An Easy Batik Giveaway!

I love Batiks!  I especially love the one to two-tones with the delicate, nature-stamped designs.  The multi-colored, tie-dyed ones give you a variety of possibilities just by where you cut on the fabric.    The single colored Batiks with dye stripes, bubbles or swirls provide your quilts with light, shade and depth without having to create it with different pieces.  Because of the special dying and stamping process performed by skilled artisans in Java, Indonesia, each cut of fabric becomes its own piece of artwork.

Batiks have been very popular for use in art and landscape quilts, but more and more people are using them in traditional pieced quilts.  I love this!  The vibrant and tonal quality of the fabrics, create something new and fresh with a very traditional feel.  Our Check Out the Stars Twin Quilt Kit is a perfect example of this.

Or, you can do what I did and create your own pattern using Batiks with our Kit Builder.  This is my version of the Good To Be Home Table Topper.

I’m curious to know, do you like the artistic quilts that form together to create beautiful landscapes, or do you like to see Batiks shown in more traditional quilts?  Leave me a comment letting me know which you like best and you could win one of 3 Easy Batik Landscape Quilts books or, one lucky winner will get a fat eighths sampler of our entire Batik Paradise collection

The contest ends at 11:59pm on November 27th.  The four winners will be announced on November 28th. 
Rules: No purchase necessary.  Must have a US or Canada mailing address to enter. One entry per person.  Must provide a valid email address so that we can contact you if you win.  One comment per person, please.


  1. Barb - November 21, 2011

    Say the word “batik” and I’m in! If I have to pick a favorite, it would be the more traditional quilt designs. However, for me, nothing works better in the art quilts than batiks. I love batiks!

  2. Rebecca - November 21, 2011

    I would love to make a traditional quilt with batiks, and I think the landscape quilts are beautiful (but I don’t dare try to make one).

  3. Iris - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks, and I like landscape quilts . . . but not together! I prefer using prints or solids for landscape quilts and batiks for traditional pieced or appliqued quilts. Right now I’m working on a grandmother’s flower garden quilt in batiks–there’s a pic of the quilt in progress on my blog.

  4. Christine - November 21, 2011

    The reason I love batiks is because the colour is so saturated – literally, I know. It makes a difference in the richness of the colours.

  5. Michele M - November 21, 2011

    I love, love, love batiks! They have such personality.
    I prefer them in more traditional quilt designs. But they make a quilt look completely different from more traditional fabrics.

  6. cate victor - November 21, 2011

    I like to see Batiks used in traditionally pieced quilts, the results are always stunning!!! Been nervous to actually try one myself but winning might give me the push I need!

  7. April - November 21, 2011

    To be honest, I like both traditional and landscapes with batiks. I’ve been meaning to try a landscape, but haven’t worked into the quilting schedule yet. I’ve used the batiks in pieces of my traditional quilts, but nothing entirely yet.

  8. Linda - November 21, 2011


  9. Ruth Spaniel - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks, period. I love them in the traditional patterns and in landscape quilts. They are just so beautiful. I have just finished a quilt using batik blocks from a block swap and it has turned out very nice.

  10. Janis T - November 21, 2011

    I love Batiks! I like traditional quilts but I do appreciate the landscapes. Someday I’ll make one!

  11. Michelle Kloeti - November 21, 2011

    Fantastic. I love Batiks. This would be great. Thanks for another great opportunity to score something awesome!

  12. Barb Colvin - November 21, 2011

    I like the way that batiks look in traditional quilts, but seeing them used in art quilts, landscapes and other types of applique is awesome!

  13. Cherie - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks in traditional quilt patterns.

  14. Kathy Biggs - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks, period; but especially the way they incorporate into landscape designs.

  15. Penny - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks and love seeing them used ANY way!

  16. Jamie Lee - November 21, 2011

    I think I like them more in “artsy” type quilts, but I also love them in tone on tone monochromatic quilts as well.

  17. Susan - November 21, 2011

    I love traditional quilt patterns! The colors and patterns of batiks add something special to traditional quilts.

  18. Micheline - November 21, 2011

    I love Batik! and I like to see Batiks shown in more traditional quilts.

  19. Amy - November 21, 2011

    I also love batiks! I definitely have a leaning towards geometrical designs, but I also find them very useful in more freeform designs. :-)

  20. Hannele - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks, and in my opinion they go together well with both traditional and artistic quilts.

  21. Lindsey - November 21, 2011

    I like looking at art quilts, but it is the pieced quilts, either traditional or modern, that I want to make and keep in my house. I think batiks are awesome in any kind of quilt!

  22. Connie White - November 21, 2011

    I have used batiks in both types and love the effect they have on the overall design. They are a great addition to anything you want to make!

