I Love Batik!


Some quilters don't like batiks, many for the same reasons that I love them.  I've organized those reasons into three parts: color, texture, and themes.

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I Love Batik!

The history of batiks goes back 2,000 years, probably originating in Asia. The original fabric background was probably silk as expressed in beautiful silk batik screens in Japan. Batiks are hand-dyed and use a wax resist technique.

I Love Batik


The colors of batiks can range between dull browns/greens to the brightest tone-on-tone whites. The colors range from subtle to artsy to vibrant. The depth of the colors causes sellers to describe them as exotic, exquisite, and intense. The colors are arranged in artful combinations and add dimension to the quilt.



The texture of batik feels smooth and silky, almost slippery to the touch. There is a certain sheen that makes a quilter want to "pet" the fabric. It will soften well when washed and flatten when pressed. Batiks have a high thread count and don't seem to shed as much.



My favorite feature of batiks, though, is the themes. I love the lifelike leaves and flowers. I love the swirls and shades of nature.

dark blue


I love using batik as a natural background for landscape quilts, but I also love cutting them into confetti to use for trees and bushes. Batiks, which are basically the same on both sides, are perfect for landscape flora and fauna.



I love my batiks so much I store them separately from other fabrics in my fabric library (stash!). I keep each and every scrap – no scrap is too small to be used in a rock, a tree, or in a bird!



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A cloth which traditionally uses a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. Due to modern advances in the textile industry, the term has been extended to include fabrics which incorporate traditional batik patterns even if they are not produced using the wax-resist dyeing techniques. Silk batik is especially popular.
Debi Warner
Author and humorist, Debi Warner, retired after many years as a clinical librarian and information specialist. She has her Master’s in Library and Information Science and achieved a Distinguished level in the Medical Library Association’s Association of Health Information Professionals. She has worked on teaching physicians to use computers and electronic resources. She also worked on several grants teaching the public how to use the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus public database and is co-author of several articles on health literacy. She took up quilting after retirement in 2012 and chaired the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show in 2019. She currently teaches several quilting classes over Zoom and writes for QuiltingHub.
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