Monday, September 8, 2014

I am up For the Challenge (Or am I?)

 This isn't something you see often on my blog. BATIKS! Aren't they beautiful?
Back in March I was contacted by Keio asking if I'd be willing to showcase her batiks in my blog.
Here are her words, "This year, I made my dream come true and with the help of my mother I started my own business! Me and my mother are involved directly in the manufacturing process by picking the color and pattern combinations ourselves."

You can see them and purchase them at the Etsy site HERE. 

Isn't that cool? So, this past week I received them in the mail, have them washed up and ready to be made into a quilt. I had an idea (even on EQ) but after seeing them in real life I've changed my design plan. I will start cutting them into strips this week! Stay tuned.....



These two remind me of quilted feathers. Absolutely amazing!


Have you used batiks in your quilts? Edyta Sitar uses them very effectively and I know Jo Morton is using them too. What do you think of that?


23 comments:

  1. What is the name of her shop--your linky won't work for me--thanks--I love her dotted batiks...thanks, hugs, Julierose

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  2. They look delicious!! Have fun working with them. I look forward to seeing what you create.

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  3. I love working with batiks, but I haven't yet caught on to incorporating them in with my CW repros, as the two designers you mentioned have. I haven't seen what Jo does in this direction, but Edyta's work is amazing. Her batiks don't seem quite as bright as these pretty things you received. I guess that is what I love about the batiks--when I want to play in colors that make me think of lush tropical locales, I turn to, batiks, which I tend to buy in the brighter varieties like you picture here. Have fun with them! Can't wait to see what you do. : )

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  4. I'm not a Fan of Batiks, but they are pretty colors. Have fun designing.

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  5. I've used batiks with other "regular" fabric and I love the look. I don't use batiks alone though.

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  6. I've made a few quilts in Batiks from kits. My only problem with them, I have such a hard time telling the front from the back. The ones on your post are gorgeous! Beautiful!!!

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  7. These are very pretty! I love the brightness of batiks for modern quilts. I also like the subtly patterned ones for ''solids'' in traditional quilts, mixed in. Plain solids seem so boring sometimes. The quality of the cotton is so nice too. [I ve also used batiks for my kids' comfortor covers and pillow cases....]

    lizzy

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  8. These are gorgeous and I do love batiks, but I don't have much confidence using them yet. I have worked a few into some of my quilts though. I think it just comes more naturally to some than others. Or maybe I'm just a little slow to adapt? LOL

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  9. thos batiks are glorious, I wish Keio and her new venture, every success.

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  10. They are gorgeous! Several years ago I made a purse out of batik strips and I STILL get complements on it. I have made a few things with batiks, but not a regular quilt. Many of my friends in Texas have though.

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  11. Very beautiful fabric. I have a hard time with batiks but always love mixing a piece in here or there. Am looking forward to seeing what you do with these!

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  12. I love sewing with batiks... I have made a table runner, clothing and a couple of quilts with them. They do pose a few challenges - they're very tightly woven so you need a sharp new needle when you begin and may have to change the needle in the middle of a large project. If you can't tell the right side from the wrong side, then it's just the other right side. Once it's in the project no one else will be able to tell either. The nice thing is that cotton batik is very stable fabric so there's not as much distortion if you cut it on the bias. Rayon batik makes wonderful garments.

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  13. Love batiks. I did some of the projects from Eydta's books for the shop and I mixed batiks with cottons (including William Morris prints) It was fun.

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  14. I have viewed batiks being used with quilt cottons and yes they play nicely together. These are really pretty! Looking forward to view your use of them.

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  15. I am amazed at how Edyta uses batiks and reproduction fabrics together, I think the reason is that Moda does a great job of making the batiks work with the rest of her fabric line. they blend more and a great variety of lights, med and darks. I still have a hard time using them with my repros but have no problem mixing them with kaffe's or brights. I really look forward to seeing what you make with these they are pretty.
    Kathie

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  16. Intrigued to see what you come up with but they are not my go to fabrics - more of a tone on tone person I think

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  17. These batiks are very striking! Looking forward to seeing how you use them! Edyta Sitar was the designer that brought me into the world of batiks... they do blend nicely with some cottons!

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  18. I like them very much, but haven't really combined them into my project very much.
    I did use several on a recent project, but haven't posted it yet -
    have fun

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  19. My mom's favorite fabrics are batiks and I made her a king sized quilt for their bed using them. I think they are really pretty and they do make pretty jewelry, but not really my thing to use on a daily basis. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with these - they really are pretty!

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  20. Batiks or 1800's reproduction, that's how I roll! You will make a beautiful quilt with these!!

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  21. Can't wait to see what you decide to make with them. Might be a new favorite for you!!

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  22. WOW, these are lovely batiks! I have a growing pile of them. I keep telling myself "I'm saving them"….hhhmmm, wonder what! ha!

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  23. Those are beautiful. I made my first quilt from all batiks this past year and it turned out lovely but it was the first time I'd hand quilted batiks. Those batiks are alot harder to hand quilt I discovered. But even though I grumbled, it turned out very nice.

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