Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Batik Quilt Top

Batik scrap quilt by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Batik Quilt Top
Today I wanted to share a quilt top that I (finally!) finished sewing together.  The 48 quilt blocks in the top are made with over 40 different batik fabrics I have collected over decades (Millenium?  ;)  The quilt's dimensions are 36 by 48 inches. 
batik fabric quilt detail
Closeup of batik fabrics
The quilt top has many different batik fabrics, which I think are some of the most beautiful fabrics.  Batik fabrics are traditionally hand dyed in multiple steps with wax being used to 'resist' or block dye from reaching areas of the fabric.  It is a manual process that results in each piece of fabric being unique since the wax and dyes adhere, pool and dry in different ways.  Printed fabric frequently has ink that rests on the surface and dries quickly, where the batik fabric are dyed - the fabric becomes soaked with dye and has color on both sides.  

batik fabric quilt detail
Closeup of multiple batik fabrics

It feels like it was a big step for me to finally get the top done.  I had completed the quilt blocks well over a two years ago, and had rearranged the blocks many times, and it was turning into another UFO - Unfinished object.  Now it is at least a completed quilt top!  It may take years for it to become a completed wall quilt, (sigh... Who knows what the future will be like when that happens.)

Click on the images to see them enlarged. 

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I am linking up to these memes:
Someday Crafts for What Ever Goes Wed 56 (Entry 33 of 526).
Trendy Treehouse for Creative Share Wed (Entry 38 of 258)
Sew Much Ado for We Did It Wed (Entry 117 of 377)
My Backyard Eden for Make It Yours No. 57 (Entry 36 of 227.)
A Beach Cottage for Good Life Wed (Entry 103 of 112.)
Elements Interior for Whassup Wed (Entry 225 of 293)
Shabby Chic for Transformation Thur (I was entry 104 of 499) 
Diane for 2nd Time Around (I was entry 11 of 13)
Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday 105 (Entry 7 of 146.)
Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingies Thur (Entry 24 of 61)  
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thur 35 (Entry 12 of 65.)
Common Gnd for Vintage Inspiration Fri 28 (Entry 10 of 135.)
Romantic Home for Show and Tell (I was entry 21 of 363.)
French Country for Feather Nest Fri (I was entry 3 of 156.)
Hills are Living for Favorite Things Friday (I was entry 3 of 102.)
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Fri 6 (I was entry 35 of 129.)
Hodgepodge for Hodgepodge Friday (I was entry 206 of 226.)
Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home 5 (I was entry 11 of 62.)
Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded 9 (I was entry 14 of 77.)
Cottage Charm for Trinkets and Treasures (I was entry 3 of 6.)
Laurie for Favorite Things Sat (I was entry 22 of 45.)
Lovely Home for Lovely Crafty Weekend 11 (I was entry 44 of 70).
Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up (I was entry 355 of 750)
Boogie Board Cottage for Masterpiece Mon 11 (Entry 32 of 87.)
DIY Showoff for DIY Project Parade (I was entry 147 of 344)
Naps on the Porch for Metamorphis Mon 112 (Entry 126 of 360.)
Chic Shoestring for Flaunt it Friday (I was entry 285 of 312.) 
Funky Junk for Saturday Night Special 72 (I was entry 81 of 247)
Today's Creative for Get Your Craft On Tues (Entry 110 of 480+)
Uncommon Slice for Tuesdays Treasures (Entry 82 of 104.)


Lindsay @ Diary of a Crafty Lady said...

Wow, this is so beautiful! Great job!

Brianna! said...

and very motivating
I REALLY REALLY have been wanting to make a quilt!


LV said...

I love all quilts. This is a interesting one you have shared. I really like it and the designs in the fabric.

Susan Freeman said...

Beautiful. I love those colors!

Susan and Bentley

Tanya said...

Congrats on finishing it up! LOVE the batiks - great, colorful quilt! Happy Thursday - Tanya

Debra@CommonGround said...

what a wonderful creation! Love the progression of colors. Quilts are definitely a work of art. Thanks so much for sharing on VIF!

My Cottage Charm said...

Thanks for linking up to my party, your quilts are just lovely! I have never made a quilt, but you're very inspiring...some day I may just try one! :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Very gorgeous! The colors are beautiful! ♥

Coloradolady said...

Very pretty quilt. It looks like a lot of work. I know it feels good to get it finished. Happy VTT!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

So beautiful - I could stare at that pretty fabric for a long time!

Trish said...

What beautiful colours!!
Well done!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Way to go! You've made progress, so you should feel good about that. And maybe the rest of the quilt won't take so long to complete. ;)

Thanks for linking to the party. I would love to have you join me Friday night for "Funny Faux Pas Follies," as well.

By the way, I have two barns full of UFOs! So don't feel so bad. lol

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Decor To Adore said...

What a gorgeous quilt. Beautiful juxtapostion at it's very best!

Have a wonderful weekend.

At The Picket Fence said...

Wow! Just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

The Charm of Home said...

This is gorgeous! I love Batik and it looks amazing in this quilt. It will be beautiful on the wall. Very nice arrangement of colors. Thanks for showing us and linking up!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Its beautiful-- I love all the pretty colors and the pattern- stunning! Great job! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Melissa said...

It's really beautiful! You should be proud!

Alison Agnew said...

you are one talented woman...i am loving the fabric and colors in this quilt...thank you for showing it off at fridays unfolded!


stuff and nonsense

Jules said...

This quilt makes me so excited for summer. I use my batik wrap to cover my booty, lay out on the lawn, shade the kids and for picnics. Come on summer ... but don't you love how batik is good for any season???

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh My Gosh! Another beautiful quilt Jeanne! I love all of the vibrant fabrics, and I love the way you did a square within a square on each block. What a wonderful creation! You are so talented. Thank you for linking this to Favorite Things. laurie

Steve PP said...

Great colours!

Life Of A Southern Couple - Brittany said...

This is amazing! You did a great job!

Mary said...

I love it! I'm going to feature this on "My Top Ten Fav Picks" of Masterpiece Monday on Thursday. Thanks for sharing, Mary :O)

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara


GardenOfDaisies said...

This is incredible!! LOve your batik quilt!!

Darice said...

Oh my! I did find both of your batik quilts doing a google search...beautiful!! My daughter would love either of these. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

mom in ND

Darice said...

Oh my! I did find both of your batik quilts doing a google search...beautiful!! My daughter would love either of these. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

mom in ND

miepie said...

I found your blog via the link up at a creative princess. Love the colors you use. If only I knew how to quilt. Your work looks amazing!