What to make with batiks? Your stash awaits… (+ giveaway)

Night and Day quilt detailWho wants to ’fess up to having an exotic, lush, gorgeous, and hefty stash of batiks—that you’ve barely cut into? If you’re like me, the striking colors and unusual textures of batiks grab you at the quilt shop and won’t let go…so you bring the lovely stacks home. But once they’re nestled all snug in your stash, they seem too beautiful (or too bright, or too bewildering) to commit to a quilt.

To understand how to use batiks for quilting, you’ve got to talk to someone who has a zealous passion for them. And author Cheryl Brown has loved batiks ever since she made her first quilt—with batiks!

Cheryl's first quilt Cheryl's first quilt--detail
Cheryl’s first quilt, made in the early ’90s. Hand quilted, no less. Look at those stitches. Impressive for a first-timer!

I had the opportunity to visit Cheryl at her home in Centerville, Utah, to talk with her about her new book, Quilt Batik! In it, Cheryl presents quilt patterns for batiks that are simple to sew, making it easy to finally use your batiks for quilting—not just for decoration!

As a quilter with a substantial batik stash, I asked Cheryl a question that you may be wishing to ask her as well: when it comes to batik designs, how do you decide what goes with what? She was very kind to let me videotape her on the spot demonstrating just that! This quick how-to video gives a glimpse into the process Cheryl uses for choosing batik fabrics, starting with a multicolored print.

She makes it look easy—and truly, it is! Choosing one multicolored print to start with gives you a strong foundation to build on. Cheryl used this technique to choose the fabrics for her quilt “September.”

September quilt from Quilt Batik!
See how a broad selection of batiks all coordinate with the multicolored main print? Beautiful!

Colorways are another element Cheryl relies on when creating batik designs. She’s created a dozen quilt patterns for batiks in several colorways, and in Quilt Batik!, she shows you how you can do it too.

The first colorway Cheryl covers is her favorite—brights.

Bright batiks
These batiks are characterized by vibrant saturations of color and can range from lime green to hot pink, as Cheryl shows in “Power to the People.”

Power to the People quilt

Closely related to brights are jewel tones.

Jewel-toned batiks
These colors have strong saturation and are characterized by deep purples, blues, greens, and reds. This colorway is used in “Paradise Winds.”

Paradise Winds quilt

Earth tones are darker, more muted, and less saturated with color.

Earth-toned batiks
Categorize browns, tans, dark greens, and muted yellows in this group. This colorway is featured in “Purple Daze,” mixed in with jewel-toned batiks.

Purple Daze quilt

Pastels make up another colorway.

Pastel batiks
These batiks have light saturations and values. They include soft pinks, yellows, greens, and light violets, as you can see in “Pastelmania.”

Pastelmania quilt

A number of specialty batiks incorporate different methods of creating dye-resist areas on fabric.  Striped batiks are one example.

Striped batiks
Stripes add a lot of interest and make great borders and bindings, too. Cheryl used a vivacious stripe for the outer border in the quilt “Tangerine Summers.”

Tangerine Summers quilt

Finally, you’ll find batiks that are made as specialty prints.

Specialty batiks
The photo above includes batiks with animal themes, Christmas themes, and even themes related to Alaska (thanks to Cheryl’s sister-in-law, who found them while on vacation in that state). Cheryl used a fun batik printed with Christmas trees in the quilt “Winter Stars.”

Winter Stars quilt

Starting to get a few ideas for using your batik stash? (Suddenly, I have too many ideas and not enough batiks!)

In addition to strategies for using batiks, Cheryl’s quilts feature quick, easy piecing (many beginner friendly!) and the thoughtful details that her designs are known for. (See quilts from Cheryl’s first book for more of her surprising touches.)

My visit with this talented designer was both fun and enlightening—thanks for being such a gracious host, Cheryl! As a bonus, I got to meet the two newest members of the Brown family: Zinger and Twinkie.

Zinger and Twinkie
There’s something so sweet about seeing a kitten sleeping on a quilt. Twinkie, you stole my heart!

See the rest of the projects from Quilt Batik! in the slideshow below; follow Cheryl on her blog.

Quilt Batik!Are you a batik admirer, collector . . . hoarder? What’s the last thing you made with batiks—and what are you planning to make next?

Share your batik story in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the Quilt Batik! eBook. We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. (You can also purchase Cheryl’s book here and download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Sheila, who said:

“I love batiks and have quite a collection of them. Right now I am making a Radiant Star quilt using blue and green batiks. I would really enjoy winning this book. Thank you for the opportunity.”

Sheila, we’ll email you about your free eBook. Congratulations!

Night and Day

“Night and Day”

It’s Hip to Be Square

“It’s Hip to Be Square”

Pink of Perfection

“Pink of Perfection”

Reverse Psychology

“Reverse Psychology”

Simply Irresistible

“Simply Irresistible”


  • Batiks have come a long way. There are so many beautiful designs out now. Yes I am a hoarder. As a matter of fact, my daughter traveled to Indonesia this past summer, and the one thing I asked was "bring me some batiks!" They are gorgeous, yet I don’t know what to make with them. This book would give me so much inspiration. Thanks!

    Jocelyn on October 15, 2012
  • I’ve made a tote bag out of batiks. After reading this post I’m going to find some more projects to do so I can buy more batiks!

    —lindawwww on October 15, 2012
  • I’m slowly getting my batik collection to grow. Sometimes I don’t know how to use them. They are absolutely beautiful.

    —Wanda Heath on October 15, 2012
  • Batiks are often a great way to tie prints together. I’ve heard that you shouldn’t mix prints and batiks, but the quilt police haven’t stopped me yet! I love the rich colors and the interesting textures that can be created with them.

    —Alice on October 15, 2012
  • don’t have many batiks as I didn’t understand how to match the colors and patterns until I watched this video… gave me something to work with… now to get me some batiks and with the book I should

    —Joyce Cloud on October 15, 2012
  • I’ve been collecting them for a while and I have made a ebook reader with some of them. Thanks

    —Debbie H on October 15, 2012
  • Batiks are my favorite fabrics. The colors are so clear and radiant. I would love to have a chance to win Quick Batik. Oct. 15, 2012

    —Patricia D. Roberts on October 15, 2012
  • I love batiks and have quite a collection of them. Right now I am making a Radiant Star quilt using blue and green batiks. I would really enjoy winning this book. Thank you for the opportunity. 🙂

    —Sheila F. on October 15, 2012
  • The last thing I made with batiks was a World Without End quilt for my niece. I wanted a very scrappy look so I cut up lots and lots of my batiks. My younger daughter oohed and ahed over it so much I decided to make her one with the leftovers. I thought I had tons left but ended up needed twice more than I had cut….ah, such a trauma, I had to shop for more batiks! (It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.) I have all 360 of the four-inch blocks made now and am working on turning them into ninety 8-inch blocks. My daughter can’t wait to see it on her bed!