  23. Donna Sykes - November 21, 2011

    I like batiks period. They can be used in any kind of quilt. I also like batiks when they are used in handbags and totes.

  24. Gayle L. - November 21, 2011

    I would love to try the batiks in a landscape quilt but since they are expensive and I am a “stick figure” type drawer I have always been afraid of trying them. I really am a “traditional” quilt girl anyway. Thanks for the opportunities that you all give us to try the unknown.

  25. Carol Ann Hinton - November 21, 2011

    Batiks are my favorites for a lot of my quilts; but they are OUTSTANDING for landscaping and raw edge applique. Needle-turn applique also goes better for me using batik fabric.

  26. Dixie - November 21, 2011

    I prefer to make traditionally pieced quilts, but I can see that batiks are a natural for art quilts.

  27. lindaroo - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks in both contexts. The rich colors and variations are great in traditional piecing. I don’t trust I have enough artistic flair to try a landscape quilt, I’d like a class or a book to walk me into it!

  28. Stephanie - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks no matter what. I am currently working on a double wedding ring with hoffman batiks. I haven’t tried a landscape quilt, but love the ones others have done! You can’t go wrong with batiks, no matter what you are doing!

  29. Carol Vickers - November 21, 2011

    I think I like them best in traditional pieced quilts. it really draws attention to the pattern and the subtle blending of colors is beautiful.

  30. Cat Lady - November 21, 2011

    Personally I like to use batiks in the more traditional appliqued quilt projects.

  31. Kris - November 21, 2011

    I like batiks all kinds of ways. However, the landscape art quilts show the batiks at their best, doing things that prints cannot.

  32. Anna Ireland - November 21, 2011

    I love anything Batik. I think using Batiks in traditional patterns gives them a fresh new look. It makes traditional patterns non-traditional and I love that.

  33. Lindsey Ray - November 21, 2011

    I think batiks are perfect for artistic landscape quilts. They reflect nature beautifully, blend subtly, and are always stunning and vibrant the earth wind and fire tones.

  34. Joan H - November 21, 2011

    I love the rich colors of batiks and used them recently in a traditional design quilt which was a wedding gift for my grandson.

  35. Pat V. - November 21, 2011

    I agree with Anna/32 that using batiks in traditional patterns creates a beautiful and unexpected result!

  36. Carol - November 21, 2011

    I love them both! They’re great for landscapes because of the depth in color and texture and they’re great for traditional quilts too – gives the quilt a new perspective.

  37. REBECCA BENSON - November 21, 2011

    I love a good art quilt made out of batiks. All the layers of colors are so wonderful in pulling them together.

  38. Lynda Ward - November 21, 2011

    I love the new life that batiks give to traditional design quilts.

  39. Wieke de Boer - November 21, 2011

    I like them both, but I’d like to try one of those landscape quilts.

  40. Rachel Dorsey - November 21, 2011

    I’ve used Batiks before and they are really gorgeous once they are assembled in a quilt. I made one wall quilt because of a request made by my cousin and she insisted on me using the batik squares I had just received in the mail!

  41. Megan H - November 21, 2011

    I really like a landscape quilt made with batiks. I think it makes it more life like and flowing.

  42. Donna Morman - November 21, 2011

    I love anything batik!

  43. Karen S - November 21, 2011

    I’m a tradionalist when it comes to quilting so for me batiks always go in a more traditonal setting. I just love them!

  44. Cari - November 21, 2011

    I love the look of landscape quilts, I drool over the creativity that goes into making any of those quilts. Making the layers and colours work is just amazing. My brain is very linear, I can make a pattern out of straight lines and figure out all the calulations required, no problem, colours however always give me problems. The thing with batiks is I don’t have to worry about the colours working, they always seem to work out nicely together.

  45. Christine - November 21, 2011

    I really like to use batiks, they give any project movement.

  46. DeAnn Donarski - November 21, 2011

    I love the color density and feel of the batik fabric. I’m a traditional quilter, and love how the batiks blend to make a stunning traditional quilt!

  47. Veronica C. - November 21, 2011

    At least one batik has been in every project I have made for the past few years. But I still keep them separate from my printed fabric stash. And I am not sure why! Must be the magic….

  48. Denise Evans - November 21, 2011

    My next project will be the batik braid design..I love that pattern and working with batiks is one of my favorite things

  49. Nancy B in Many LA - November 21, 2011

    I love them all!

  50. robin - November 21, 2011

    I was afraid of using batiks at first but once I used them I was hooked! I like them in traditional patterns because they make them seem fresh and new. I have never made a landscape quilt (again out of fear)! I’m sure the same thing will happen with those though. On I finally try one I will be hooked!

  51. Rhonda Craven - November 21, 2011

    I just love Connecting Threads fabric. It is a cut above the rest and the Batik are just beautiful!

