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 multi-block quilts and be amazed how she selects her colors - I find it very hard to stop admiring her quilts! She offers some great advice 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.

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Pattern courtesy of Hoffman. Dots and Dashes Quilt Pattern. Pattern courtesy of Robert Kaufman. Dazzling Jewels Quilt Pattern. Pattern courtesy of South Sea. Batavian Batik Quilt Pattern.

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Pattern Courtesy of Timeless Treasures. Askew Gelato Quilt Pattern. Pattern Courtesy of Benartex. Desert Trails Quilt Pattern. Pattern Courtesy of Hoffman. A Day At The Beach Quilt Pattern.

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Pattern Courtesy of Hoffman. Glacier Moon Quilt Pattern. Pattern Courtesy of Hoffman. Go With The Flow Quilt Pattern. Pattern Courtesy of Robert Timeless Treasures. Green Tea Quilt Pattern.

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Pattern Courtesy of Timeless Treasures. Mango Salsa Stars Quilt Pattern. Pattern Courtesy of Anthology. Ripples Quilt Pattern. Pattern Courtesy of Hoffman. Sand In My Shoes Quilt Pattern.

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Pattern Courtesy of Robert Hoffman. Springtime Willow Quilt Pattern. Pattern Courtesy of Robert Hoffman. Teatime In Bali Quilt Pattern. Pattern Courtesy of Timeless Treasures. Ribbon Swirls Quilt Pattern.

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Pattern Courtesy of Timeless Treasures. Tropical Punch Quilt Pattern. Pattern Courtesy of Hoffman. Ubud Quilt Pattern. Pattern Courtesy of Hoffman. Willow Garden Quilt Pattern.

Tips to help you

  1. Take great care when cutting your fabrics - use a sharp blade on your rotary cutter and/or a sharp pair of scissors.
  2. 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.
  3. When adding appliqué to your quilts use a light weight fusible web like Lite Steam-A-Seam.

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