    Beth Strand on October 15, 2012
  • I love batiks. The possibilities are endless.

    —Lisa Garrett on October 15, 2012
  • I’ve made some small projects like tablerunners with batiks. I’m growing my stash and am anxious to tackle a larger project.

    —Carol Vickers on October 15, 2012
  • I made a huge bargello from green/orange/pink batiks. It has been dubbed "Cosmic Watermelon" by my quilting buddies. It still needs quilting, but it is one of my favourite projects!

    —Paula on October 15, 2012
  • I can’t wait to get this book. I too hoard batiks but I just never seem to want to cut into them, they are just so pretty. Maybe this book will get me cutting!!

    —Gloria on October 15, 2012
  • Oh, I am a batik hoarder! I love all colors and types. Just made, well the blocks anyway, a quilt in pastels for my grand daughter. The book looks like it has some great patterns and I would be thrilled to win it. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Judy Bowes on October 15, 2012
  • Batiks are my favorite fabric. Please enter me to win the Quick Batik book. Thank you.

    —Sheila Pulford on October 15, 2012
  • I have batiks. I LOVE batiks. So much that I can’t cut into them! HELP!!

    —Barb Emerson on October 15, 2012
  • I have collected a number of fat quarters of batiks in various shades of green. I intended to make a quilt for my daughter using the drunkard’s path block, but now she’s married and her husband doesn’t like green! What to do? I think one of your examples might work out well for me. Thank you for the inspiration

    —Brenda on October 15, 2012
  • I really do not use batiks regularly – however, my favorite batik item is my sweatshirt turned jacket project. It is totally covered with batiks – and variegated and glitzy threads. Oh – I can’t go anywhere without admirers. It was such a simple project, but those batik fabrics made it look far beyond what it was. So, I do appreciate their appeal and ease of co-ordinating with all those subtle colors blending in so readily. After this comment, I think I will use them more now.
    Thanks for the chance!

    —Jane on October 15, 2012
  • For my first quilt I too used the beautiful fabric Batiks. They sew up and irons like a dream. It truely has spoiled me to other fabrics.
    I do get drawn right to the batiks and it is very hard to use regular quilt material. The colors are alive and each piece seems to tell a story and makes you think where and how it was created. They do seem to have a life of their own. Truely beautiful. Love all of the colors.
    I love batiks and would really appreciate this new book to help me part with all of the batiks I have collected.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Sharon Payne on October 15, 2012
  • I am new to quilting and my first quilt is with batiks. The jewel tones and how they work together are what inspired me to start quilting.

    —Tabitha Canada on October 15, 2012
  • I love batiks. The very first quilt I made I used batiks and I plan to make more things with batiks. The colors in the batiks are always so beautiful.

    —Judy1522 on October 15, 2012
  • way back, i thought batiks were to closely woven to make quilting easy, but once i cut into a piece and sewed it into something else, i was hooked! i love batiks … the colors are so rich, even pastels, that they make any quilt more attractive. so i’ve collected and am cutting into a lot of them. love ebooks, and this one would be, oh, so appreciated! thanx for the chance.

    ritainalaska on October 15, 2012
  • Love the tight weave of batiks (and how they don’t fray much), so they are a pleasure to work with, but the main reason I use them is their lovely colors. I’ve never made a batik only quilt, but the photos from the book have definitely made me want to give it a try–really striking quilts and color combinations!

    Donna on October 15, 2012
  • Just finished up a fall bag out of brightly colored batiks that were just begging to be made into something pretty and functional. Before that I made a table runner from a stack of charms in bright summer colors. Now it’s time for the winter project, a quilt in deep rich velvety looking blues with crisp white then appliqued branches with deep red cardinals perched among the bare trees. Batiks are such a wonderful fabric to work with and I would love winning this e-book for lots more ideas and beautiful quilts just waiting to be created.

    —Cindy R. on October 15, 2012
  • I have used batiks converting sweatshirts to cardigans or jackets. They add richness to any outfit.

    —Anne Moore on October 15, 2012
  • I made a fall leaf quilt on a black background. The leaves were so vibrant using batiks! One of my favorite quilts!

    —Susan on October 15, 2012
  • Actually I love to use Batiks to fill out my options – I love to use prints and then if I need some more colors, off to my Batiks I go. I’m currently working on a quilt for my daughter which uses a vibrant green batik.

    —Linda V on October 15, 2012
  • My stash is mainly Batiks..I have been collecting,hoarding, using them for the past 10 years, SO glad they are so popular now, it has allowed me to hoard even more..I have never had a problem with seeing HOW to use them, it’s the cutting part. *smile*

    —MARCI M on October 15, 2012
  • I too was in love the first time I saw Batiks. So, I have quite a large stash but don’t know what to do with them. Every time I get them out to make something, I end up putting them back. With your book now I can finally enjoy my love of Batiks.

    —Missy B on October 15, 2012
  • I made recently a quilt for my new grandson of hot air ballons floating across a light blue sky with puffy clouds. I wanted the ballons to really POP; so I used bright tone on tone batiks.

    My next quilt (still in the planning stages) was inspired by a picture I took one fall many years ago of the yellow and gold of aspen trees with the dark green of evergreens behind. It will be an applique quilt of wreaths in fall colors using solids and batiks on a very dark background.

    —Elizabeth P. on October 15, 2012
  • The first thing I made with batiks was a handbag, because I received a jelly roll strip set as a gift and it was so vibrant,I want sure what to do with it.I then used the leftover scraps to make a wall hanging…now I am going to try a quilt! These fabrics are amazing!

    —Machelle on October 15, 2012
  • I’m a batik lover, but I haven’t made much with them yet. I do have a table runner in process – using some batiks in greens and purples. It is intended for a gift, so I hope I love it just enough to give away!

    —Annie on October 15, 2012
  • I have made a wall hanging using a combination of jewel tones & pastel batiks. I love batiks & do fine it hard to decide just how to use them to best advantage. I’m sure Cheryl Brown’s book Quilt Batiks would provide me with lots of inspiration.

    —Karon Henderson on October 15, 2012
  • I love batiks and have been "collecting" them for a number of years. Now what to make with all of the fabric?? I want something that I will love!

    —Abbe Flowers on October 15, 2012
  • I have many batiks……so I guess I hoard. But I also have made many pieces from them. Usually bags of some sort. The latest batch has been tech cozies and I would guess that is next on the list too.

