Thursday, June 15, 2017

Batik Lightning

Over the past year Jean has sent me some beautiful home-dyed batik fat quarters.  Since Cynthia is so generously hosting the block drive this time I have had more time to focus on projects on my wish list. Using some of these pretty batiks was one of them!

I pulled blue and yellow shades, cut them to 4.5" wide on my AccuQuilt and then sewed them together in a braid pattern.

Initially I had planned to trim off the jagged edged and piece them together as usual, but I ended up liking the effect so much that I did raw-edge-applique onto a back background instead.

I quilted it all over with a stipple in black thread.  This one has already been taken up to the hospital for donation through Covered in Love.

Here's an obligatory cat picture of Rory lounging on the back side of this just after it was quilted. Isn't that backing fabric wild? Gail gave it to me with a note saying she had no idea what she was thinking when she bought it!  Well, just goes to show every fabric will find its home eventually.  It doesn't exactly match the top, but I think it does "go".

By the way, a reprint of the paper article on CiL cropped up on AllPeopleQuilt this week.  It's nice how they say I've "touched the lives of many patients in more ways than one" considering they don't know me  :) Thank you to all of you who continue to contribute to CiL. You guys are the real heroes!

The current Covered in Love block drive is going on until the end of June if you want to help out.  More info here

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Oh Scrap!

Listening to... something a little different.


  1. I absolutely love the batik lightning quilt. Did you use a specific pattern? Thanks

  2. I wondered how you got those zigzags across the quilt! Interesting idea. As for the quilt back, I think it's nice to have something a bit unexpected. A little surprise for those who get to see the back!

  3. I'm inspired by your raw edge work! I've always thought it was cool that you do the CiL labels that way and it's great to see it on a big quilt like this. Love the yummy colors you pulled in this one.

    Of *course* you've touched patients' lives...and their IV lines, and their bedpans, and their meds...tough to do your job without touching anything :)

  4. That batik braid is beautiful. I like how you separated the rows with the black. Looks like the wild backing is purr-fect for the wild cat (Rory). She's enjoying it to the fullest.

  5. Great idea to raw edge appliqué your braid. I really like your color choices. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  6. Wonderful batik fabrics in lovely colors. The black really sets them off, a clever idea.