Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Batik Quilt Backing

This week, I decided I wanted to get started on a quilt for the back of the flower quilt I finished in October. I'd like to get these projects done so I can send them off to the machine quilter and finish binding them this winter.

The option I ultimately selected is called Fire Dance and I grabbed the design from Batik Beauties by Laurie J. Shifrin. I want a quilt that isn't too difficult but is still striking.
I found the perfect fabric for the large field at Indonesian Batiks; it's called Red Planet Rising.

I'm still trying to figure out the other colors. I'd like to use a burgundy fabric I already own, but I'm struggling with the other two options. I made a couple of test blocks from fabric I already have, but I don't like how it turned out. There's not enough contrast between the Red Planet Rising and the raspberry batik next to it.
So, I decided to change the secondary colors to yellow, but I've exhausted my stash. I use up a lot of yellow fabric. I ordered some fabric today but since it's a week before Christmas, I won't be surprised if it takes two weeks for my order to arrive.

I did mostly finish the rag quilt. I haven't snipped the seams yet, but I sewed it all together. I like how cozy it is and I think I'll make more. I'm still not sure about the exposed seams, but I really like that I don't have to spend another $65+ for someone to machine quilt it for me. So, I'm going to give this technique a shot for a couple more lap quilts this winter once I figure out the fabrics and layouts.
We just subscribed to Disney+ for winter so we're probably going to fall into a bit of a TV binge. There are quite a few movies we've been wanting to see that we now have access to.


  1. There are quilt as you go techniques. And I like to quilt larger things in sections and put the sections together at the end.

    1. I used to have a book about individually quilting blocks and then attaching them together with bias tape. At the time I decided it was too weird and I ditched the book. Machine quilting has gotten so expensive, I might think about trying it now.

    2. I suggest you do an internet search. There are several variations on how to do it.