    Willa on October 15, 2012
  • I love Love Love Batiks.
    I want to make a new purse and I need some for that project.
    Thanks, Sandra

    —Sandra Strickland on October 15, 2012
  • shame on you, Martingale! – using the word "hoarder" in the same sentence with batiks! we are collectors, connoisseurs, admirers, lovers, aficionados – I, for one, am proud to be building a collection of batiks – which I hope to incorporate into a quilt one day. For now, I will just touch and gaze at them lovingly LOL.

    —Diane on October 15, 2012
  • My stash is very heavy on the batiks. I can’t pass them up in the store without falling in love and usually bringing more home. I recently purchased tons of yardage from Hoffman Cherry batiks and have 2 quilts planned. I learned paper piecing making cute little elephants from batiks. I recently acquired some elephant cuddle fabric that would make a great backing so I want to make another elephant quilt too. I’m forcing myself to finish my quilts in progress first, one I’m piecing and one in need of borders. Neither are made with batiks 🙁
    Time to sew!

    —Diane on October 15, 2012
  • I love batiks, they’re so beautiful and often have a special ‘feel’ once they’re washed. I’m such a tactile addict – the ‘feel’ of a fabric often means just as much to me as the appearance:) I do hoard batiks and actually have a hard time cutting into them and using them. It has to be something special for someone special. The last batik project I did was an old faithful type project as a gift for a friend. It was a Christmas ornament: the fabric is folded into prairie point like triangles and pinned to a styrofoam ball in a star pattern. The only sewing was the hanger on the top, but it was the last batik project I made. Plus in some ways it was classier (another characteristic of batiks) than some of my previous projects. If I win the book perhaps it will encourage me to part with some of my stash:)

    —Nora J on October 15, 2012
  • I ALWAYS have a batik project in process. I am just about finishing a pieced and sashiko quilt for my mother, I have numerous batik applique projects, and I have fabric pulled for a batik Baltimore Album style quilt! I have few other kinds of fabric in my stash!

    Michelle Harrison on October 15, 2012
  • I use batiks for almost everything – brights for baby quilts, autumn colours for a wedding quilt for my niece and mauves and purples for a quilt for me! The scraps go into small gift and inchies!

    —Laurel on October 15, 2012
  • I love Batiks, the bright colors are a painters delight. It reminds me so much of painting with oils.
    I love to make Art Quilts with the Batiks, the colors are just the same as using oils.

    The last Batik Art Quilt I made with an Ocean and Light House scene for by Breother and his wife

    The own several of my previous oils in beach scene. I am notg able to paint in oils anymore and due to my disability. But I am able to continue my work in Batiks- Which I truelu love

    —Which I truely enjoy on October 15, 2012
  • I love Batiks, the bright colors are a painters delight. It reminds me so much of painting with oils.
    I love to make Art Quilts with the Batiks, the colors are just the same as using oils.

    The last Batik Art Quilt I made with an Ocean and Light House scene for by Brother and his wife

    The own several of my previous oils in beach scene. I am notg able to paint in oils anymore and due to my disability. But I am able to continue my work in Batiks- Which I truely love

    —Georgeanna on October 15, 2012
  • My current project is 1.5 inch hexagons using batiks. I am hand stitching hexies into small flower shapes while traveling. It is surprising how much I have completed in time that my hands were otherwise idle!

    —Sharon on October 15, 2012
  • I’ve pieced a queen size top using all batiks except for the background triangle squares which are a mottled blue-black. Colorways are what I like to think of as tropical – bright saturated and lush. This is next on the docket to be FMQ’d on my domestic machine, and it will be the first time I’ve tried FMQ on batiks. It will be a wedding quilt for someone special. I love the way this top turned out, and look forward to using some of the other batiks in my stash. This book sounds like a perfect way to get some more ideas – thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    Pat on October 15, 2012
  • I love batiks and find it hard to cut into them too. But once I take the plunge, they always look beautiful. I have made many quilts for a prayer quilt ministry with donated fabrics, fortunately have lots of batiks. Simple patterns are usually the best to show off the beauty of batiks.

    —gab on October 15, 2012
  • Batiks are so beautiful but I don’t really know how to put them all together. This article was a big help and the book would be very valuable in utilizing my stash!

    —Debra G on October 15, 2012
  • My lasterlijk ith batiks was my 2012 Hoffman Challenge entry, which won 2nd best Use of Sulky

    M van Welzn on October 15, 2012
  • It seems like the number of different batiks available has exploded in the last several years. And I’ve collected a pretty nice assortment! I use them though, and the quilts always turn out gorgeous. One of my favorites was a scrappy batik quilt in blues and greens I’ve seen described as a "sea-glass" colorway.

    —Lisa Marie on October 15, 2012
  • I’m currently making a delectable mountains quilt for my bed using batiks in purple, blue, teal, fuchsia and green (spring colors) with a white and cream background and striped inner border. My first batik quilt called Hugs and Kisses was for my granddaughter, using light pink, aqua, dark pink and green. It has an almost Baltimore Album appearance, and it’s my favorite of any quilt I’ve made. I also made a wall-hanging kit from batiks for my daughter, quite striking.

    —Sharon Shiffert on October 15, 2012
  • I guess I’m a batik admirer, collector and hoarder! On Saturday, my guild had a fun sewing day, and I couldn’t decide which project I would like to work on. So I took five projects, all batik, and asked a friend to choose one for me to start!

    I’m working on a quilt that will take two matching Bali Pops, based on a strip-pieced block pattern. I’m using Hoffman’s Mango Margarita Bali Pops (now a "retired" item), and it will be very bright. I love using these pops, or jelly rolls, as they are so well coordinated, something I struggle with. Thanks for the tutorial on color selection and coordination. I certainly need it!

    —Sylvia Youngblut on October 15, 2012
  • I have made a table topper,lap quilt, and a tote bag. Batiks are really fun and interesting.

    —Marguerite Namdar on October 15, 2012
  • I am a very traditional quilter, but was asked to help finish quilts in batiks for an ill friend. The pattern she had chosen was "Strip Twist" – you can find this on-line. I fell in love with the dynamic look, and proceeded to teach my 12-yr. old granddaughter the pattern with batiks I bought just for her. She has completed the top except for the final border, and it looks just as we both imagined in energetic reds and startling black.

    —Gail M on October 15, 2012
  • I am definitely a collector/hoarder of batiks. Just can’t quit buying them they are so beautiful. I did cut into some for a chicken quilt I am making. Thanks for a great giveaway.

    —Julie A. on October 15, 2012
  • I never did much with batiks, but a friend gave me a jelly roll of them and I made a cute, simple quilt and now I am hooked on them!

    —Liz on October 15, 2012
  • A few years ago I made a queen sized quilt using squares within squares. I liked it but didn’t love it because of the busyness of it. I love the more controlled use of batiks in the quilts shown above . I’d like to try those patterns!

