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Thread: mixing batik with none batik fabric

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    Question mixing batik with none batik fabric

    I have bought some precut batik for a quilt and my question is can I use none batik fabric for the background?
    It is hard to find light color batik, white or off white.
    has anyone done that and how did the quilt came out?

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    Yes, you can mix them. I will attach a couple of pics. The log cabin blocks are all batik. Tonga Meringue are the light colored ones...well mostly that brand. I did mix in a few pieces of other beige batiks. The other quilt is all batik, but on premium muslin background.

    If your LQS doesn't stock light batiks, you can find them online at a variety of places.

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    Yup!

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    There has been a couple of other threads about this subject in the past couple of weeks. You can mix quilting cottons with batiks. Just make sure you pre wash your batiks. You can prewash the precuts by hand. This is a quilt that I made and the yellow background and the dark purple in the borders is quilting cottons and all the rest are batiks.
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    thank you,
    your quilts are lovely

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    Absolutely you can mix them. There is nothing that says you have to have pure batiks on a quilt!!!

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    Auntpiggylpn that is a really cute Frog quilt.wwhere can i get the pattern?

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    I would add, if you are mixing batiks with other cottons, wash everything and pre-shrink. Batiks and cottons often do not shrink the same and can make a quilt look pretty strange after the quilt is finished and washed many times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by landers1 View Post
    Auntpiggylpn that is a really cute Frog quilt.wwhere can i get the pattern?
    It is a pattern by Java House and it is called "Infrognito" I'm willing to sell my pattern as I doubt I will use it again. PM me if interested! or it can be found here http://www.javahousequilts.com/scrip...roductlist=yes
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyElisabeth View Post
    I would add, if you are mixing batiks with other cottons, wash everything and pre-shrink. Batiks and cottons often do not shrink the same and can make a quilt look pretty strange after the quilt is finished and washed many times.
    Definitely, pre-wash everything. Batiks (because of the high temps used) don't shrink, but frequently bleed. The regular cottons may shrink. It is best to get all the messy stuff over before the fabrics go into a quilt.
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    Very pretty quilts

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    nice quilts

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    Marbles mix well with batiks.
    I have had a batik that even though it was washed bled when my quilt was washed. Luckily it only shows on the muslin backing.

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    Yes and they turn out beautiful. I love your quilts auntpiggylpn, they are so beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1 View Post
    Definitely, pre-wash everything. Batiks (because of the high temps used) don't shrink, but frequently bleed. The regular cottons may shrink. It is best to get all the messy stuff over before the fabrics go into a quilt.
    but, would you wash bali pop strips? guess, only hand washing ???
    my LQS claims that batiks do not need to be prewash.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtkoldra View Post
    but, would you wash bali pop strips? guess, only hand washing ???
    my LQS claims that batiks do not need to be prewash.........
    I generally prewash everything except the precuts. When the quilt is finished, I wash it with a few color catchers and have never had a problem. The precuts I have used were always the brand names, not the generic ones from Walmart or Joann's, so I don't know how those behave. I have never had any bleeding onto my quilts, but sometimes the color catchers come out dark. It's funny, I would expect that it would be the reds/blues/purples that throw off the most dye, but often it's the yellows/greens. I don't know why, just my experience.

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    As Rose Marie said, Marbles are good. And I would also suggest Fossil Ferns if you want a similar look to the batik without actually being batik.

    Tho I would have no problem with mixing batik and non-batik fabrics - as long as I am happy with how the fabrics look together, then no problem!
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    Yes, you can combine non-batik fabrics with batiks...I mostly have non-batiks, but sometimes, a batik is just what is needed as a blending color. Works great!

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    I'm just finishing a pseudo french braid and I used several non-Bali pops in it because of the variety they offered. They do look, at very first glance, like they might also be batik. I did not wash the batic strips before I began (everything I had read said "don't"! because the edges might fray), but I am sooo glad someone mentioned using color grabbers! Hadn't thought of that (I usually only use them when washing fabric before sewing it if it looks like it might run, but will be washing this after... mostly soft, lighter colors). Love this QB!

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