Batik Quilt Patterns
Batik quilt patterns always have that something extra special about
them. The fabric feels like the thread is finer and when pieced in a
quilt the seams appear to contain less bulk. Add to this the depth of
color within each bolt of fabric and in my mind you have magic.
In 2011, I made an Alice in Wonderland quilt for my granddaughter and a
second variation for myself. I decided to make mine entirely out of
batiks (appliqués only) and the first one out of regular quilting
fabrics. Below you can see a photo of the same block out of both fabrics
and to me the batik one on the left is more vibrant, has greater depth
and just pops more, even though it has not been finished as the
non-batik Alice has been.
One of the well known quilt designers who uses batiks in most of her
quilts is McKenna Ryan. She loves working with batiks because of the
fabrics high thread count and the saturation of color. She is so passionate about which fabric she uses that she has created her own
fabric line with Hoffman California Fabrics. Visit her
FAQs and How To's page and be amazed how she selects her colours and so much more - I find it very hard to stop admiring her quilts! She offers some
for those wanting to use her patterns.
Below are a selection of
batik quilt patterns including several by McKenna Ryan. Any quilt
pattern you want to make can also be made using batik fabrics.
Free Batik Quilt Patterns
Tips to help you
- Take great care when cutting your fabrics - use a sharp blade on your rotary cutter and/or a sharp pair of scissors.
- Take care and time choosing your fabrics. As McKenna says this will help
your quilt come to life. She often auditions several fabrics before one
is chosen. Here a design wall comes in very useful.
- When adding appliqué to your quilts use a light weight fusible web like Lite Steam-A-Seam.
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