Thursday, April 22, 2010

Batik Inspiration Vol. II

Hello Everyone,

I think I am on a roll! I was able to take many of my quilt tops or quilts out and take lots of photos. So in my quest to provide you with more fabric inspiration, this is my second installment of Batik Inspiration... Vol. II.

This next quilt that you will see, I immediately fell in love with when I spied it in a book. Right now the name of the book escapes me. It will be my quest to go through my quilting library and get back to you with the name of the pattern and book.


This quilt uses all batiks. They were a perfect choice for this quilt because they are crisp and wonderful. Batiks really aid in making those points on the stars more accurate.


This photo shows the particular fabric that was my inspiration piece for the entire quilt. When I saw this fabric, I just fell in love with it and had to have it. I think I purchased whatever was on the bolt. I know that you all have had this same feeling at some point or another.



With this fabric and pattern in hand, I set out to find batiks from within my stash and the LQS, at the time, for some batiks that would work well together. I believe that I achieved what I set out to do and am pleased with the results. It was a fun one to make. However, I must confess that I completed this top about 4 years ago. Another that is calling out for me to quilt soon!!


One of my favorite things about this quilt is the "wonkiness" of the stars. I just love how they twist and turn. The inspiration fabric worked well in the centers of each star as well as on the border. I still have plenty and think that I will use it for the backing.

I hope this second installment on batiks is convincing some of you that batiks are wonderful to work with. They truly are saturated through and through with color. Another blogging friend, Wanda, of Exuberant Color also uses batiks. Please visit her for more affirmation about the use of batiks. Definitely give them a try, you will love them!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway on this post... but don't forget to leave your suggestions! Also, don't forget to check the New Arrivals in the shop. You never know when great new products will be arriving.

Until Next Time...

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39 comments:

Cathi said...

What an absolutely stunning quilt! I love that batik! When I was choosing fabrics for a Storm at Sea quilt, I purposely chose only batiks so as to get the nice crisp points. Nothing beats them for that, plus they're just plain fun to work with!

Anya said...

Very striking quilt! Love it!

Pat said...

That quilt is BEAUTIFUL. I do hope you can give us the pattern information!

Rumi said...

Gorgeous! Love the colors of this quilt!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous. I can certainly see why you love the inspiration fabric. Looking forward to seeing more.

Anita in Florida said...

I love batiks...your quilt is spectacular! It's always hard (for me) to find light colored batiks that I like...you found the cream of the crop in the background and that wonderful salmon floral batik.

Terry said...

Another beautiful quilt! I love anything wonky! LOL I just won a giveaway of some batik scraps so now I'll have a batik stash, even if it is a small one to start! :0)

Nedra said...

Beautiful!! Great use of contrast in the fabrics. The stars just pop out.

alobsiger said...

Gorgeous quilt, Jackie! Such great colors! I too love the extra crispness when piecing with batiks -- they're so nice to work with.

O'Quilts said...

This is a lovely quilt! Good job.

Thimbleanna said...

That quilt is gorgeous Jackie! I love the colors you've used too -- very, very pretty!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a gorgeous quilt...I love the unusual setting..it creates interest and allows your eye to move across the top.

Rafael's Mum said...

That's a gorgeous quilt Jackie! It reminds me a bit of ... gosh... I am drawing a blank here... what do you call em... these flowers floating in a pond with big leaves for frogs to sit on (yeah, I know, now you are all laughing...)... just cannot find the word but as soon as I send this I will say.... oh yes, (snap of the finger), that's what it was! But you get the idea :-) Beautifull!

Exuberant Color said...

I'm glad you are pulling out some of your older tops to show us. this one is really a beauty and I like the way the stars are tossed about in the layout too.

Vickie E said...

love those colors! hope you will be able to quilt it soon...

Anina said...

Wow Jackie! This is tempting me to start collecting batiks.

Fleurette said...

Another beauty, you certainly have an eye for colour. I've never seen such beautiful batiks, will have to start a collection. Show us more please!

Vicki W said...

That is a beauty!

Mego said...

absolutely beautiful. Please DO share the info on the pattern! This is fabulous!

What Comes Next? said...

gorgeous! can't wait to get the book and pattern info - I love how the stars twist and turn, too. Your fabric / colour choices are fabulous and oh so very inspiring!

Crystal Hendrix said...

I really like the quilt top! :D Very pretty!

Sandra Henderson said...

So STUNNING! I have to say that I do NOT use Batiks NEARLY enough. I must buy more....
My daughter loves the quilts I've made her using them and I really enjoy working with them. Especially complicated patterns, as it doesn't stretch or ravel as much. Thanks for sharing! :)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Your inspiration fabric is absolutely perfect. It fits wonderfully. This is a great project.

Terri Stegmiller said...

I'm totally in love with this quilt!

Poppyprint said...

That is a gorgeous pattern - never seen it before. You chose beautiful batiks for it and it's pieced with perfection!!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

wow! that is a beauty!!! I need more batiks...

Suzie said...

It is a stunning quilt!!! I love star patterns and this one is great! I do hope you find the name of the pattern and the book! The batiks you chose are beautiful, I would have bought the whole bolt, too! Can't wait to see it quilted.

Simone de Klerk said...

I am not really a batiks person, but seeing this quilt, I think I should change my mind. You made it look vry soft. And it is the ordered 'wonkiness' I look about it too.
Have a lovely Friday!

Peach Rainbow said...

that quilt is amazing!

em's scrapbag said...

This is a gorgeous quilt. I love the fabric that was the inspiration. Beautiful colors.

colourdujour said...

this quilt is stunning!, and I am not a fan of stars but this is wow!
And I really love your inspiration piece, too.

wishes, true and kind said...

I love the block/quilt design!

Barb said...

I just love the color choice of your quilts...

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

It's gorgeous Jackie!

pratima said...

It looks fantastic! Your inspiration fabric is gorgeous!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

4 years - unquilted!? it's stunning, and huge! I have to say I've not used many batiks, but this I love - thanks for sharing it Jackie!

patchworkpalace said...

What lovely colours...I really feel like spring has sprung!!!!

Zlaty said...

I love the quilt and the bright colors!

Happy sewing!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Beautiful quilt! I love how the blocks look scattered. Gives the quilt a fun feel.

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