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    Batiks are my favorites. When I need a special piece of fabric for a project for example , sky fabric with clouds, I get out my paints and create it. When I need grass with flowers, I create it. Its so much fun.

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    I have loved batik long before ever considering sewing and or quilting. I love the variations in the patterns especially to use as background art in mixed media or not!

    As a matter of fact I recently took batik and cut various ones into a butterfly which is in 2D and than used the same piece as a background to put the butterfly on. It gives it the very effect I imagined it would and wanted and that is it seemingly appears to have the butterflies there and flying off into the distance causing it to blend in as if disappearing.

    I wasn't sure how "quilters" take it or think of it and it got literally a lot of positive feedback with some wanting them. Of course they didn't get them but I did offer if they got the materials and brought it at the next "sew after" I'd bring my die cutting machine with the die and cut them some.

    Batiks are wonderful to use not just as backgrounds but also creating fabric art and using various ones to paint your picture with.

    Batik fabric like all fabric depends on the type thickness fabric you get for it to look really good. I have some of the usual stiff batik from local stores and recently purchased a bunch of it of a retailer on eBay which is a whole lot nicer and workable than the WalMart ones.

    A lot of quilters don't seem to like batik for whatever reason but when you start looking at it as your canvas to create a new art and also as your paint to paint that piece it opens up an entirely other world.

    Batik works really well in 2D, 3D effects for applique besides as a background canvas.

    You really need to try it and create something to learn to appreciate it.

    You can also take ugly fabrics and dye them over into batiks and get an entirely different piece.

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    its ok, I dont like the brown and blue together and it is really popular now. everyone has different tastes. thats what makes the world go round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rb.
    I love them, it's mostly visual. As for machine quilting them, I have no problem. I dislike printed fabrics since I started using batiks...they just look amateurish to me. Batiks speak to me, visually they flow like water, they're earthy to me. Yeah, maybe I'm nuts. LOL
    I totally agree with you. Fabric has to speak to me. I am not a big fan of printed fabrics unless I can use it as paint for my project.

    Personally I prefer to create one of a kind watercolored projects regarding fabric as either my canvas or my paint that will go on. I also have never cared for calico fabrics.

    When I look at the many beautiful quilts folks create many of them don't speak to me even though the work is beautiful. If I visually can't see a picture in the project it simply does not speak to me.

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    Hoffman Batiks have a very soft luxurious hand to them.
    Diane/Wyoming

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    I'm not crazy about them to use, but I have seen a lot of beautiful quilts made with them.
    I do have a few I did purchase, but that was because of a need of use in a project.

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    yes, batiks do have a funny feel, yet, if you tend to art/craft/and pure creativity - maybe non home quilting but art quilting batiks are simply another tool, like paint brushes, oil sticks, drawing pens and pencils. I paint. Batik fabric almost crawls across the floor when I look at it! The color is so fliud you can feel it wash over you! I love batiks over most other fabric yet have the least of it because it is so expensive. I think it works extremely well for art dolls, too. sharet

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    When planning their "first quilt" with my granddaughters, I decided to keep it simple and bought charm packs. I let them choose what they wanted on the Connection Threads website, and two of them chose batiks (of course, they are the most expensive!). But I have really liked working with them, and the ones we bought at Connecting Threads are very silky feeling--not stiff at all.

    So...my first experience using batiks was a good one. I may use them in a quilt myself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arimuse
    yes, batiks do have a funny feel, yet, if you tend to art/craft/and pure creativity - maybe non home quilting but art quilting batiks are simply another tool, like paint brushes, oil sticks, drawing pens and pencils. I paint. Batik fabric almost crawls across the floor when I look at it! The color is so fliud you can feel it wash over you! I love batiks over most other fabric yet have the least of it because it is so expensive. I think it works extremely well for art dolls, too. sharet
    EXACTLY! I use it as the paint to my canvas so to speak.

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    I don't know yet. Just ordered some to try.

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    Some of us are tactile in nature ...if something doesn't feel good to the touch we don't want to work on it or wear it. I do like and use batiks sometimes to fit the project and because of the color variations from the hand dying process but I check the feel first since some feel nicer and handle better than others. If it's too stiff I usually pass on it.

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    The fabric does not feel good; you'll get no argument from me about that, plus there is it's propensity to bleed color. However, I just love the swirly colors; I think most of them are absolutely stunning.

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    I just can't see what to use them for. I've seen pretty stuff done with them, but I can't visualize them in my stuff. Some quilters just don't care for them and that is okay.

