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Ok I couldn't stop the computer. I thought I would pass the time gazing at the materials that CT has added and the next thing I know, buttons were pushed, an order was placed. I know the computer has gremlins! Yes, the other half will go for that one. Ok he won't but he isn't here, so it doesn't matter. :)

I've been reading about everyone going on about the batiks material. I've looked at it in the stores but I've never worked with it in my quilts. So if anyone happens to stop by and read this post, perhaps you could give me some pointers in dealing with batiks. I bought some many years ago because I liked the colors. It was still heavily coated with the wax that they used to make the material. I know I washed the material but I've lost track of it somewhere in the many many moves I've made sence then.

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Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on August 16, 2010 at 10:42am
You're right, batiks make a brilliant top but not so good on the back. Also, due to its higher thread count, it isn't good for hand-quilting or sashiko, top or back. Sensational for applique, needle-turn or fusible. I love 'em and am embarrased to say I have an enormous collection. They are almost too beautiful to use! Your price can't be beat anywhere I shop. Batiks are running $10 a yard or more in California.
Comment by Connecting Threads on August 15, 2010 at 7:56pm
Oh Kathy, I'm so happy for gremlins!
Comment by Laurie on August 15, 2010 at 7:53pm
I love batiks for appliqued flowers because you can get the two tone effect if you fussy cut. I don't have any problems with mixing batiks with most other fabric. My RR tracks quilt is done with batiks. Although I must say mixing batiks with Kona Cotton is a little different and wouldn't do that again. Kona Cotton is much thicker.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on August 15, 2010 at 7:52pm
Janet, thanks for the clue about the batiks for backing. Was thinking about ordering batik to back my DB and SIL's quilt. Now that is a definite no. Thanks for your help.
Comment by Marnie/NH on August 15, 2010 at 1:22pm
lol Kathy! My computer must be having the same problem. I just HAD to buy books before the sale was done ! Enjoy your batiks
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on August 15, 2010 at 10:31am
That gremlin was at my house too but I have to admit I didn't fight him off too hard. There were a couple books I'd been tempted by and the sale was almost over............and then the new fabrics came out...............certainly not my fault!
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on August 15, 2010 at 7:45am
The Sept/Oct issue of McCalls Quilting magazine has a brief article about batiks written by Lynda Milligan & Nancy Smith, the women of "Possibilities." You might want to check their article out.
Comment by Janet/MO on August 15, 2010 at 7:25am
My hand tried to push some of those buttons the other day, but I managed to slap it back in to submission! LOL As far as batiks are concerned, they will feel a bit different to work with as they are more slippery & will feel stiffer. However, once you use them you will love them. I don't care to mix them in with other quilt fabrics because they do feel so different, but a lot of people do so that is a personal choice. I will say that I would never use batiks for a backing again because the one quilt I did that with is so slippery it slides right off when you are trying to cover up with it. Not a cuddly quilt by any means. I am hoping to get started on a New York Beauty wallhanging soon that will be made out of purple & green batiks.
Comment by Terry F on August 15, 2010 at 6:29am
I know how easy it is to "accidentally" push that final button. . . .

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