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Thread: New to quilting and love the look of batik fabric

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    Hello to all of you! I just purchased my first quilt pattern and am looking forward to getting started. I have never "quilted" before, but I did make some blankets for my 3 grandchildren, which I was very proud of. Do you have any suggestions of an economical way to get started with getting the fabrics needed for quilts? The batik fabrics are just stunning, but in todays economy, I don't want to spend unwisely. Thank you for any suggestions or hep you can give.
    Sherry

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    Hi from Massachusetts, and welcome.

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    Welcome from NE CA. Glad you joined us. I've gotten fabric from thrift stores, finding a dress or skirt that I loved the fabric and cut it apart. I usually only buy fabric on sale. Thousands of Bolts and Honeyfork Fabrics on line, both have good prices and excellent service.

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    Look online or check your Yellow Pages for fabric stores. Look for fabric outlets or fabric warehouses. If there are some in your area, they can be worth checking out.

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    Welcome to the board, I don't have any suggestions, but wanted to say hi

    Rita

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    Hi Sherry, Welcome to quilting. I too love the look of batic fabrics. As a handquilter I usually steer clear of them for anything I will be handling a lot. The dying process tends to make them stiffer than other fabric and harder to work with, especially by hand.
    If your local Walmart still carries fabric they are a good source of reasonably priced material. JoAnns also has some great bargins especially in the clearance area. While I truly love Quilt Shop quality fabrics they are often too expensive for quilts that are not meant to be masterpieces. If you will be giving your work to those who don't know how to care for quality materials or you don't want to have to worry about your feelings getting hurt use the less expensive stuff.
    Good luck with your quilting and ENJOY!

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    I too love batiks but am currently on a very strict budget. I love to dye my own fabrics. If you dye white on white or tone on tone you can get some awesome looks. Even plain white can be made to look great by different dyeing methods. Perma press does not work well, I'm not talking Rit dyes. You can get the good stuff (procion fiber reactive dyes) at Dharma Trading Co. online

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    Hello Sherry

    Welcome from Nottingham, UK - lovely to see more quilters joining us here. You will love it - just wait & see.

    Now to answer your question regarding fabrics - don't laugh now but everytime my DH comes in from work & takes off his tie (he has an office related job in a hospital) I say umm that shirt looks like it needs replacing. He often raises his eyebrows, nothing quite like taking the shirt of the back of the person that feeds you LOL.
    Anyhow listen to me rabbiting on - I now make sure I use his old shirts & my boys shirts too. I wash them, I cut them up remove the buttons & press the fabric. Ta Dah your be amazed at just how much fabric you can get from one shirt. BTW the shirts are all 100% cotton.

    Go on get & have a good old root through the wardrobe LOL - Good Luck

    Tisha :P

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    Welcome from Pine Grove, CA!

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    Welcome from Phx. AZ.
    Hancocks of Paducah was advertizing batiks on sale, check out thier website.

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    If you have a Hancock Fabrics store near you they run their batik fabric on sale a lot. You can order it on line, but I like to avoid the shipping if I can. Oh, and by the way, I love batiks too. They are soooooo pretty.

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    Batiks are my very favorite. I use them for everything that I can. That is if I can make myself cut into them. I also used them for applique and didn't find any problems at all. But some do say they have problems with hand sewing and batiks. I have had a collection of batiks since the very first time I laid eyes on them, yrs. It wasn't until recently that I have been able to cut and use. Such a baby I am, but I just love them

    Rita

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    Welcome from Southern California.

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    There are places that you can purchase batiks online at a discount. Someone previously mentioned Thousands of Bolts. Another is Marshall Dry Goods http://www.marshalldrygoods.com/stor...;search]=batik. Their's are under $5/yd. I recently got some for the back & binding of a quilt and it was the same brand/quality that my LQS had. I do try to support my LQS whenever I can, but I am also trying to be careful due to the economy.

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    Welcome to the board from Missouri! And I LOVE batiks also, but watch for them on sale. I also have been able to visit Marshall Dry Goods in person and love their fabrics.
    I also find fabrics at thrift sotre sometimes, but I LOVE new fabrics. Join a guild in your area and you will find out where they get their fabrics and learn where they shop to get their "fix"! :?

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    I can't thank all of you enough for your warm welcome and your wonderful suggestions. I never thought of using old clothing. I volunteer at a thrift store, so that is a great idea! I am currently working on a jean pocket quilt for my grandsons, and was able to get a great deal at Goodwill on jeans they were getting rid of. They sold a "rag bag" of old jeans for about $6.00 a huge bag. Huge blessing. I hope it is Ok to share, I am attaching a few images of the quilt I made for my grand daughter. I did not know they were having a girl when I started it, but thankfully God was leading me, for it turned out pretty feminie!

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    Here is one of the other quilts I made for my grandson. It was my first time doing applique. I used all flannel fabrics. A little difficult with the edges some times, but turned out fine.

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    Oops, should check my spelling before I hit submit - I meant "feminine" on the first reply..... :-)

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    Cute quilt you have there!! I like them.

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    Oh my goodness those quilts are great. Yes you have a natural supply of fabric, old shirts etc you can get from where you work.

    Again thats wow on the quilts you made.

    Rita

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    Thank you for the compliments. I had the farm chores quilt machine quilted by someone. The other quilt was just tied. I made the mistake of putting iron on backing onto the fabic because it was shear and I did not want the ribbon work to show through the back. I had to pull every stitch through with plyers - not your usual sewing tool. I used craft ribbon instead of silk ribbon to make it more durable for little ones, so the extra thickness and the ribbon made it really difficult.

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    Hi and welcome, going through the closet is a great idea!
    you will be surprised what you might find.
    I once cut up a pair of DH's lounge pants, because I wanted to add them to a quilt!

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    Love your quilts!!

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    Your quilts are quite cute! Love the farm chores! I have to use grippers sometimes to pull the needle through and it really slows one down. :?

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    Welcome to the board! I LOVE batiks, myself! I'm working on a batik quilt right now, actually.

    I buy local as much as possible, but, whenever fabric.com has a sale....I usually take advantage. If you signup for their e-mail newsletter they will send codes for discounts....got 25% off my order today! :)

    Here's a picture of the batik quilt I am working on now.

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