    —Melody D. on October 15, 2012
  • I’ve collected batiks for at least 10 years and have a good stash, but never enough! I have a tendency to use them for making purses and totes, or as eye-catching accent squares in quilts. It seems that each batik fabric is a piece of art!

    Joan J on October 15, 2012
  • I love making quilts with batiks. I just pulled out a favorite piece with machine-appliqued leaves in fall colors.

    —Julie in GA on October 15, 2012
  • I love the bright colors in the batic fabrics. i like to use them as much as possible.my stash is not very big and i do’t have many colors yet. Hope to get more soon.

    —Beverly on October 15, 2012
  • the last thing that I made with Batiks is an Autumn table runner with many colorful leaves embridered in the hoop and ‘blown’ down the table. I haven’t decided for sure on my next batik project but will probably be a spring table runner after all the Christmas projects are finished.

    Fammie Peter on October 15, 2012
  • When I was a child we lived in Indonesia and my mother bought native batiks and sewed clothing from them and saved the scraps. When she died I got the scraps, now over 60 year’s old plus some full size batiks. I can’t seem to cut into the full sized ones, but I use those scraps and remember her clothing made from them, making my projects all the more special. A memory with each thing I sew. Alaska Marge

    —Margaret Andrews on October 15, 2012
  • I love the freedom batiks give me to create without the visual that prints give, sometimes I just need to feel like I am painting with fabrics!

    —Jane on October 15, 2012
  • Oh, yes! I play with my batiks. I have a purse in progress right now as the old one wore out after 2 1/2 years. I made another purse early in the summer, but it is too bright and colorful for now. I have a jacket in progress (3 yrs now), and two bed-size quilts — FOR ME. I hoard them, save every little scrap, and shudder to think–if I died, someone else would get to use them. So, dive in and have a good time.

    —Claudia on October 15, 2012
  • I just used some of my batiks in a miniature quilt for donation to our quilt show next year.

    —Deborah on October 15, 2012
  • The one time I have used batiks was as a beginner. I made a quilt from "Fast Quilts from Fat Quarters" where you cut first, then decide. Batiks lend themselves wonderfully to this, all you have to do is pick some pretty ones that look nice together on the shelf, and the quilt comes out great. I have been hoarding them ever since! It seems almost any quilt pattern would look great in batiks, the problem is deciding which pattern to use them in! I’d love to win the book!

    —Madeline on October 15, 2012
  • Batiks are beautiful and make a quilt just more lovely. So in quilts, or wall quilts. Next may be a purse or totebag. Thanks for a chance at winning.

    —Karen Crosby on October 15, 2012
  • It is hard to go wrong with batiks. I have done a sampler quilt that needs finishing and have a basket full of a bom that was collected but just barely started. Lovely book would be a great addition to my library. Thanks

    —Peggy M on October 15, 2012
  • I love to collect batiks! I have just started a bear paw quilt with my stash.

    —Vickie Altstaetter on October 15, 2012
  • I LOVE batiks! I use them in all batik quilts and also with other cotton fabric. They are so beautiful and so versatile. I collect them whenever I can. Cheryl’s book has some very wonderful patterns in it. I can’t wait to make some of them. Thanks for the book giveaway, I sure hope I win.

    —Susan Griffith on October 15, 2012
  • I love Cheryl’s clever approach to using batiks by colorways. This looks like a great book. Like Cheryl, I fell in love with the richness of batiks as soon as I started quilting. I last used them in a mystery quilt my guild did because you can never go wrong with batiks! One of my next projects will be the Rose of Sharon appliqued quilt, in batiks of course.

    —Susan H. on October 15, 2012
  • I love batik, always looking for them, but here in spain batiks are very expensive.The last thing I made was a tote and next I hope to make a big quilt but also a skirt.

    —els on October 15, 2012
  • What quilt using batiks????? I have never in 35 years of patchwork used batiks in a quilt although I have admired them. Do you think it’s about time I did?? I would love to make one though from the other comments I am bound to get hooked and have to start a batik stash!! Not sure what my husband would say about that!!

    —Lee on October 15, 2012
  • I’ve made a queen size beauty block quilt with more than 70 colors, primarily batiks, which required 3 years of work. The quilt barely made a dent in my yardage, since I began acquiring batiks 8 years ago by buying fat quarters. I still have a couple hundred yards, and this new book would help me use up my stash. LOVE the quilts in Ms. Brown’s book. Thank you for the chance to win it.

    —Ames on October 15, 2012
  • Plain batiks are the base fabric for my projects using your book, "Creative Quilts from Your Crayon Box"…providing unlimited FUN! I am also making a Judy Niemeyer Wedding Star with a wide range of batik colors, requiring some additions to my sash .

    —Gina M on October 15, 2012
  • I love the batiks, the colors vary from one piece to the next but it all blends back together again. I did make a mini square in a square and I love it, the colors are so rich. The patterns I saw were wonderful, would love to win the book to get more ideas.

    —Connie on October 15, 2012
  • I made a quilt with batiks in squares with black sashes! It came so pretty! that was the first thing I had used batiks for but I’m ready to try some maple leaves now!

    —Brenda Hulsey on October 15, 2012
  • I’ve only used batiks in table runners. I haven’t tried them in a quilt. I have seen many beautiful quilts made from them.

    —Jenelle Boxberger on October 15, 2012
  • I am about to make my first batik quilt this week, have it all cut out for a class on Wed. I had resisted batiks for awhile, but am ready to take the plunge. My grand daughter, for whom I am going to make a quilt for her HS graduation this coming spring, also has indicated she likes the batik fabrics instead of traditional fabrics. soooooo here I go !! I’m sure this book would be a super inspiration for future batik projects. My sister, who is my mentor is a batik purist !

    —Doris on October 15, 2012
  • I too love batiks. I’ve made blocks for one sampler quilt and I am storing up lots of scraps for a scrappy batik quilt. I love the sampling of quilts that have been previewed here and could make good use of the e-book.

    —Diane W on October 15, 2012
  • Hello there, I am from Holland and I love all the quilt fabrics in the US. I have ordered a lot of batiks from the US and I made an ïndian Summer" quilt of it. The colours of the batiks just cheer my up when the weather is grey and cold. I would love to make some more batik quilts and Cheryl’s book looks great to me!!
    Greetings from Holland.


    —A. Dekker on October 15, 2012
  • After living in Malaysia for 3 years, I have always loooooved batiks! The way they are designed and made is true artisan work. I have a stash which I would love some inspiration to make some quilts.

    —Sharon Hoogland on October 15, 2012
  • Love Batiks. Always have. Just put together a square by Edyta Sitar. Love her designs and the fabrics that she choses.