    I find too many have places that are muddy. Like when 1st graders get to use watercolors on big paper. Sort of a purpley yellowy greenish diareha looking color. UGH

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    I love batiks, I love the colors and how they look in a quilt, I have never had trouble quilting them. My avatar is a batik quilt.

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    To each his own. I'm not thrilled by civil war or reprodection prints, but I love batiks.

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    As a hippie of the 60's, I made and loved tie dyed things. When I first saw batik fabric, my first thought was---finally, tie dyed fabric that I didn't have to mess with....I still love it.

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    I think many batiks are just beautiful. But, I've not sewn much with them because I have difficulty selecting a pattern that would work well with batiks. Does anyone have a suggestion?

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    I am a batik nut I wish I was more computer wise I would post the quilts I have made What I like is the vibrant colors .I am a jewel color nut and I find batiks lend to the use of 100 or more fabrics in a quilt .I also enjoy the fact that there is no wrong side to a good batik.Right now I am using batiks in Carol Doaks mariners compass stars and the quilt on my page is 100 percent batiks A simple quilt pattern out of batiks is the use of wonder blocks on point . I do wash all fabric before using I find I am sensitive to .tHe smell.This may help some.Happy quilting.

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    I think it's all about the colors and the free-form of the design that makes me like them. They aren't for every project, but it's nice to include them with a solid to make something that really stands out. Some of them looks like dark storm clouds and I think that's what originally attracted me to them. I love to use them on the back of quilts, too.

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    I never met a batik I didn't like.

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    I Love them. From the first second I saw a quilt made with them. And there probably aren't many I don't like. When ever I am looking for fabric for a new quilt. I try to look at everything, but my eye goes right to the batik. I love the way you can use colors that you wouldn't think would work together, and with batiks they just all seem to blend together.

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    I love batiks - and those that technically are really more of a wax-resist type design. But - a big but - a lot depends on the fabric itself. I don't like the loosely woven cheaply made stuff. I love the soft fabric that might cost a little more. I've gotten a lot on sale, a lot at Marden's (super place!) and even bought full price if it's something I really loved (like the border to the first quilt picture I'm posting.) I've recently pared down my stash of everything to fabric I love and my actually someday use (still hundreds of yards) in an effort to organize my work space. If the batiks you are seeing are stiff and hard - maybe its the material. But, maybe you may just not like the looks. My daughter loves them - as you can see below - she not only claimed the mystery quilt I made a year ago (first photo), she had her aunt make her a batik quilt to hang on her wall. She's expecting, and if I get up enough gumption, I saw a baby quilt called "Baby's Trip to Bali" that I just might try out - using pastels.

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    I personally do not like Batik, but I am in awe at all of the beautiful, creative quilts that some of you here on the Board have made :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    What do you like about batik?
    They aren't so "in your face" as so many of the fabrics being produced for the younger "modern" quilter, nor are they the cutsie calicoes of years past.

    What's so great?
    They feel so luxurious, almost like silk.

    Why do you like them?
    They are wonderful to work with. They take a press nicely; seams lie very flat. They come in a variety of designs from blender-like patterns to some with designs that stand out.

    make me like them!! I see so many pretty quilts with them, but I just don't know.. am I defective or the only quilter here that doesn't like them?
    You are getting sleepy, very, very sleepy . . . You like batiks! You like batiks! You like batiks! You love batiks.

    No one can make you like them. I didn't like them at all in the beginning of their existence, but now, after having worked with them, I would rather work with them than other fabrics. Connecting Threads has batiks that are great quality and loads cheaper than others. I love using black as my background fabric & batiks just stand out so proudly against the black.

    No one is going to ban you from the quilting worls because of your personal choice. That's what is so great about quilters - we attack the Quiltzillas we encounter! :twisted:

    The thing we all need to remember is that we are supposed to be having fun, not feeling guilty about our preferences. Now, go out there and HAVE FUN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Dee
    I think many batiks are just beautiful. But, I've not sewn much with them because I have difficulty selecting a pattern that would work well with batiks. Does anyone have a suggestion?
    Do you get any fabric catalogs in the mail? Keepsake Quilting catalog is my favorite; it is chockful of pictures of gorgeous quilts, many of them using batiks. That would be a start for you. If you do not get the catalog and would like to, you can go to their website and either request it by e-mail or call their 800 telephone # which is listed on their home page. I think, too, they have a few free patterns that you can download, some ideal for batiks. There are also some fabulous looking batik quilts amongst the QB photos that you might find using the Search feature.

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