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Archive for the day “May 12, 2014”

Dipping a toe in Batiks

The elephant in the room…

I’m not a fan of Batik fabrics in quilts, being of the more traditional bent when it comes to how I want my quilts to look.  With that said, far be it from me to pass judgment without trying it.

The sticky wicket…

Knowing my predisposition regarding these materials, it took me a great deal of time to find a pattern that I could feel more than just lukewarm over.  Even the feel of the fabric was different from the cotton I normally use. I noticed while going through my choices at the local fabric store that I really couldn’t decide what would be best for the pattern that I had chosen.  If you’ve never felt batik fabric before, it has a feel of Papyrus to cotton’s paper which was new to me and gave me reason to hope.

Every cloud has a silver lining…

Setting this as a goal for myself has brought together more pieces to the quilting puzzle and has enabled me to learn new techniques.  Batik fabrics also have the advantage, at least for me, of sewing together far quicker and (straighter???) than any other fabrics that I have used.  I call it the “anti-flannel” for easy it is to sew together.  Each block in this quilt took such a long time and if you look you can see I cheated by using cornerstones.  I’m very happy with the final result.

Here is the finished product that turned out much better than I could have hoped for.

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The first flannel is complete!!

After making so very many purchases to get all of the different flannel I wanted in this small quilt, I had to make an additional trip to the store for more of the solid flannel.  This last trip left me with enough flannel to make two quilts.

IMG_0006You might think this would  be a good thing, but in my opinion it just reminds me that there’s another quilt that needs my attention and I don’t even get the sense that I’ve completed one.

This of course is a flannel quilt, rife with it’s own issues.  I did pin… every… little… piece… and still managed to get it all wonky somehow.  IMG_0007

By the title that I’ve chosen, I’d have you believe this was the very first flannel quilt I’ve every made but that would be incorrect.  Allow me to say that I’ve made several, but the others’ that I’ve put needle and thread to were of the Christmas and baby variety.  This is the first truly flannel quilt for flannel quilts’ sake.

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I learned quite a bit while shopping for fabric for this quilt.  Apparently there is a great difference in flannel fabric.  Without going into too much detail, I’ll limit myself to speaking about the flannel you’ll find at the fabric store.  Generically it comes down to about four types.  Baby flannel, quilting flannel, felt flannel (my term), and shirting flannel.  The difference caught me off guard when it came to the register.  The differences were so minute that the store gets them mixed together.

The lady checking me out gave the total that shocked me and as we looked at why the discounts weren’t applying found that I had chosen three different types of flannel and only one type was on sale.

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Back to the quilt as it came together.  Normally square quilts don’t blow my hair back and as you can see, I sort of painted myself into a corner with the pattern I came up with.  Que Sera, Sera…  Quilts I’ve found can take on a life of their own.  After this one was complete and I did the mad dash the day it was due at Linda’s, the backing almost became a huge issue.  Why, oh why, don’t I factor in the size of the quilt when selecting the amount of material I purchase for the backing?!?

The finished quilt, bound with so-softies and pierced with yarn.

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