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    Ideas or thoughts - Batiks mixed with solids

    I haven't really played much with batiks, however, I am about to make a masculine quilt out of them. Now I want a black sashing between rows and blocks. What is rule of thumb....can I mix batiks with say a moda solid black or should I get a dark black batik and keep it all the same????? Anyone have pictures of batiks and solids mixed that you want to share with me to help me make up my mind before I cut up the fabric......Thanks!!!
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    I mix batiks and non-batiks all the time - no trouble ensues

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    Mix away! Sometimes a solid is needed to calm things down.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    No pictures to share, but solids work very well with batiks. They 'ground' them. I'm 'collecting' for a quilt for my BFF's DH (went to college with them both and have already done a quilt for her) that will be a dozen brown on black batiks with Kona black to set them off. I'm sure I won't want to part with it so I'm buying enough fabric for at least two of them!
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    There really are no quilt police...do what you like. I have seen batiks mixed with non-batiks and they are beautiful. Haven't seen them with solids, but think that would look very, very good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeMaris View Post
    I haven't really played much with batiks, however, I am about to make a masculine quilt out of them. Now I want a black sashing between rows and blocks. What is rule of thumb....can I mix batiks with say a moda solid black or should I get a dark black batik and keep it all the same????? Anyone have pictures of batiks and solids mixed that you want to share with me to help me make up my mind before I cut up the fabric......Thanks!!!
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    batiks are a (hand dyed) cotton fabric---you can mix them with anything you want. there is no rule...
    i have quilts that are pieces with batiks, calico's, solids, fairy frosts, silks, flannels & wools...use them the same you would any other fabric you choose to use in your quilt.
    the only thing to keep in mind is sometimes the saturated deep colors do bleed more than some other fabrics- it's usually a good idea to at least color test them to make sure they are not going to bleed- and they tend to be a bit tighter weave- so hand quilting is a little more challenging- a good new sharp needle is also a good idea
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    I have done a quilt mixing both and the plains made the Bali fabrics pop I used contrasting plains! Go for it!

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    I do that all the time. Here's one I made (still needs to be quilted), only batiks and black solid for sashing and borders.
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    Batiks do bleed more than other fabrics. I prewash batiks with retayne. So it's not a problem if you are using a black solid. But if you decide on a light colored solid--you would be wise to prewash with retayne.
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    Thank you all and thanks for the wonderful photo.....that is similiar to the look of what I am looking at. So that answered my question. You are all wonderful!!!! Thanks again!!!
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    Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing the picture. I was going for something that looked a tad stain glassed and seeing this picture....only makes me want to get my fabric cut and started.

    Thanks again for the wonderful picture of yours!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anael View Post
    I do that all the time. Here's one I made (still needs to be quilted), only batiks and black solid for sashing and borders.

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    I mix batiks with solids and prints all the time. I think it adds so much interest and enhances the batiks.
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    I saw a batik quilt in the making this past weekend. The quilter was using Aqua and blue solids as sashings. It was beautiful!

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    Solid black sets off batiks very well. I would recommend Michael Miller's Jet Black, as it is really deeper and blacker than others. It is usually available from http://www.fabric.com and http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/

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    Anael's beautiful quilt shows just how beautiful the combo can be
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    I started cutting the fabric last night....I can't wait to start sewing on it. I have a commissioned quilt on the longarm to finish and a large baby quilt after that, then I can start sewing this one for my brother and his wife.
    Thanks everyone for the help!

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    Good luck DeMaris and please show us your finished quilt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by anael View Post
    i do that all the time. Here's one i made (still needs to be quilted), only batiks and black solid for sashing and borders.
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    oh yes you can.black is wonderful with batiks and calms the motion down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anael View Post
    I do that all the time. Here's one I made (still needs to be quilted), only batiks and black solid for sashing and borders.
    wow-awesome quilt
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Upnorthcrafter

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    Here are two quilts I have done mixing batiks with non batiks. I don't use solids very often but I use plenty of blenders that "read" solid. I love mixing them.
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    Wow feline fanatic, those quilts are wonderful!
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    I love mixing blenders or solids with batiks.
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    I mix batiks with other fabrics and colors. I love the look of the batiks and think they can add a lot to a quilt.

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