    —Frank on October 15, 2012
  • I made a beautiful multi-colored wedding quilt for my daughter who loves color. I’m currently making a bright friendship braid quilt for a friend who described her personality as being "every color". What better choice than batiks for such bright fun people.

    —Joan on October 15, 2012
  • I have not made anything from batiks, yet! I do look at them whenever I go into the fabric stores, but I’m never sure what to do with them, so I pass on them and buy the traditional fabrics. I would love to try my hand at them – maybe the book will inspire me to do just that!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Kathy on October 15, 2012
  • Has anyone else had trouble with batiks bleeding A LOT? I have had three (bought from a quilt shop, not some knock-off) that bled out and never stopped! One, an especially beautiful, vibrant bright pink lost so much color in one handwash that it was hardly a pastel. Since then I’ve just avoided them.

    Hi Lynn,
    How disappointing that must have been! I’ve had batiks bleed a little, but NEVER to that extent! I do check for bleeding before using by taking a small square of the fabric and putting it into a bowl of hot water. If it bleeds, then I wash it and use a color fixative such at Retayne.
    I do think that your situation was unusual, so I hope you’ll try batiks again in the future!
    Anybody else have any suggestions for Lynn? We’d love to hear them!

    —Lynn on October 15, 2012
  • Confession: I actually cut up one piece with running horses to put in a quilt for a ranch!!!!!! "gasp!!!"

    —Donna Purchase on October 15, 2012
  • I am behind on having a batik stash but that’s about to change. Yesterday I was at the LQS and saw a lady working on a Friendship Braid using jewel tone batiks edged with black. I am offically in lust with batiks and plan on growing my stash very fast.

    —Rina on October 15, 2012
  • I don’t have a lot of batiks, but I am adding to what I have. The last project I used them on was my Patchwork Prism Quilt, they were mixed in with other prints and I’ll use them again on the quilt I’m planning for my brother and his wife

    Rachelle on October 15, 2012
  • I probably have enough batiks to cover our driveway, but I decided to make a fullsize quilt for the spare bedroom. I used a pattern called Pizazz and used about 30 16″ blocks. I had enough for two pillowshams and an accent pillow. The only part I had to purchase was enough for a 5″ border. It’s nice to snuggle under something I made myself and didn’t cost a lot (at least at the time!) I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on the ensemble. And I still have oodles left for another project or 3 or 4 or more!

    —Linda Jones on October 15, 2012
  • Batiks have always been my love so imagine my surprise when 8 yo grand daughter started quilting and set up her non-profit charity called "Quilted Hugs from Maddie". She got hundreds of boxes of donated fabrics but not batiks. But whenever we go to a show or quilt store she gets out her money and buys a batik or two to add to her personal collection. She tells me she has plans for a Hawaiian style quilt as we are going to Oahu to visit, her aunt and 8 yo cousin this New year’s coming up. Your book would give her great ideas for her masterpiece. Thank you and check her Facebook if you like to know more about Maddie and her story.

    —Nancy Moore on October 15, 2012
  • I wasnt sure that I really liked them until a few months ago. Now I am dying to try a quilt out of them!

    —Kate Brown on October 15, 2012
  • I work in a dangerous place; a fabric store! The cut table is right next to my favorite fabrics, Legacy prints and batiks! I have several. But as a dressmaker, how do I use them? I made wrap skirts for my daughters-in-law. Just last week I designed the skirt for me. It will be a half-circle skirt using my Legacy Batiks. I will start with big square patchwork fabric made from my Legacy batiks. Then make my skirt. I couldn’t make up my mind which one I like most! Later I will use just one for the blouse. My coworker knows my weakness and points out the new arrivals for me. Like I need the help…

    Yep! I have to say I’m a sucker for Legacy. Then there is the calico wall…

    Working there is a mixed blessing.

    —Sheri on October 15, 2012
  • I love, love, love the visual texture on batiks and I have such a hording issue 😉 Right now I’m making mug rugs for animal rescue to sort of whittle down the stash.


    —edie on October 15, 2012
  • Looking forward to making a Storm at Sea quilt with batiks. My first experience with a scrappy batik was with a jelly roll. At first I was shocked that I had made such a quilt that was "out of my box." Now I love batiks and the suprise and beauty that they incorporate in a quilt.

    —Diane on October 15, 2012
  • I haven’t made anything using batics, but those quilts have inspired me to give it a go. Thanks for the chance 🙂

    Hilary on October 15, 2012
  • I love Batiks and am in the process of making my 6th quilt with them. I also have fabric to make 3 or 4 more. There is so much you can do with them and now that I am building my stash and scraps, I see some wall hangings and lap quilts in the future.

    —Jean Dickman on October 15, 2012
  • One of the last Batik uses was for a Ricky Tims’ Convergence wall hanging. It’s beautiful and the colorful fabric works perfectly! Loved seeing the book examples, and I think my next Batik quilt will be something like Power to the people. Thanks for a chance!

    Barb in MI on October 15, 2012
  • I guess I would say I’m a batik admirer. The colors are wonderful and vibrant and I love them, but I hardly ever use them! The last time I made anything with batiks was a few years ago — I did a Ricky Tims convergence quilt. It looked wonderful when it was done, do I’m not sure why I haven’t worked with batiks since then!

    —Jane S. on October 15, 2012
  • I fell in love with batiks when I started doing Mckenna Ryan’s patterns. They are perfect for all of her patterns and most of the applique work I like to do especially flowers and small work.

    —Cathy Taul on October 15, 2012
  • I love batiks! I hope to travel to Bali some day, and pick out some handmade batiks right from the makers. I also love to make baby quilts, and the last 3 that I made were made entirely with batiks. The last one was in greens and pinks (both brights and pastels), as requested by the mom. The two before that were in greens and browns, and were for twin boys (I swapped the colors, but matched the patterns). I’ve decided that my favorite baby quilt pattern is Cat and Mouse, which is so cute with batiks!

    Lisa Mayfield on October 15, 2012
  • I would love to make a Christmas Quilt since it is right around the corner for my Grand children

    —Darlene Angelle on October 15, 2012
  • I have a huge stash of batiks. I love the bright, vibrant colors. My last batik project was a guild mystery quilt.

    —DebrafromMD on October 15, 2012
  • I’m a batik admire and collector. I made a quilt block for a swap many years ago. I’m waiting for just the right thing to make. In the mean time I’ll keep on collecting.

    —Ginger on October 15, 2012
  • The last thing I made entirely out of batiks was a purple and orange quilt. (It is in the process of being hand quilted.) My son’s favorite color is purple. The color of his future (now current) wife is orange. The colors for their wedding and the (wedding quilt) were purple and orange. I chose so many purples and oranges, and some really wild ones at that, that is really looks pretty (and the wedding was beautiful!)