  52. Jenni J - November 21, 2011

    I’ve never made a landscape quilt, but I’d like to give it a go (it’s on my list of “to do’s”). As for Batiks…..Yummo!!

  53. Val Bonk - November 21, 2011

    I love working with batik’s. Traditional piecing is what I like to do. I have see some great landscapes with batik’s too.

  54. Cathy Koester - November 21, 2011

    I’d like to try batiks in both kinds of quilts, but I seem to be a little leery of them. Don’t know why.

  55. Debbie - November 21, 2011

    Batiks have many “faces”. The colors and hues are so bright. They are a joy to quilt.

  56. Elma Lutman - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks. I like traditional quilts using them. Art quilts are beautiful with them just I’m not that good at those. I’d love to win the batik bundle and give it another try.

  57. Moira McSpadden - November 21, 2011

    My favorite fabric to work with are batiks and I save all that I have down to the itty-bitty scraps. If it can be used in something then I don’t get rid of it! I use batiks in both traditional designs and in art quilts….love the look that I get with them.

  58. Carole Sullivan - November 21, 2011

    I dont have a preference so long as they are earth tones! I LOVE traditional sewing and quilting, and I love to play with batiks in quilts…and I have used batiks for clothing :-) *~*CAROLE*~*

  59. Kathy Raabe - November 21, 2011

    Batiks are my favorite! I would go a little “modern” with the pattern, or do a New York Beauty for my daughter in law. Thanks!

  60. Brenda Sanders - November 21, 2011

    I like them best in traditional, probably because I like traditional better. Art quilts are okay, but I guess that having “grown up” under a quilting frame (mother, grandma, granny and numerous aunts)that were used to quilt for use, not art, it’s hard for me to go any other way. But batiks are absolutely beautiful, and as someone else said, the colors are so saturated that they pop and make everything else look that much better.

  61. Paula Pardue - November 21, 2011

    I love the way batiks look incorporated into traditional quilts; it sort of adds some bling, a little excitement,

  62. Gail Nunes - November 21, 2011

    I love the baticks! I would love to make a quilt witht he baticks!!!

  63. annie - November 21, 2011

    You say batiks, I say where. Do I have to pick a fav? If it is in batiks I will like it. I am working on a full size for my 3 year old for her bed and had to do batiks. I especially love the one and two color batiks with a small to medium stamp. If I had a million dollars I would buy all the batiks I could get. I would love to win a bundle and make something special for a young girl or boy at church.

  64. Lori - November 21, 2011

    Batiks and stars two of my favorites. Love making any kind of star quilt, and making them with batiks would just make it perfect.

  65. NHSOMND - November 21, 2011

    Batiks to me are like snowflakes. Each one is unique in color, pattern, and in the technique of creating them.
    They lend themselves well in both traditional and landscape applications and because of their unique qualities they make for very realistic/photographic landscape quilts, and add blending beauty to traditional piecing.

  66. lisa b - November 21, 2011

    I love batik landscape quilts but I really like batiks in traditional settings. The dimensional colors really make them pop.

  67. kaholly - November 21, 2011

    I am always very impressed with landscape quilts, but my preference is traditional.

  68. Jennifer - November 21, 2011

    I think Batik’s are great for both! I am presently making a wall hanging using Batik and needle turn appliqué. I would love to try making a more traditional quilt using only Batik’s.

  69. sue - November 21, 2011

    Being forced to pick just one way or the other to use batiks is just CRUEL!
    Ow! Ouch! OKOKOK…right now I’ll say…..pieced quilts. ;^)

  70. Linda J - November 21, 2011

    I love the richness of the colors of batiks. Totes, quilts, anything made with batiks is great.

  71. Pauline - November 21, 2011

    I, too, love batiks. Even though I prefer seeing them and using them in traditional quilts, I just love how they look in art quilts! Thank you for the opportunity to enter your drawing.

  72. Kellie Shulruff - November 21, 2011

    This is awesome! Thank you so much for the opportunity…I love your website*S*

  73. tiffany adame - November 21, 2011

    I love them in either! They are just so beautiful!

  74. Mary - November 21, 2011

    This would certainly be a challenge for me since I’m a traditional quilter, I’m in for the challenge.

  75. Jeanne Gold - November 21, 2011

    Both … neither … and something else: fiber art quilts — because of their blendability and texture along with the color variations. I’m new to fiber art but I’ve had a long time love affair with batiks — any kind. When I first learned to quilt (about 10 years ago), Batiks were the first fabrics I collected — and still do.

  76. ginger - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks in fusible applique art quilts like McKenna Ryan’s. But I’d also like to try to do a traditional quilt with batiks some time.

  77. Charlotte Amaro - November 21, 2011

    I like both for different reasons and in different ways. I love the use of batiks in either case. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  78. Judy Simmons - November 21, 2011

    Batiks make me melt! I lean toward traditional quilts, but marvel over the artistic. Thanks.

