Since I enjoy working with batiks, it was fun to look for archived Connecting Threads (CT) patterns to combine with our new Fall/Winter 2013 batiks. It always amazes me how different a quilt can look when made in a different color scheme or design theme. I hope you like these new renditions of two CT favorites as much as I do! Both quilts use Fall/Winter 2013 and Batiks Basics fabrics from our CT Batik Paradise collection.
Neutrals are increasingly popular for quilts and home décor. Midnight Snowflakes, a 29-1/2″ square wall hanging, takes on a sophisticated air in cream, tan, rust, brown, and black. Here are the batiks used:
The colors remind us of the loveliness of winter landscapes and will work well with various decorating palettes.
There is some appliqué and embroidery to add the visual interest.
We use machine appliqué on all the samples you see in the CT catalog. Our sample sewers are given sheets of 20489 Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 – an excellent fusible web that is easily repositionable while you arrange the pieces. After fusing the pieces with an iron, the edges are secured with a narrow satin or blanket stitch in colors to match the fabric. Our Essential cotton thread work very well for both stitches! Many quilters prefer to use Schmetz Microtex Sharp Sewing Machine needles due the the tighter weave of batiks.
Of course, if you wish to hand appliqué you may; our designers always allow enough fabric for the added ¼” seam allowance. Just remember to reverse (unreverse?) any asymmetrical templates, such as the letters and the snowman’s face, because they are reversed in our patterns for machine appliqué.