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Thread: MIXING FABRICS

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    Can any one tell me is it OK to mix Batik and Traditional Patterned Fabrics together in the one quilt?
    Has any one done this before?
    Would this look strange?

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    yes and there are no rules when it comes to your quilting. You can choose whatever fabrics work for you!!!

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    You can do it....we won't call the quilt police

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    absolutely mixable. Batik (usually) is just another cotton.

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    I watched a program with Edyta Sitar, who makes fantastic quilts and she mixes them all the time. If she can do it, that makes it OK in my book.

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    Absolutely!! Only one small word of advise. If the pieces you are going to work with are very small (1") then will have to pay very close attention to your 1/4" seam allowances. You could have a slightly different 1/4" allowance when you match batik to batik, batik to reg cotton, and reg cotton to reg cotton.

    If the pieces are larger you won't notice as much.

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    Always remember, the quilt police don't know what they are doing. Most of the time they are not quilters. Besides, IT IS YOUR QUILT. Do what you want. I have mixed batiks and regular fabrics often and am always pleased with the outcome.

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    I do it all the time. It's your quilt you can make it however you want.

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    sure it's your quilt.
    no quilt police here.

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    SHHHH...doing it right now...again.

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    sure,,,just wash the regular fabric first! shrinking will occur and the batiks, are already washed, so they won't shrink the same as the others...

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    Heavens, I do it all the time! The only rule that matters is that you like the combination.

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    I am a batik nut but I mix fabrics as needed in fact I am planning a patriotic quilt that will use every red and blue I own.

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    I am NOT the Quilt Police. I think everyone should do what floats their boat. However... I have an experienced friend who mixed batiks and regular cotton quilting fabric in a quilt once, and she did struggle a bit. She said the quilting cotton had a lot more give to it, while the batiks didn't, and seams where the two met were somewhat challenging. She said she wouldn't mix fabrics again. She used a package of Bali Pop batiks. Her quilt turned out beautiful, though! Here's a picture:
    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...1/06/Nancy.jpg

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    Yes! I do it all the time and like it. As for the looks it is all up to you. If you like it go for it. Here are some.
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    gosh, I mix em all the time, and never had a problem

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    When I was new to quilting, and didn't know any better, I used batiks as sashing. Came out great. But I was prewashing all my fabrics back then. So, I agree; wash the cottons first.

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    I mix them with great results! If you like how they look together, go for it! Here are a few that I've done.
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    katier825, I love all 3 of your quilts, but especially the 1st one. Is that one done in shades of teal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnsim
    katier825, I love all 3 of your quilts, but especially the 1st one. Is that one done in shades of teal?
    Yes, teals, turquoise, aquas. My favorite colors I guess, since many of my quilts end up with that color scheme. The butterflies and dragonflies fabric was the inspiration for it. I forget the maker, but it was advertised for ovarian cancer quilts. I didn't make it for anyone with cancer though...I just loved the fabrics. They had metallic thru them and are so pretty.

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    They play VERY nicely together :D:D:D

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    No, it would not look strange! No more than any combination of prints and solids looks strange! I personally find all batiks to be slightly dizzying, and prefer them balanced with plains!

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    Absolutely yes!

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    I've done it and was happy with how it turned out.

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    it's okay to mix ALL fabrics....your choice! And odd? Nope...don't think so at all. The best piece of advice I ever got on choosing fabrics is not use all the same hues.....need a good mix - otherwise, your pattern will get lost. Didn't quite know what that meant until I started to look at kits sold online - and finally got it.

    Love the batiks - and to throw in more traditional fabric - hey, go for it!!!!

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