sized quilt with batiks, and I’ve made a lap quilt. With the scraps I’m doing a paper pieced Christmas tree wall hanging. Now I have another quilt to make, and a book to buy, it looks like. LOL

    —Cindy Dahlgren on February 4, 2014
  • I LOVE, Love, love batiks! I made a BOM for a friend and used black and gray to make the colors "pop." he’s an art teacher and shows the students how to make batik fabrics. I also made a table runner, bargello style. I’m "hoarding" more batiks for another quilt. I haven’t yet decided what pattern, but I know batiks will be in my future! I can’t live without them!

    —Rosemary on February 4, 2014
  • I love the sawtooth star with scappy batiks.Thank you for the free pattern — I see them both in my near quilting future! I just need to buy some more background beige batik! Off to shop!

    —Sara on February 4, 2014
  • I love using batiks, and try to put a few in every quilt I make. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. My favorite quilt I made with batiks is my son’s Eagle quilt. And I plan on making the next son’s Eagle quilt with batiks as well.

    —Denise on February 5, 2014
  • I love batiks, but didn’t like the price! I fell heir to some and boy I’m hooked. They press up so sharp. And, the colors. I made a king sized Burgoyne Surrounded with black and scrappy batik, then realized all 80 of my 1.5″ 9 patch cornerstones were backward, so had to make them all over. Then I found a pattern for Autumn at the White House that called for the 9 patches the way I made them wrong, so that became another quilt. I’m taking a mystery class tomorrow that will use batik jelly rolls–can’t wait to see what it becomes. Most of the quilts become Quilts of Valor.

    Barbara Winkler on February 6, 2014
  • I really do like batiks and the way you can use them to accent or blend with other fabrics. I haven’t used them much but my daughter seems to make good use of the ones I buy.

    —Louise Buker on February 8, 2014
  • Batiks, those wonderful hand dyed fabrics that look like jewels. One would have to be a grumpy old troll living under a bridge to not like them.

    I have used them since being a neophyte quilter. They look good combined with regular cotton prints, and spectacular when used all by themselves.

    Would never dream of making a quilt from a Judy Nyemeyer pattern without batiks.

    You do not have to rely strictly on using the bright batiks. Our block swap Bee is exchanging blocks for a quilt using only dark batiks with a cream colored batik as a background. The blocks look great!

    —Crazy Cuban on February 8, 2014
  • When sewers write in another language, I think it would be helpful to them to respond in their language. You are assuming they will understand your answer if they read the post in English. That may not be true.

    Hi Sheilah, you make a good point. The reason we don’t publish our responses in foreign languages is because we use Google Translate to translate reader comments–and sometimes the resulting translations are very unclear. To avoid any miscommunication of our responses, we answer in English. That way we ensure our responses are communicated correctly to the commenter, and to anyone else reading as well. Thanks for your comment! ~Jenny

    —Sheilah on February 9, 2014
  • I am currently making 2 quilts from batiks. Both are block-of-the-month samplers. One is for my daughter and inspired by the colors in peacock feathers. The other if made of soft blues and golds and is for me. I am almost done but the finish line was pushed back by a shoulder injury. they are beautiful and I can’t wait until they both become fixtures in my home.

    —Kathy Renz on February 9, 2014
  • I have done a quilt nine block patch ..109.by 109
    I have material left and some same 10 nine patch block left
    I want to use this material up and make another quilt..can I do rail fence and put the block scratched
    Threw it???

    Elaine

    Hi Elaine, the answer to your question is: absolutely! Pairing your Nine Patch blocks with Rail Fence blocks sounds both quick and fun. Give it a try and let us know how it turns out! –Jenny

    —Elaine McBane on May 2, 2014
  • I am quite new as a quilter and love blocks with points that look like they are spinning. My first year as a newbie
    I made about 6 difficult 13in blocks and then the next summer a friend helped me to develop a pattern based around
    The 5 large focus blocks and we surrounded them with 4 inch squares of batiks incorporating all the colours from the 5.
    It is now being machine quilted by me and is a bed quilt for a twin size for my daughters college graduation.
    I have learned so much and I’d’ve the final project.
    Janice from Chatham Ontario

    —Janice on October 19, 2014
  • This is great site.
    I love the quilts displayed here.

    —Glennda on July 3, 2015
  • I would love ton download Cheryl’s free batik quilt pattern. I have registered at martingale.com and cannot figure out how to download it. I tried using Chrome as well as Firefox to no avail. Would someone please help me. Thank you! 🙂

    —Vicki on February 16, 2020

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