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Thread: Question on Batiks

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    I've read several times that longarm quilters may have problems with skipped stitches when quilting batiks. I don't remember whether their solution was to slow down when stitching, use a different type of needle or change the tension.

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    I love batiks but, Amanda, I loooooove your avatar. Are they all your puppies? So sweet!

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    I prefer working with batiks. They don't stretch as much and rarely fray.

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    Where do you all purchase Retayne? I have never seen it before and I think it would be a good idea to have some on hand.

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    I love working w/batiks as well! I was advised to use a "sharps" machine needle with them because of the tighter weave of the fabric. Enjoy your batiks!!

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    I love and have used Batiks for ages. I was quite surprised when I joined the BB and saw see that people felt they were hard to work with. They do feel a little thicker than some of your other cotton fabrics, but I like that.
    I guess it is personal preference. I just love the color play in Batiks.

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    I use batiks all the time. My son, the sewing machine mechanic, suggested I use a "quilting" needle on my machine. The point is sharper and the shaft is thinner than a universal. It goes through the fabric easier with less chance of pulling threads. His suggestion worked great.

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    I love batiks. I prewash them in Retayne to set the dye but I use them like any other fabric. I hand quilt. They are woven tighter so they are a little harder to stitch but use a sharp needle and it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wholeheart Mom
    Where do you all purchase Retayne? I have never seen it before and I think it would be a good idea to have some on hand.
    Internet or your Local Quilt shop.

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    They are not difficult to work on, they are very well made & easy to sew on, the only thing I have found is they are hard to hand quilt .

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    This is why I LOVEEEEEEEEE this board!!!!!!!! I am a hand quilter also, so I am going to experiment on a small project but I am guessing anything large will have to be sent out. You guys are the best! And Barbara, I WISH those were my puppies!!! I have 2 goldens and am a goldenaholic :) Thanks for all the great tips!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amanda from South Texas
    I absolutely love batiks, the color, the richness, etc. and have purchased (of course enough for everyone on the board to quilt haha). But I have read so often people discussing how batiks are a challenge to work with and now I am intimidated to use them. Why are they difficult to use?
    Maybe what they are referring to "hard to work with" is that they are so tightly woven that quilting them is the issue, I have been told by Hand Quilters that they are very difficult to hand quilt, but it's not stopping me Love Batiks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amanda from South Texas
    This is why I LOVEEEEEEEEE this board!!!!!!!! I am a hand quilter also, so I am going to experiment on a small project but I am guessing anything large will have to be sent out. You guys are the best! And Barbara, I WISH those were my puppies!!! I have 2 goldens and am a goldenaholic :) Thanks for all the great tips!!
    I love Goldens too. That's my Henry over there <<<<<.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heartwarming quilts
    I love batiks! I piece them, applique them, collect them and pet them.
    ME TOO!!! :D :D :D

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    Never had a problem with batiks. The last one I purchased, though, a deep, rich, saturated blue, took a lot of rinsing before the color stopped bleeding. It still looks just as good, so I'm happy.

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    Batiks are awesome and you should in no way be intimidated. I do find they lose a little color with the first wash because of the wax processing they go through, but it is generally minimal. A Shout color catcher in the first wash usually handles it. They are a woven a little tighter than other quilting fabrics so you may want to start you project with a fresh blade in your rotary cutter and a new needle in your sewing machine. And you can mix batiks with any other fabric in a quilt, no problem. So, sit back, relax and ENJOY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I am making a batik wedding wall quilt for my son and soon to be DARLING DIL!!!
    Anyway, I am hand quilting it and it's working out beautifully! I machine pieced it. No problems and soooooooo pretty!! :D
    That is wonderful!! Are you gonna share the beautiousness with us?

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    Love everything about batiks; the colors are absolutely stunning, and the feel of them is soooo good.

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    YOu should be able to get retayne at Dharma Trading online as they sell stuff for dying fabrics. I love batilks and am doing my quilt now in batiks.

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    i use batiks all the time and also make my own.

    i have never had a problem working with them.

    i do set the dyes with retayne so they won't bleed but aside from that my experience has been great.
    ok question..Can you toss ALL the colored batiks in the wash and add retayne or do you wash by color load only?
    I have the same question - can they be washed all together, regardless of color?

    I have about 40 fat quarters I will be using and they are all different.

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    Yes, I'm wondering about washing different colors together, too. I have a jelly roll of batiks and would love to know.

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    I am not what you would call a quilter, but I have worked with batiks because I love the color the richness and the feel. I have used them in hand applique, and they work up great. They don't ravel like a lot of fabric and when you are making small pieces in applique that is very important, they work up beautifully in piecing, I can't think of one bad thing to say about them. Batiks are the best. I am currently collecting to make two different types of quilts, one piecing and the other hand applique. Don't ever be afraid to use them, they are by far the best. Can you tell I love them lol..

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    I would not wash greatly different colors at the same time.

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    I love batiks. They are eye candy to me and the color from them just is so much more appealing to me. I think it is about the colors and the texture. With cotton fabric color is part of the attraction but then there is design, too. In the beginning, didn't care for them until I saw the Tonga line and fell in love with the various colors and color graduations. Find a block you really like, buy fat quarters to use and see how they work for you.

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    My sweet baby sister(59) sent me a charm pack, 8 fat quarters, and 6 1/2 yd. pieces of batiks in blues and browns. I am in heaven. Now I need some suggestions for a pattern that will show them off effectively on a queen size bed. I have researched mega sites on the web, but still.... Please help with suggestions. (And yes, I have ordered several more yards of lighter batiks to fill out the necessay yardage reqs. )

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