  79. Muriel - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks and using batiks to create a landscape quilt would be absolutely beautiful!

  80. Bea - November 21, 2011

    I would love to win, they look great

  81. Erika Fields - November 21, 2011

    I would love to see more batik quilts from CT. The colors are so vibrant that the possibilities are endless whether you are making a landscape, traditional or any kind of quilt. Sometimes you can look at a finished quilt and the choice of colors are not quite so easy on the eyes when put together. Not so with batiks. They transition from one color to another no matter how dramatic the contracting colors are.

  82. Diana - November 21, 2011

    Batiks are my favorite. Love the blog.

  83. JoannaP - November 21, 2011

    I love the landscape quilts the best.

  84. Sharon Aitchison - November 21, 2011

    oooh, Batiks!!! I remember when I thought they weren’t fro me … now I could digest them!! I LOVE BATIKS, the more the merrier. Sometimes I just visit my stash of batiks (not as many in the stash as I wish there was!!) … and I open the chest they are stored in with my juvenile prints and Asian prints … and I pet them!! Like they were a puppy!!!

  85. Melissa - November 21, 2011

    I am torn between both. I love batiks in traditional quilts, but they definitely have their place in landscape quilting.

  86. Angie Smith - November 21, 2011

    I love Batiks, I think they can really make a landscape quilt even more amazing, and equally so for traditional quilts

  87. Darlene - November 21, 2011

    I like using batiks in traditional quilts – it gives them an unexpected twist…..lots of fun!

  88. Sue Dreier - November 21, 2011

    I LOVE batiks, and love Connecting Threads prices on batiks. I’m just finishing a very traditional scrappy star quilt in batiks and it is GORGEOUS!

  89. Emily - November 21, 2011

    I wasn’t sure if I liked Batiks at first but I find my self turning to them more and more!

  90. Anne - November 21, 2011

    I think anything done well and with an eye for color works with batiks- traditional or landscape. I’m still relatively new to quilting and have only worked with batiks on a small project. Would love to find the right project to expand my repertoire!

  91. Sharon - November 21, 2011

    I love Batiks! Would love to try a traditional quilt using them. The art quilts with batiks are spectacular!

  92. Diane C - November 21, 2011

    I like batiks — they can change the look of any quilt

  93. Fredricka Brown - November 21, 2011

    I’ll take batiks any way I can get them. they are so alive, adding dimension to any quilt.

  94. grapenutquilter - November 21, 2011

    For making, I am a traditional quilter and for looking, landscapes. Over all I’d pick traditional.

  95. Wendy - November 21, 2011

    While the landscape quilts are beautiful, I prefer more traditional patterns. I’m a fairly new quilter, so that may change with more experience. :)

  96. Pat - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks for quilted jackets, purses and accessories.

  97. Denise Howe - November 21, 2011

    I haven’t worked with batiks yet but hope to start in the near future. I think they work well in both types of quilts as well as many other projects. They add extra uniqueness to the project. I’m already picturing and planning a non quilt project with them :)

  98. Trudy Lindemann - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks in everything, but I am partial to them in traditional patterns. How fun it would be to win!

  99. Joanne - November 21, 2011

    I like to use batiks in traditional blocks. Their vibrancy adds so much to a pattern. Except for kids novelty fabric for donated quilts, batik is the only fabric I buy for myself.

  100. Kathryn - November 21, 2011

    Batiks make any project special.

  101. June - November 21, 2011

    I love Batiks in everything. I made a leaf applique quilt that was all batiks and it is one of my favorite. Both the leaves and the background are batiks. I’ve used them to make crazy quilt block with machine applique for a quild book of crazy quilt blocks. Mine was the ‘modern’ one while others did more traditional versions of the crazy quilt with traditional fabrics and embroidery techniques. I loved my block and would love to do it for a full quilt.

  102. Denise Hale - November 21, 2011

    Absolutely love Batiks! Just bought some for special horse wall hanging for my four horses. Can you ever have enough Batiks? I’m thinking…. Not. Thanks for sharing your contest

  103. Sue Goodin - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks. They are so much fun to play with. I love using them in landscape patterns.

  104. Lori Hiedeman - November 21, 2011

    I became a batik lover this past summer, especially the pre-cut strips. I put together three quilts and knew I was addicted. I ordered more strips, and have them waiting in line after I finish up my Christmas projects. I’ve also made a couple tote bags with the batik strips, and they turned out awesome! I’m sure there are more of those in my future, too. Thanks Connecting Threads for offering gorgeous fabrics at reasonable prices..!!

  105. ellen k - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks used in applique. They give such depth and color to florals and leaves. YUMMY~

  106. Anita - November 21, 2011

    I like the batiks in a traditional quilt where they add depth and richness to a design.

