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I haven't worked with batiks very much. I am starting a project using all batiks. Is there a right or wrong side to the fabric? How do you keep it straight when cutting small pieces?

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Comment by Pam/NY on December 30, 2013 at 3:26pm

Thanks Cornwoman...I have noticed a slight difference and have tried to keep it straight!

Comment by Cornwoman on December 30, 2013 at 8:24am

You've gotten lots of good tips on batiks.  I use mostly batiks and before I cut into them, I carefully examine both sides of the fabric.  The color on each side can be slightly different, but just as importantly, I have found that the "print" or detail of the batik is much sharper on one side or the other.  So depending on the color and/or whether the detail of the batik are important or add to your design, can make a difference.  But really, in the end, there is no right or wrong side to them.  

Comment by Pam/NY on December 28, 2013 at 6:15am

Good tip Linda...thanks!

Comment by LKC on December 27, 2013 at 7:41pm

Some batiks seem to have the same feel on both sides, but one side will have better color. Then some feel smooth on one side and ruff on the other. The feel will help to have the same side up. That is what I have been noticing as I am using lots of scrapes batiks in the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.

Comment by Pam/NY on December 27, 2013 at 4:52am

I'm using Kaufman's...thanks for the tip...

Comment by Debra Miller on December 26, 2013 at 8:22pm
From the source I mean India, Mid East etc. And I meant Moda. Sorry
Comment by Debra Miller on December 26, 2013 at 8:21pm
Pam, are using commercial batiks? If you are using REAL Batiks from the sourcen make sure to test color fastness. Commercial batiks like Mods, Robert Kauffman, should be color fast.
Comment by Jodi Cramer on December 26, 2013 at 11:50am

Great tips for batiks. I haven't used them much, mostly because I am trying to use fabrics from my stash. But I will remember what has been posted here. Thanks!

Comment by Pam/NY on December 26, 2013 at 11:08am

Luckily, this will be machine quilted! This is a wedding gift and I find now that unless they are special people in my life they don't get hand quilted!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 26, 2013 at 10:52am
Looks like you already have answers. Because I hand quilt, I often choose faux batik, and there is a wrong side to those. (I find batik a little difficult to quilt through for my old, stiff fingers.

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