    —Jo E on October 15, 2012
  • I am all three! I love looking at,touching,collecting and dreaming
    about batiks. What can I make next? My latest project is a log cabin
    quilt done in earthy browns,creams and some green batiks. Lucious!
    I would love to win the book.

    —Cheryl on October 15, 2012
  • Batiks are the best, my absolute favorite, and what I am drawn to in every quilt shop. I have quite a stash, and love to do paper piecing, so my next project may be a New York Beauty with a twist of course, or maybe a new pattern that I find in my travels! I think the quilts from the book look awesome, and would love to win a copy – pick me!

    —Colleen Lawrence on October 15, 2012
  • Omg, batiks are my ADDICTION, cant get enough 🙂 They are so pretty sitting on the shelf, would love the book to get my creative juices flowing!

    —Jody on October 15, 2012
  • So far, I’m a collector

    —Lyn on October 15, 2012
  • I have two 5-yard quilts kits cut from batiks and ready to sew for a quilting retreat this weekend. I used a batik in an "I Spy" quilt this spring. I love them. I tried my hand at making some batik fabric about 40 years ago. I made it into a pillow cover.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Julie on October 15, 2012
  • I guess I’m a hoarder. I have been collecting batiks for a year or so and I have used a few in a landscape wall hanging I’ve been working on. The vibrant colors speak to me and I keep buying more. I can’t seem to come up with any ideas on what kind of quilt I want to make with them.

    —Carol B on October 15, 2012
  • I’m an admirer. I haven’t made anything with batiks, yet, but I have some beautiful jewel tone batiks that I plan to make into a quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sallie on October 15, 2012
  • Love batiks, they are the only fabrics I collect. One day, I will create a color wheel quilt with them.

    —sue on October 15, 2012
  • I only have a few Batiks that were in some kits I bought in Hawaii, and certanly need more after looking at the "Quilt Batik" I definately need to add to my stash, I love "Paradise Winds" and "Night and Day" .I have made a Hawaiian pillow and small Turtle panel with Batik, somhave a long way to go, Thanks for the opportunity to win MORE.

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on October 15, 2012
  • I don’t have ANY batik fabric! But I’m really falling in love with them, and want to try them soon!
    I would love to do a Double Irish Chain with a green/gold batik color way.
    I simply drool over the gorgeous batik quilts and fabrics I see in Keepsake Quilting and Connecting Threads catalogs!

    Rachell R on October 15, 2012
  • Gorgeous Quilts! I have made one little paper pieced wall hanging out of batiks. I would love to make more, and love these quilts. Hope I win!

    —Cindy on October 15, 2012
  • I love all Batiks they are so much fun to work with. I think my latest was the Amazing Quilt, next I want to do a simple Pineapple or Square in Square. Your quilts are beautiful!

    —Chris on October 15, 2012
  • I once hated batiks. I hated the feel of them because they felt like bisque in ceramics. Then, one day, I needed a fabric with a different color scheme and design for a wall hanging, and there was a batik on the shelf that clearly was "talking"to me letting me know, it was my answer. I, now, have over 200 yards of batiks in my stash, and my last quilt, I made using batiks was a light and dark batik blue quilt, for my cousin Betty. The pattern’s name is "Betty’s Delight" and you can find it on http://www.quilterscache.com. Click on the line that reads: Where do you want to go today? The third choice is free patterns.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on October 15, 2012
  • The last project I made with batiks is a beautiful fabric bowl of the delectable blue-green print I just absolutely fell in love with. It sits on my bookcase!

    —Elizabeth Smith on October 15, 2012
  • I am in the process of making a Burgoynne Surrounded bed size quilt with black background and scrappy batik (1.5″ 9 patches and all!). I just completed a Counterpoint quilt made with various turquoise/purple batiks with dark purple accents, which will be a Quilts of Valor for a Veteran. I love the look and feel of batiks.

    Barbara Winkler on October 15, 2012
  • I’ve been "kind of stuck" in a Civil War era and have been doing small quilts with lots of intricate piecing – so yesterday I decided to take a quick holiday and picked up a jelly roll of batiks and a simple block pattern. It’s a blast to sew and the quilt top is almost half done in one day. It’s pink and I plan to donate it to raise money for a charity function for disadvantaged children. Can’t wait to get back to the sewing machine!

    —Jean HS on October 15, 2012
  • Just starting a new batik quikt. They are my favorite fabric! I have another quilt on my waiting list to do. Love them!

    —Pat on October 15, 2012
  • Just starting a new batik quilt. They are my favorite fabric! I have another quilt on my waiting list to do. Love them!

    —Pat on October 15, 2012
  • I’ve been very discriminating with regard to the batiks I’ve stashed away, and have finally started quilting with them. If only I were so disciplined regarding other cotton fabrics.

    —Beth T. on October 15, 2012
  • I made a bed-sized quilt in batiks that were mostly blue/green/purple/pinks that was similar to Pastelmania. I incorporated a few batiks that had a fish theme, so I named the quilt "fishing in the universe"…a gift for my husband. There is nothing more fun than the colors of batiks, and they are a dream to sew with!

    —JoAnn W. on October 15, 2012
  • I love the vibrant colors! I used multi shades of batik for a nine patch quilt as a gift to my sister . She loves it so much ta it’s been lying in her closet for the last 10 yrs—- too precious to use… According to dear sis.

    —Gina on October 16, 2012
  • I recently made blocks for a block of the month mystery quilt, we used all batiks and it turned out to be flower and basket blocks. It is lovely! I also like to make zipper pouches using batiks, it’s fun to put really bright colors for the lining. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Heather on October 16, 2012
  • i am new to quilting! joined a club at church to make rag quilts to auction at our fall fest. however i would love to learn about batiks and how to integrate them into our rag quilts or the possibility to learn the proper use and how to use it in our quilters club for church

    —bonnie on October 16, 2012
  • Loved batiks since I have found them. The last thing I made was a purse. The next thing- 2 banners for my church- 6 ft by 4 ft. Will piece the background for one from red batiks and the other from blue/teals.

    Mary Ann Harpe on October 16, 2012
  • I do love blue batik, I always use that for the sea, and it works!

    —Laura from Italy on October 16, 2012
  • I have my tub of batiks. It’s a large under-the-bed size one. I did make an applique quilt using all batiks. No plans right now for another, but this may wet my whistle.