  107. Joyce G - November 21, 2011

    The batiks make such an incredible difference in traditional blocks! So much more depth and keep you eyes moving over the quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

  108. Mary Belden - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks in anything, but the tradition are my favorites.

  109. Elizabeth - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks both in traditional and in landscape quilts! I do think the blending of colors in batik fabrics look perfect used in landscape quilts.

  110. Christal L. - November 21, 2011

    Say Batiks, and I’m so there… I love how much a nice batik can create so much life to any quilt, or block… they have so much dimensions, that you can sometimes see something different every time you look at it. Personally I love batiks as a landscape, but they can also bring so much to a traditional quilt.

  111. Maryann Young - November 21, 2011

    Batiks are a favorite of mine when appliquéing. Needle turns like butter.

  112. Jesse - November 21, 2011

    I love art quilts! Batik gives such gorgeous depth!

  113. katyp - November 21, 2011

    Love batiks but find it hard to use them. the book would be wonderful.

  114. Diane B - November 21, 2011

    This would be a great treasure and I love all the new batiks that are coming out.

  115. Donna Joy - November 21, 2011

    I’m drawn to batiks. Would love to make a winding way quilt with batiks. I think I like the modern traditional. Thanks for the chance to win.

  116. Carolyn Mooi - November 21, 2011

    I love the different designs that batiks can easily make. When I go to a fabric store I normally never go into the batik section but I can’t help going directly to the batik page on connecting threads 😀 I love them!

  117. Cathy - November 21, 2011

    I LOVE batiks. So new projects and books and fabric.

  118. Beth Price - November 21, 2011

    It actually took me some time to like/love batiks. I now really enjoy the fabric and how it looks in quilts. I tend to like traditional designs but with batiks, it is so easy to put them in traditional designs or in contemporary quilts. I have to say the batiks that I ordered from Connecting Threads are wonderful!

  119. Marsel - November 21, 2011

    I’m a traditional piecing girl myself — and who doesn’t love batiks?!

  120. dona kremer - November 21, 2011

    The majority of the quilts I have made have batiks in them. Nothing beats them for landscape quilts either.

  121. patricia - November 21, 2011

    I prefer the artistic quilts, but there is nothing wrong with a traditional batik quilt.

  122. Sandy A in St. Louis - November 21, 2011

    I love traditional quilts, so would love to see them in a sampler or traditional setting.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  123. erica - November 21, 2011

    I really like more traditional patterns and have been dabbling in modern quilting. I haven’t used batiks yet but have a small stash of fat quarters that I’m looking for a project for.

  124. Michelle - November 21, 2011

    I love using traditional quilting patterns for my batiks. Not that I don’t like the landscape look quilts using batiks it’s just I like traditional quilting better! Thanks for letting us participate in this giveaway!

  125. Karen - November 21, 2011

    If I have to choose, I’d have to say I like the more traditional quilts but someday I just may make an artistic quilt just to say I’ve done one.

  126. Ginger - November 21, 2011

    I really like batiks used in traditional quilts, like your Good To Be Home Table Topper.

  127. Linda - November 21, 2011

    Wow. I’d love to win the cloth but of course the book would be ok too. I doubt I will ever try any landscape quilts but I’d love to use batiks in traditional quilts. Also I’d love to have a stash on hand to use in making purses.

  128. Debbie St. Germain - November 21, 2011

    I have gotten some batiks to start a collection and I love the idea of using them in art quilts. I love the variety of shades in them and can imagine all the possibilities for quilting.

  129. Debby Phillips - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks in both landscape and traditional quilts, I have used batiks in both..they are especially great in the fishing pictoral quilts I have made for my husband.

  130. Dee - November 21, 2011

    I’m a fan of both. Actually I’m just in love with batiks in general, which is funny because I didn’t like them when I first started quilting!

  131. Linda Christianson - November 21, 2011

    I too love to use batiks in my quilts. The rich colors and movements makes the traditional quilt come to life. I have done very little landscape quilts. I have used batiks fabric for sky and water, but the quilt was still traditional. Therefore I guess I love batik in traditional quilts.

  132. Debbie - November 21, 2011

    Love the use of Batik in traditional quilts . They can be used to add depth and to bring out a feature fabric.

  133. Penny Baxter - November 21, 2011

    I am passionate about traditional quilting, and batiks make wonderful blenders in traditional quilts. I’ve never made an ‘artistic’ quilt, but have given it some serious thought at times. :) Someday maybe!

  134. Carol - November 21, 2011

    I Love All Batiks, My Favorite Fabric to sew. I’ve completed a bali bag this summer using batik strips with clothesline rope.
    Thank you for including us Canadians in this contest.
    This is quite rare to enter, as most are USA only.
    Thank you.

