Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Mix and Match Batiks and Prints with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts

Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is back on the Jolly Jabber to explain her process for mixing and matching cotton and batik fabrics. If you're not familiar with batiks, they are fabrics that are hand-dyed through traditional processes using wax and stamps. Just a glance at any of Edyta's quilts will reveal how she loves to mix and match fabrics when she designs, and the results are riveting. This concept has been around since the 1800s, when women would make crazy quilts by mixing all kinds of textiles such as silks, cottons and even drapery in their quilts.

In this video, Edyta demonstrates mixing fabrics using her fabric collection, Heart's Content, and she also discusses her basic rules for selecting a good variety of prints for your quilt. By following her guidelines, you can blend prints and batiks beautifully and seamlessly.

Have you ever tried mixing batiks and prints together? Let us know in the comments below if you love mixing and matching!


Quilter Kathy said...

Very thought provoking video... thanks :)
I usually tend to use these fabrics separately, but would like to mix them up more!

Cynthia Woodham said...

It is nice to see this as I do like to mix them together though I have had some quilters comment that the should not be mix.

Celia Ambrose said...

Edyta has such a beautiful way of using different fabrics and making it even more beautiful than before. I love her books and fabric line, and thread collection. It's all wonderful.(

KathyinMN said...

No I haven't mixed them, but I've not had batiks until about a month ago. Love Edyta-she makes me feel like I can create anything.

Bay said...

Loved the video on combining batiks with prints, etc. It's such a freeing move. Too many quilters think all batiks should be used in a quilted piece!