    —Patricia Hersl on October 16, 2012
  • I made a Sudoku quilt with my batiks, substituing a specific fabric for each number 1-9. I made it for my brother, who was in the last stages of brain cancer. He may have been ill, but he was still sharp enough to remind me, "Don’t you remember that I’m color-blind?" I felt soooo bad! He just laughed it off and told me that he liked the back better. I had used New York Yankees fabric, so I didn’t feel so bad that the back was better than the front!

    —DianeP on October 16, 2012
  • The only quilt I’ve made in batiks is a hexi, a throw size quilt. I have fallen in love with batiks and would LOVE to win the book. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Carolyn on October 16, 2012
  • Last thing was a quilt with deep purple and sage batiks with an awesome minky purple backing…… I have done a great job creating my fabric stash and categories my batiks, quilting, and fashion fabrics separately(then the cute charms,cakes and jellies)… EVERYWHERE IN MY HOUSE CEPT THE BATH & KITCHEN(fib..have stacks of charms in a jelly jar)!!!I especially LOVE Rayon batiks, haven’t made my insatiable island dress yet but love to drape it around and get different ideas…. Next planned project are holiday table runners for gifting.

    —ronda halvorsen on October 16, 2012
  • I’m an admirer…in some ways collector too, because I buy the batiks to use them but always hesitate to cut them up. In a collection that has a batik version ( I’ve seen that recently on some retailer’s sites ) it’s the batik version that attracts me most! Anyway, so far I’ve made some cautious cuts to provide borders or bindings for pannels, or for leaves and stems in applique. But there are som wonderful bali pops and larger pieces waiting their chance to show off in a bigger quilt. Just need the right pattern…
    and the courage to cut!

    —Inger Martinson on October 16, 2012
  • Not only am I an admirer, but a collector and stitcher of batiks. They are so full of life, color and pattern. I have several projects underway with batiks: Bali Sea Stars (Martingale), Tonga Rhapsody, Pathway Batiks, and a jacket (oh my). Each one is so different from the other, it’s pure joy to create. Thanks for sharing Cheryl’s story!

    —Carol on October 16, 2012
  • I only have a small stash of batiks right now. I love the colors, patterns, and texture in them. I haven’t cut into them yet, but I saw a civil war pattern quilt made in batiks and it was gorgeous! It was kind of funny because I had passed up the pattern and quilt top made with the traditional fabrics. I just didn’t like it. Then hidden away in the back of the store I saw this gorgeous top made with batiks and the pattern was so pretty too. I asked and they told me it was the "Generals’ Wives" pattern. I was floored by how different it looked in batiks compared to traditional fabrics. I would love to win this book to give me more confidence so that I may cut into my batiks.

    —Lisa Cox on October 16, 2012
  • I’m an admirer but not a hoarder (yet) because I wasn’t sure quite how to match them up. Thanks for the tutorial!

    —Carmen on October 16, 2012
  • The last thing I made with Batiks was a tote bag for my 13 year old niece!

    —Kylie C on October 16, 2012
  • I love Batiks! I’m pretty much a collector for the most part, but I have made 1 quilt with batiks so far. I had some fabric from a trip to Africa and normal quilt prints just didn’t match at all with the pattern in my fabric. So I turned to batiks and I found several that were a perfect match that I was looking for! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Katie on October 16, 2012
  • I love the bright colors in the batic fabrics. I like to use them as much as possible. My stash isn’t very big and I don’t have many colors yet. Hope to get more soon, so I can make a quilt.

    —Robin Huss on October 16, 2012
  • So far I haven’t made a quilt entirely with batiks, but during the summer when our oldest grandson (17) was in a quilt shop with his Mom and me, he showed me a pattern made entirely with bright batiks and told me he really liked the colors in it. He said I could make a quilt for him with colors like that. Go back one year and I had started collecting music fabrics to make a quilt for his graduation from High School in 2013. So, I finally had the fabrics I wanted for that project and he (without knowing I had a quilt already planned for him) pointed out a bright batik quilt that he would like! So, back to the drawing board, and new plans for a quilt of bright batiks for his graduation is in the works. I plan to make the back from the musical fabrics so he will actually have two quilts!

    —Donna Whittle on October 16, 2012
  • I made a King-size Single Wedding Ring quilt, using Lunn Studio Artisan Batiks, as a wedding gift for a son who had spent time in Indonesia. I chose to use the wedding colors, gold for the inner rings and chocolate for the outer rings on an ivory background. The quilt was inspired by an antique 2-color, burgundy on ivory, Single Wedding Ring top I found at a flea market. I think we can carry on the traditions, in our contemporary ways, and honor those quilt makers of years ago.

    —Nancy on October 16, 2012
  • My stash has been growing for years and, like many others, I can’t bring myself to cut into them. However, recently I made a 1600 quilt using a batik jelly roll (already cut so no guilt). I love the look of batiks and hope to use one of your patterns to get my stash into gear. My biggest concern is "do these colors run?" WS

    —Wanda Scott on October 16, 2012
  • I am definitely a batiks collector with about half of one 7″ tall cabinet full! Love the colors and how they play with one another. I have mine sorted by colors and just pull out the appropriate piles when auditioning fabrics.
    Looks like a great book!

    —Linda E in AZ on October 16, 2012
  • Our quilt guild has a five inch square exchange every month. I seldom enter the block exchange but I did enter the five inch batik block exchange. Took me quite some ttime to figure out what to do with these blocks. I actually ended up with a queen size spool quilt. It wil be entered in our 2013 quilt show coming in April.

    —Darlene on October 16, 2012
  • I have noticed that any quilt I make using batiks, even simple patterns, garners admiration, especially from nonquilting friends. The color blends just bring out the best in any quilt. I was lucky enough to win 50 yards of batiks from the FABSHOP Hop folks and much of it is still awaiting inspiration so I think I NEEd that book!

    —Pamela Reim on October 16, 2012
  • I didn’t care for batiks until I saw the NEW ONES that you can actually see prints of sorts in them.I may have to hoard some more.
    I have a bunch of samples ,so I need your book.

    Nora Brofford on October 16, 2012
  • When I first started quilting about 10 years ago batiks did not appeal to me at all! I was was drawn to the 30’s and Civil War reproductions but a couple of years ago I began looking at batiks every time I went to a quilt shop and started buying fat quarters because I was drawn to the beautiful colors. My love affair with batiks is now full blown and I have a nice stash that is rapidly growing. I just finished a batik 1600 jelly roll quilt and last night I pieced a different batik quilt that just needs borders added but I need to make a quick run to a fabric shop for a border fabric!!! I’d love to have your book for some wonderful new ideas.

    —Cheryl Guthrie on October 16, 2012
  • Looks like a really fun book.

    My most recent batik project is a bed quilt with Fall colored batiks. I’m almost finished sewing down the binding! And, my next batik project will be some spring time table runners.