  135. Shari k - November 21, 2011

    I love batiks in traditional quilts. They give depth and texture.

  136. Marla - November 21, 2011

    I love them in traditional blocks, but I would love to learn to use them in landscapes as well. Over 50 percent of my stash is batiks.

  137. Bonnie Blessing - November 21, 2011

    I really like batik fabrics. I use them in traditional quilts. I like the way they look and each one is unique.

  138. Pier S. - November 21, 2011

    I love seeing batiks in applique quilts. I could stare at them for hours! Flower applique is my fav.

  139. Arielle F. - November 21, 2011

    I like working batiks into traditional designs to add a little something to the design.

  140. Jeanne - November 22, 2011

    I like really batiks and like them in both traditional and landscape quilts.

  141. Lynn Mclellan - November 22, 2011

    I have never really worked with batiks but look through them all the time at Connecting Threads. They look beautiful.

  142. Robin Fish - November 22, 2011

    I love batiks! Really makes a quilt pop!I lean a little more towards traditional. Thanks for another great giveaway!

  143. Elaine - November 22, 2011

    I happen to love the look of using batik fabrics in a traditional quilt. I also love the batiks you have at Connecting Threads.

  144. Jan Comfort - November 22, 2011

    I tend to work with traditional patterns, but I find that using batiks turns them from traditional to contemporary. Just the kick that patchwork needs to take it into the 21st century. The depth of color that they bring to any design is unique and fabulous! I haven’t tried a landscape quilt yet, but I am so close… Connecting Threads has given me lots of confidence.

  145. Ernestine Panks - November 22, 2011

    My landlady turned me on to batiks. She’s a quilter and uses lots of batiks. I have quilted for over 40 years and when I saw her creations with the batiks, I started collecting them. They go with everything. I like to do landscapes as well as other traditional designs, and they blend in so very well. Hooray for batiks!!

  146. Jennie Steward - November 22, 2011

    I love batiks! I think they work beautifully in landscape quilts, but also love them in traditional patterns. If I had to choose I guess it would be the traditional for me.

  147. Carol - November 22, 2011

    I’m actually torn between the two…art quilts vs traditional. I think a traditional pattern with the addition of artistic elements would open up a wide creative selection!And a whole new meaning to the term “quilt layers”. Hmmmm, I think I must head to my stash and machine…time to experiment!

  148. Judy Huber-Cogswell - November 22, 2011

    Love batiks. Count me in……judy

  149. Linda Froggie Quilter - November 22, 2011

    Hi Anita!
    I love the traditional piecing. Yum, batiks, one of my favourite fabrics!
    ~Hopppy quilting~

  150. Traci - November 22, 2011

    I am loving batiks and landscape quilts. Maybe when I next year I can try it!

  151. Dana - November 22, 2011

    I know they are perfect for landscape quilts, but my favorites are the pieced more traditional quilts for batiks, the colors really shine.

  152. Amy Henry - November 22, 2011

    Batiks work well for me here in Southwest Florida because of their casual, tropical feel.

  153. chrissie - November 22, 2011

    i have only made traditional quilts, never a landscape quilt. i love how batiks give a ‘glow’ to the quilt that you just don’t see with any other fabric. i love batiks!

  154. Nicole D - November 22, 2011

    I absolutely love batiks! When I’m in a quilt store, I often head straight for them first. I like them both in traditional quilts and landscape quilts, but I’m more likely to use them in a traditional pattern. I wouldn’t even know where to begin to make a landscape quilt.

  155. Monika Tolbert - November 22, 2011

    I love batiks in any kind of quilt. I think they just make the quilt pop. I would say that I use them more in traditional quilts.

  156. Madeline Wallace - November 22, 2011

    I love batiks, the colors always blend so nicely, they look great in any quilt, but I favor more traditional ones. They really make any quilt look gorgeous.

  157. Vic - November 22, 2011

    I love the “artsy/painterly” feel of batiks and am just now using them for the first time in a quilt for my son which he wants to be eccentric. There will be lots of stars in the quilt and of many different colors and prints. So far they are looking great! Would love to win a book about batiks.

  158. Pam Nieman - November 22, 2011

    Love batiks…it isn’t a quilt unless there’s a piece in it!

  159. kathy riedel - November 22, 2011

    LOVE you all your prices are super !! and Love Batiks
    I am in !!!!!!!!!!!

  160. Katie G. - November 22, 2011

    I like batiks in traditional quilt patterns. I feel like it gives the quilt a more modern or updated look, especially when the whole quilt is made from them! Thanks for a chance to win :)

  161. Shannon M. - November 22, 2011

    I love batiks in anything. My newest project is to use them for a needle-turned baltimore quilt album–so I like them in traditional quilts the most. The colors are so pure.

