Friday, April 16, 2010

Batik Inspiration

Hello Everyone,

First I want to say that I am still reading all your comments from the last post! Thank you so much for all your wonderful suggestions. Some of them I am already working on as I sit here. They are all terrific, every one! If you want to be inspired go back and check some of them out and don't forget to leave your own comment there to be entered in the giveaway, it is open through April 30th.

So many people asked for me to show what inspires me and things that I am working on. This one fits both of those categories. I love to work with batiks because they have such terrific color. Also, they are crisp and clean to piece and press.

This quilt top is one that I completed, I think, in 2004. Yes, I said top. I can't believe that I haven't quilted it yet! Soon though!


I love the bright and bold colors of these batiks I used in this top. The pattern is from Glad Creations and is called Simply Fun!


It was truly that!! Because it was such a gorgeous day here, I took it outside for the photo shoot. The colors really show up nicely in the bright sunshine. It is a rather large quilt, mostly likely a double or queen size.


I really love how the stars float. The border is made up of nine patches and log cabin blocks. Now that I have dug it out of the closet, it makes me anxious to quilt it. The backing is even complete!

Do batiks inspire you? My profile picture is also a batik quilt made from a Judy Niemeyer pattern, 4th of July. Batiks are fabulous for paper piecing! If you haven't tried working with batiks you really should. The variation in colors really adds more interest into a quilt.

This will be the beginning of a series of posts about specific fabrics that inspire me! I hope you will enjoy!

Until Next Time...


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39 comments:

Terry said...

I love batiks, but I don't have any. Guess I ought to start a batik stash! Love this quilt! The stars are great and so are the colors! Get that thing quilted!!! LOL

quiltobsession said...

I love this -- so bright and cheerful. I love working with batiks, hand-dyed fabrics, Kaffe fabrics and shabby chic.

Stephanie said...

My first and really only experience with the glorious colors of batiks was a very large NY Beauty quilt I made for my daughter. Your work is perfection and color sense fantastic.

Anya said...

Love that quilt,Jackie! And like you, I love batiks -- I have at least 5 completed batik quilts and am working on my DJ in batiks. Batik colors are wonderful!

Kathy said...

love the batik border!!!

The Calico Cat said...

Awesome quilt! I used to like batiks - not so much anymore... But I still like to see how other people use them.

Joan said...

Wonderful quilt Jackie, so colourful. Looking forward to seeing it quilted. I love the batiks too.

karenfae said...

I love batiks - what a wonderful quilt.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Jenny said...

I don't actually like batiks, but looking at your quilt, I may have to reconsider...its gorgeous!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

wow! those colors are fantastic!! what a load of bright spring happiness!!!

alobsiger said...

Oh, your quilt top is beautiful! It really glows! Can anything match the vibrancy of batiks? Gorgeous!

Barb said...

I love the fabrics in that quilt, if I could I would grab it through the computer.

wishes, true and kind said...

That quilt top is gorgeous! Why DO we let beautiful tops just sit? I'm looking at a stack of them right now!

badlandsquilts said...

That quilt top is absolutely gorgeous! I've been intending to go to Glad Creations and haven't gotten there yet!

Melinda said...

What a great quilt - love the pattern and your fabric selection really makes it shine.

Thimbleanna said...

I love batiks too Jackie, although I often read that people don't like them. I love the bright, clear colors. Your quilt top is beautiful!

Laura said...

OMG, batiks are my favorite and I have the stash to prove that LOL. I love, love, love this quilt pattern and the colors you chose are so me. Absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing!

Rafael's Mum said...

What a lovely colours! Beautiful top! I have a few batiks but not many, but I am collecting!

pratima said...

Brilliant colors! the contrast of colors play so nicely together. It'll be amazing when you finish the quilting part. Would love to read more about your inspiration fabrics :)

allsewnup said...

Simply Stunning!!

Carolyn

What Comes Next? said...

gorgeous! I love working with batiks.

Allie said...

I love that one! The start are fabulous!

Zlaty said...

I just love all the colors! great quilt top Jackie! I think you will do some amazing quilting on it! Just my kinda colors! :)

Happy sewing!

Carol from Panama said...

Beautiful quilt(top) Jackie - shame on you - you are a professional long arm quilter - quilt it :-)

You know I LOVE batiks - and can not imagine quilting without them - maybe it has something to do with living in the tropics - the saturated colors and organic prints look right at home here. I could quilt the rest of my life with just batiks!!

em's scrapbag said...

Just another example of why I love your blog. Such a bold and beautiful use of color.:)

Cardygirl said...

Gorgeous top Jackie...more inspiration.

Quilts on Bastings said...

Stunning quilt top. Made in 2004 - that makes me feel better about some of my UFO's. It will be fabulous once quilted.

WoolenSails said...

I do love batiks and the variation of colors in them.
I decorate in prim, but i love working in bright colors too.

Debbie

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I have never worked with batiks but you top is breathtaking, I might have to give them a try! Thanks for sharing!!

Vivian said...

I own a stack of Glad Creations patterns and haven't made any of them yet. There's a good chance your graphic and gorgeous batik version will get me moving to pull those out again. I love the riot of color in yours.

beth said...

oooh! I love all that color!! Time to quilt, huh?

Caro said...

Gorgeous quilt top. What pattern/book is it from?

Mary said...

I hope you find the time (and motivation) to finish it soon - it is SOOO GORGEOUS, and will bring sunshine to any room it graces. I, too, have several patterns from Glad Creations, which I purchased because they seemed to sparkle. This one proves that! I love batiks and have been collecting them lately, which lots of ideas... I need to make a note of this one! Simply wonderfully cheery! Put this in your queue of orders and get it quilted, then share it with us!

Carmen Rose said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love the colors, I'm a huge fan of batiks. I also love how the pattern is simple but complex. It's really an especially beautiful work in my opinion. Bravo!

Fleurette said...

Bright and beautiful.

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

I love the colors you used! :) I couldn't stand batiks when I first started quilting. But then I found a new store with a much bigger section of them, and it changed my mind... (unfortunately! lol)

Ginger Patches said...

Beautiful!!! I am not a batik girl but this could turn me into one!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love the cherries in it. Wow. Amazing fabric.

Suzie said...

A beautiful quilt, so bright, so cheergul! Batiks have such a great source of wonderful colors and you chose great ones.

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