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Thread: Didn't think I liked Batiks

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    I love batiks also. They add so much to a quilt.

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    I too had to warm up to batiks... and in the beginning they all looked the same to me.

    Now I know how to tell them apart easily... and have learned which companies tend to offer clear colors, and which ones do smoky shades. For instance, if you want a vivid yellow, Timeless Treasures does some nice ones and if you want soft, buttery shades Robert Kaufman does those. Generally my favorite batiks are by Hoffman but they just do not make a nice clear yellow "printed" batik; theirs tend to have gray in them (which really does muddy the color). But for smoky colors Hoffman is the best. Just IMHO... your opinion may certainly vary

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    I'm like you! I had to warm up to batiks. I just didn't see what all the hoopla was until I bought a jelly roll (on sale somewhere) and started playing with it. Oh my heavens!!! The light came on. I am working on a batik boxy stars now. I was going to make a reading throw, but after I put the blocks I've done so far on my design wall, I think it's going to have to grow. Loving it!

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    My next quilt - which is actually going to be for my own bed - will be batiks. I want to do the "Shakespeare in the Park" pattern - it's a combination of stars and snails-trail blocks. Half of the fabric will be sandy neutrals and the rest will be rainbow shaded from deep blues through turquoise to green. It is to remind me of all the vacations spent in Florida. The colors are those of the beach sand and water, including that indescribable color of waves backlit by the sun.

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    I too love batiks but am have a terrible problem with them bleeding. All colors, especially if there is any teal in it. I'm surprised I have any color left in the fabric I have. They've been soaked and washed so many times. I'll use up what I have but I probably won't buy more.
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    Knock wood, but I have never experienced a bleed. My experience isnt vast (e.g., 10 years or more) but I have still sewn through a LOT of batiks. I always wash batiks in hot water and synthrapol before using but that isn't always possible when using precut strips. I tend to avoid batik jelly rolls for that reason, but a teacher who uses batiks almost exclusively suggested cutting out small bits of batik fabric and sewing them down on a strip of white cotton. She said to soak overnight in really hot water and then check the strip for color absorption so you know if you have to exclude any fabrics. I have tried her method on some Hoffman Bali Pops and none of them leeched color. Same teacher also suggested that if your background fabrics are also batiks it doesn't really matter if any of the primary batik fabrics bleed.
    I didn't make this beautiful GFG quilt but it's on my wish list to do

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