  162. MarciaW - November 22, 2011

    I like to use batiks in regular bed quilts (traditional or contemporary designs). It’s nice to look at them in landscape and art quilts, but sewing with them is more fun for me.

  163. Marcia B - November 22, 2011

    Batiks are becoming my new “favorite fabric to collect” right now! I am more a traditional quilter, so that is where my batiks would likely land: in a traditional quilt! :)

  164. Rachel - November 22, 2011

    Well, I have to say I love to use batiks in traditional quilting (and that would have nothing to do with being toooo chicken to even try landscape quilting, which I LOVE to look at…LOL)

  165. Toni Anne - November 23, 2011

    I’m a traditionalist at heart. I love my Batiks in old fashioned quilts. Thanks for the generous giveaway, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! ;->

  166. Lisa England - November 23, 2011

    I am crazy over batiks and love them in pretty much anything. I love that there are new batik lines coming out all the time!

  167. Kathy - November 23, 2011

    I love seeing batiks in creative landscape quilts. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  168. Denise - November 23, 2011

    Batiks! They are my new eye candy. Lately they are the only fabrics I have been buying for my projects and stash. Always room for batiks!

  169. sharon - November 23, 2011

    I have loved batik fabric since I was a teenager in the late seventies

  170. Sandy N. - November 23, 2011

    I love batiks! They look great in any pattern! Thanks for the opportunity to win.=)

  171. Mimi - November 23, 2011

    I don’t know what it is about batiks… I love it and surprisingly I don’t have enough of it! Thanks for the chance!!
    micheletimms at gmail dot com

  172. Alina Rodgers - November 23, 2011

    Well, I think I am just a more traditional person; therefore, I like batiks in a traditional design as well. Thanks for the chance and have a nice Thanksgiving!

  173. RANCHMOM - November 23, 2011

    Hi Anita, I like the traditional quilts and would love to see more batiks, I also love the the landscape quilts.

  174. Sandy Todd - November 23, 2011

    You’re not going to believe this, but, I’ve yet to make anything out of batiks. Just looking at the more traditional and the landscapes…I like the landscapes better. Guess it’s time for me to change up a bit and create something with batik fabric! Thanks for the chance to win.

  175. Sallie - November 23, 2011

    The landscape quilts are pretty, but I prefer the traditional quilts. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  176. Anya - November 23, 2011

    That’s hard to say…but I really love to see how batiks look in traditional patterns. As matter of fact, I’m making my Dear Jane quilt in batiks! Thanks for the chance!

  177. Karen - November 23, 2011

    I love batiks so much that I often forget there are any other kinds of fabrics! I think they look fabulous anytime and anyway.

  178. Patty - November 23, 2011

    I joined a quilt guild last year and have just been introduced to batiks by some advanced quilters. I was blown away with some of the gorgeous combinations they used in traditional patterns.

  179. Gene Black - November 23, 2011

    I love batiks in patchwork best, but they are excellent for use in landscape art quilts too.

  180. Lynn - November 23, 2011

    I love everything about the artistic quilts but I feel they are way over my head to make. I’m more of a old fashion girl and stick with the traditional quilts. A new line of batiks would be great for my stash. Thanks for all the give a ways. LOVE them.

  181. Lynn W. - November 23, 2011

    I tend to make more traditional quilts and wall hangings with batiks. When someone asks me my favorite color for quilts immediately respond with “batiks.” My son is getting a green/turquoise/blue batik quilt for Christmas.

  182. Gwen Windham - November 23, 2011

    I think that the batik fabric looks stunning in a traditional pattern— sort of “old meets new”… Would love to win one of these prizes!! Thanks so much for this giveaway! :-)

  183. Gayle L. - November 23, 2011

    I would love to be able to try the batiks on any quilt but I must say I am a traditional gal as for my preference on styles. I have never used them but I do like the coloration of the batiks.

  184. Leah - November 23, 2011

    I love more traditional designs

  185. Sheila - November 24, 2011

    I love batiks in quilts but my favorite would be in landscape quilts ,that is what I reach for every time.Thanks so much for the chance at this great giveaway.

  186. Debbie Gallett - November 24, 2011

    I love batiks in everything. You get both the interest of a print with the feel of a solid. The subtle color variations is what I like best about them.

  187. Connie - November 24, 2011

    Batiks are my favorite fabrics! I like the landscape quilts the best and what a great giveaway! Thanks!

  188. Lisa Timmer - November 24, 2011

    It has been on my bucket list to create a true landscape quilt. I do know that some of the batik fabrics would work perfectly because of the multi-colored textured look in a single fabric. The closest thing I came to a landscape quilt was actually a pieced quilt from Rachel Brown’s Adoration Quilts. I made the one that I refer to as Starry Nights with the gold stars against the dark blue background of the night sky and the wise men and camels are walking in the foreground on the sand. I incorporated batiks into both the sky and the sand and they worked very well. Thanks for the contest and chance to win and Happy Thanksgiving all!

