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Thread: Another question - about batiks & other fabrics

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    Is it "ok" to mix batiks with other prints? Or does it just not look right?

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    It's all a matter of personal taste. There is no quilt police that makes those kind of rules. I think that many batiks function like neutrals or blenders. Some people like to use all batiks, others mix and match.

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    These are mixed.. what do you think?
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    Cool! Thanks for the visual! The batik adds a nice dreaminess to the pattern!

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    I agree with Madquilter, it's really up to the creator of the piece to decide. I think maybe you are questioning this because you are looking at each element of the block as individual, rather than standing back and looking at the block as a whole. When your quilt is done, you will not just look at one block, you will look at the whole quilt, so the perception will be different.

    I hope what I just said made sense....I do go off on a tangent sometimes...Anyway...looking good.

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    My pleasure.. I love mixing all sorts of things.. was told by one of the ladies who owns a quilt shop.."she uses stuff that shouldn't go together at all, but it looks great"...
    Don't let anyone tell you things will NEVER go together.. use your imagination. you'd be amazed where it takes you...

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    I mix everything as well....I try to look at each individual fabric and my pattern..I never actually thought about that..I say whatever you like fits!

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    I love the look of batiks and yarn-dyed plaids together. You just have to wash the heck out of the plaids, because they shrink so much and the batiks don't shrink at all.

    Sorry it's so dark and fuzzy - it was in my early days of digital photography. It's the "Chelsea" tote bag pattern. I am sorry, but I can't remember the designer:

    [IMG]http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...unzipped-1.jpg[/IMG]

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    Oh Tippy that is soooo beautiful!! Really caught my eye!

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    Oh those colors are fantastic they really compliment each other great job those blocks are stunning!!!!!!!

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    Cathe - its a Lazy Girl design and still available. It is not one of the easier Lazy Girl patterns to do though her directions are good and she is putting out easier patterns to follow now. Her website and blog are fun to look at and she has quite a following.
    http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/
    Another way to spend some eye candy time for the bag makers!
    She also offers a great free bag design the Noriko bag.
    Have fun exploring!

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    What a great question, naturalmama! Batiks are still a very new frontier for me, and pictures like Tippy and Cathe put up are very inspiring, as well as the quilt Elle was making for her bed :wink:

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    Here is another picture of mixing batiks with regular prints
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    I'm really loving all these photos - thanks for posting them! I really love the effect of the mix - there's something about the batik/"regular" mix that makes it look 3D. There's such a depth to the batik that the contrast really highlights.

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    Heres another example.

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    I just love everyone's mixed
    fabric projects, you are sharing.
    They look WONDERFUL!!
    :D :D :D :D :D

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    wow, love it!!! Your center brings out all the other colors. Nice mix.

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    I think that "stretching" fabrics to work outside their usual boundaries is a great creative exercise. Batiks have so much color variation that it makes them very exciting to work with.

    In the words of Tim Gunn from Project Runway, the clothing design competition--"Make it work! :) :)

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    Tippy,

    I love the dragon print! Can you give me any info on it?
    Maxine

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    Thank you all and thank heavens for the "search" on this BB. I want to make a quilt using Bali Pops and a regular fabric blender. All the photos convinced me that I won't be making a huge error!

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