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Thread: Batik Charm Squares

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    Batik Charm Squares

    Just wondering (it's my stupid question of the day)... is there any point to charm packs of batiks?

    I understand the appeal of charm packs of prints. Particularly smaller scale prints.

    But with batiks, the color in one 5" section of fabric probably does not capture the essence of the fabric.

    What do you think?

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    I just did a table runner from a pattern which was all for charm packs - cute little prints with a bias check binding - but I did it in batiks (I had to pick a fabric from the place where I take the classes and I didn't like their charm selection in prints...).

    I have to say that the Mango Tonga treats package I used was pretty but there was a lack of variety once done. Solids with depth, sort of.

    It was my first time working with charms, and it was irritating to find that they were not all correct in size. Fortunately it didn't matter because they all had to get recut to 4 -plus-a-fraction anyway. Net net, the only reason to buy charms was that 1/8 yard is only 4" so I got the benefit of not having a lot of extra material.
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    I've specifically looked for batik charm packs more than once - they can be hard to find! I'm a scrap quilt lover, so like the variety. The specific reason I was looking recently is that I want to do a few Lil Twister table toppers. The Lil Twister is so popular right now, I thought they'd be easy to locate. Not so!

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    Not for me but I never buy precuts anyway. My minimum size is 1 yard. I learned the hard way when I would by FQ that I always wished I had more when I finally cut into it.

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    FYI- I have been ordering precut squares from [email protected]. I have COPD, and standing for long periods cutting is difficult. I wanted almost 200 5" and 300 2 inch squares. Her price was fantastic!! So worth it for me. She has nice prints too.

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    I love them, I buy them so I can see the fabrics and my daughters love to sew them together. Great for kids and small projects!!!
    *Rachel*

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    I'm not a charm pack kinda gal... even less inclined to buy batiks that way. There are some really dud batiks and I would think it would be hard to display what the charm pack contains. That is the same issue I have with Jelly rools of batiks , you really don't get a good look at the contents , even less with a charm pack ... because typically on line retailers don't show the what in it. I was really interested in a Moda charm pack once ... had to go to 10 different sites to get a real picture of the contents.
    But the other side of that coin is that I have seen so many struggle trying to put together more than a few batiks , that pre-grouped fabrics are popular for that reason. So the other side of me says that if you have a market for charm squares in general , there would be a market for batik charm squares.

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    I am doing a quilt in tonga treats batiks charm packs in the gelato colorway, I did HST's with solid white, and arranging them in a diamond pattern. The patterns are small enough scale, I think it looks fabulous. If I can get a good picture, I'll post it later, the lighting is kind of bad right now.
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    I think it would depend on the pattern on the Batik- a lot of them the design is bigger so with a charm you are not getting enough of it or you are cutting the design- I do buy charms but would have to think about buying a Batik charm pack - I do see where the strips catch the essence , so maybe once I saw what it looked like when cut ?
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    I think it depends on how small the design is on the batik and how variable the color range is in one fabric where you cut it in one spot and another they look completely different.

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    I have not met a batik I didn't like! Charm packs, jelly rolls, or 5 yards of fabric, they are all beautiful and wonderful to sew with.

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    I did the X&O quilt with batik charm packs and it turned out great. Also just did the jelly roll race quilt with batik strips and it is beautiful. Will try to get DH to post pictures when I finish them.
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    Personal preference, I guess. I like them.

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    My mom did a double irish chain for me, some of the blocks are 2X2 inches...the batiks in it still look wonderful. I don't think it matters how small you cut up a batik...they are ALL wonderful!!!
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    Here's something I'm working on with batik charm packs. This is one quarter of a top completed- it uses one Tonga Treats charm pack in Gelato colorway and Kona solid white. I need to do 3 more like this and I'll join them together. http://www.flickr.com/photos/hemlock_tea/7083635847/

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