  189. Elizabeth McDonald - November 24, 2011

    I especially love to use batiks for floral applique, and I also enjoy using it for pieced quilts. Love Connecting Threads’ batiks — great quality and soft but sturdy.

  190. Ginette - November 25, 2011

    I love using batiks for pieced blocks. I love bright batiks and a dark background. Also use them for applique with my embroidery machine. CT has a great selection of batiks at a great price.

  191. Jennifer - November 25, 2011

    I love batiks, but I would rather use them in a landscape quilt. The variety of depth and shadows you can create are endless. It is almost like using a paintbrush.

  192. Brenda Hulsey - November 25, 2011

    I love Batiks! They work so well for blending. I really like to use them in making fall colored leaves in blocks.

  193. Barbara - November 25, 2011

    I use batiks in everything. Never saw one I did not like!

  194. Barbara S - November 25, 2011

    I love batiks, and I’m especially partial to landscape quilts. Just wish I was a better artist.

  195. Chris S - November 25, 2011

    I love batiks and I love making landscape quilts. I have used a lot of batiks in them. I think batiks work really well in them. But then I think that batiks work well in traditional quilts as well.

  196. brenda - November 25, 2011

    Love batiks thay are so versatile the possablities are endless.

  197. Terri - November 26, 2011

    Traditional quilts were my favorite way to use Batiks until I saw the landscape quilts you are showing, which are new to me. I’m going to have to build my stash up so I can make one.

  198. Barbara - November 26, 2011

    I have used batiks in both mediums, but I tend to make more traditional quilts than artistic quilts, so my choice would be traditional. But when it comes to trying to choose the right batiks for the project at hand, it’s like walking into a bookstore filled with brand new, crisp, clean, unread books – overwhelming to decide! (Big smiles….)

  199. Darci Mead - November 26, 2011

    I have made several quilts using batiks and really enjoyed them. I am just starting my first needle turn appliqué’ using batiks and am looking forward to the process. Thank you!

  200. Diane - November 26, 2011

    I love using batiks with all styles of quilts!

  201. Linda Lovely - November 26, 2011

    I love to see and use batiks in traditional quilts. Such a fresh, updated appearance!

  202. Debbie Mondazze - November 26, 2011

    I love the batiks and use them in traditional quilts.

  203. Carla G - November 26, 2011

    I love batiks and like to see them in traditional style quilts. But I haven’t used any batiks yet – I have some sitting on my shelf waiting for the right project! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

  204. Angela2 - November 26, 2011

    I love Batiks! I like them in traditional quilts and in landscapes. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  205. Megan - November 27, 2011

    I like Batiks in traditional quilts!

  206. Sue - November 27, 2011

    I most enjoy batiks in traditional quilts. The soft change of colors seems to enhance them.

  207. Charlene Wright - November 27, 2011

    Just love the beautiful colors in the Paradise Batiks. We spent many years in Indonesia and have been in love with them ever since!

  208. Amanda - November 27, 2011

    I think they are beautiful in both types of quilts, but if I had to pick just one it would be in traditional pieced quilts.

  209. Miranda L. - November 27, 2011

    I love batiks in both traditional and landscape quilts.  They look beautiful in all sorts of designs.  Thank you very much for this contest!

  210. Bonnie Pascucci - November 27, 2011

    Landscape quilts are enhanced by batiks. Both are lovely.

  211. Evelyn Chambers - November 27, 2011

    I guess I like the traditional ones best, though the landscape ones are beautiful too (I just know I couldn’t make one!). Thanks for the chance to win. :-)

  212. darlene pennington - November 27, 2011

    love batiks, the traditional ones are my favorite. just call me an old fashion girl!!!!!!!!

  213. Deb - November 27, 2011

    I especially love batiks in landscapes. The first wallhanging I saw done in batiks was by McKenna Ryan, and i fell in love with batiks then and immediately signed up for the class! I’d love to be included in your giveaway.

  214. ikkinlala - November 27, 2011

    I love batiks for both, but if I have to choose I’d probably say traditional quilts because people will actually use them (rather than just look at them, as is my experience with the gorgeous landscape quilts I’ve seen).

  215. Carol L. - November 27, 2011

    Both quilt styles are great for batiks. It’s really tough trying to narrow it down to just one or the other, thanks!

  216. Mary - November 27, 2011

    I love batiks in both traditional and landscape quilts, but I find that batiks tend to “pop” more in landscapes. Thanks for the chance to win!

  217. Tina - November 27, 2011

    Batiks look great in both quilt categories. I tend to favor a quilt based on overall design and overall color effects. Thank you! :-)

  218. Cheryl - November 27, 2011

    Love both! Thanks! :-)