    SewCalGal on October 16, 2012
  • My favorite thing about batiks is that they alllllll compliment one another. You can put one of each in your quilt and it will be beautiful!

    —Luanne Corts on October 16, 2012
  • I love batiks too, my problem is commitment, I buy a little here and there, but not enough for a real project, so they are still in "someday" projects bin. I love the info you give us online and love the blog!

    —carol on October 16, 2012
  • Wow I’m in good company. I have made a pillow – my first quilting project, Rail Fence pattern with batiks and some massage table sheets for my son using batiks. They are all so gorgeous. These projects are just so inspiring! I would love to have this book, just for the color combination information, let alone the patterns.

    —Martha Roseen on October 16, 2012
  • Well I don’t have a stash or any batiks. Just love them though the colour range is out of this world, would love to win some, they could be the start of my stash.

    —Linda on October 16, 2012
  • I made a wall hanging using a star block and a floral applique that was a kit. I really enjoyed working with the batiks they seemed to add something special to the wall hanging. I love batiks and have added more to my stash and hope some day I’ll have enough to make a larger quilt.

    —Linda on October 17, 2012
  • I am new to batik. I got my first set of batik 10 inch squares two weeks ago and haven’t yet decided how to use them. The photos included in this blog have given me a few ideas, and I am sure the book would be very helpful.

    —Linda on October 17, 2012
  • I have yet to purchase a bundle of batik’s to make a quilt. I have looked at them and want them but I am finding that I now need to add this wonderful fabric to my stash…Just beautiful fabric.

    —Suzanne on October 17, 2012
  • My last project was a 10 year Anniversary quilt for my son and daughter in law this past year. It was the Lover’s Knot pattern by Eleanor Burns.

    —Kathy MacKie on October 17, 2012
  • Batik hoarder – mainly charms and few fqs – no rhyme or reason. I made one quilt of irises where used the gradations of a variety of batiks to color the flowers and stems. I love batiks, they are expensive, so would enjoy winning this book to give me ideas of how to purchase to make a cohesive quilt.

    —MarciaW on October 17, 2012
  • I didn’t use to like batiks until I saw some of the creations made by a few of my guild members. Now I’m slowly adding some batiks to my stash and plan on making a queen size quilt for my bedroom. I love your Day and Night quilt!

    —MaryBeth on October 17, 2012
  • I guess I am a batik hoarder lol.I don’t have a lot, but what I do have I can’t seem to cut into… yet! There may be hope for me yet!

    —Carol J on October 17, 2012
  • Awwww Batiks. These are my favorite. The last thing i made with batiks was a shop hop table runner in a unique setting it turned out lovely. My most prized project was The Underground Railroad that i did in batiks. Stunning it is. I was told i could not do this pattern in my beloved batiks, it would look funny. I showed them. There is nothing i wouldn’t try with my batiks. They are the largest collection in my stash. Thank you for the chance to win, i always love new things to do with batiks. Happy colorful quilting to one and all.

    —Sharon Meyer on October 17, 2012
  • I have always loved batiks…the colors just speak to you. I used them last in a mini star wall hanging with a black background.

    —Karen on October 17, 2012
  • I find the colors within Batik fabrics are so well coordinated and can compliment and give a wonderful contrast to so many fabrics. Love them!

    —C Gaile Jenkins on October 18, 2012
  • I love batiks. The color is so originals

    —Hueisei on October 18, 2012
  • Batiks have long been on my list of NEEDED fabrics. I have very few of them and am in the collecting process. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Linda V on October 18, 2012
  • I have been collecting Batiks for the last 5 years or so and have them sorted into categories: Quilts, Purses, Wallets, clothing, misc. I love not only the colors and patterns but the quality of the fabric. I have found it to wear well and be a dream to sew with. Currently I have 8 wallets set aside in baggies to be sewn for Christmas and 2 quilts also bagged for the long cold winter nights after the holidays. Brights get be through the winter like nothing else!

    —Barbara G on October 19, 2012
  • I have used batiks in smocked dresses, baby quilts, bibs, and twin sized quilts, but I have never done a whole quilt with just batiks. I think that would be a fun quilt to make, and it looks like this book would be a good aide to read and use.

    —Nancy Angerer on October 19, 2012
  • I have several purse and tote patterns that will be wonderful done in the batiks. I can hardly wait to get to them. Cheryl Brown’s new book "Quilt Batik!" looks like just what I need to stretch my imagination. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    —Alice V on October 19, 2012
  • I have been hoarding my batiks, but they are so colorful, that I finally dove into my stash of batik fat quarters. I first created piles of fat quarter according to color. I then took each stack of color and cut random width strips and sewed them into strata. Did the same with the other color stacks. It was fun to cut different size blocks from each color strata and arrange them randomly. The finished quilt is very colorful and looks great.

    My next project will be the Rose of Sharon project done all in batiks. It will involve a lot of applique!

    —Crazy Cuban on October 19, 2012
  • I love Batiks but I hoard. I can’t decide what to do with them. Help I need this book…

    Linny on October 19, 2012
  • I use baticks to add depth to my fabric postcards. My last batick project was feral hog track. My first exposure to batiks was all you could stuff paper bag and scrap bin at one of shops on 2007 Quilt Rush. Love the texture and color batiks add to small projects.

    —TXravenNM on October 19, 2012
  • I like to take one batik fabric and add it mix of non-batik in most of my quilts. I was given two green fabric pieces and solid white to frame photo memory quilt. It just needed something and the answer was brown woody batik that made the frame for the pictures and green fabric,one almost solid and the other green leaves became the borders.

    —Linda C on October 19, 2012
  • I’ve made a queen sized quilt that I still use on my own bed and a large wall hanging with the extra bits that came from that quilt. I’ve used batiks with other ‘brights’ in two other twin sized quilts for family. I still have lots of batiks left. But my belief is that you honestly can never have enough!

    —Marion on October 19, 2012
  • I love batiks and have a small stash growing.. the last quilt I made with batiks, was a brown sampler in which I added some batik jewel tone corner stones for a dash of color. My next batik project is going to be a braid quilt.

    —Darrell Hardenburg on October 20, 2012
  • I remember making a batiks in middle school in art class (back when schools had art classes). I made one of the Virgin Mary and the other was the famous King Tut face mask. I must admit they were beautiful. They were part of a portfolio that got me an art scholarship at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. This site brought back memories.

    I bought a sewing machine two years ago and only have done small projects. I sure would like that book to get me back in the groove.

    —Jacquie Rogers on October 20, 2012
  • I’ve mainly made quilts and totebags with my collection of batiks.

    —Evelyn on October 21, 2012
  • i haven’t ever had a batik or made one but i love them

    —susan smoaks on October 22, 2012

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