National Quilting Month or March Madness???

[Please note: This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to LeAnne, the winner of these quilting books! Thanks to all who entered!]

I have to admit I’m excited about March – National Quilting Month. What can be better than a whole month celebrating my passion?

I’ve thought about what I want to do personally to celebrate the month and there are several things.

I’ve not been to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden. It’s only a couple of miles from where I live and work. Visiting there is a priority item for me this month.

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One of my PIGS

I MUST finish this quilt I showed on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. It will be lovely and it is very large. As I’ve said before, I’m choosing projects to finish by the amount of space they take up. I spent one of my at-home days last weekend embroidering flowers and leaves so I may have enough done now. I need to hang it on the design wall and pin the flowers and leaves in place and see.

But I’m working on a different project and must finish it first. It is a quilt to cover the very drafty window in the living area of my apartment.  We’ve only had a few days of really cold weather but those few days were enough to show me I want to do something about the cold, cold window. This quilt is nearly done. I quilted it so heavily that it is no longer large enough to cover the window opening so I need to add borders on two sides and bind it. I’ll show you photos in another week or two when I finish it.

And I’ve decided I want a new quilt for my apartment. I have a batik window covering and a batik wall hanging and I think I need a batik quilt to finish the look.

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I have a batik theme going on.

Do you see why I have so many unfinished things? I get sidetracked so easily. I want to finish the unfinished projects before I start something new but on the other hand, I want a batik bed size quilt. FOCUS, Lori!!!!

Batiks are so very fun to work with. They come in every color of the rainbow, some have patterns and prints. They are tightly woven and have a firm hand making them less likely to fray and easy to work with. And they don’t have a right and wrong side.

All that said, I think I’ll give away a couple of books so you can try working with batiks and celebrate National Quilting Month at the same time.

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Giveaway books

The first book is Quilt Batik! by Cheryl Brown (Martingale 2012). This book has 12 different projects; traditional quilts, an improvisational quilt and an arty quilt so there is something for everyone. There are suggested quilting designs for each of the projects. It has a nice section explaining the history of batiks and how they are made.

The second book is In Love with Squares and Rectangles by Amy Walsh and Janine Burke (C&T Publishing 2013). It has 10 projects with not a triangle or hexagon in sight. This book has a section on choosing fabrics and the color wheel. There are instructions for altering the patterns by changing the size, the setting or the color palette.

One lucky person will receive these two books. For a chance to win, leave a comment about your next batik project by midnight on Wednesday, March 6, Mountain time. One comment per person please. This giveaway is open to those who haven’t won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

We have fun things planned for the rest of March. Make sure to stay up-to-date with the National Quilt Month happenings by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. And for other fun quilt stuff, visit our website.

Happy National Quilting Month!

About Lori Baker

Lori is the creative editor at Quilters Newsletter.
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166 Responses to National Quilting Month or March Madness???

  1. Shana Hutcherson says:

    I LOVE batiks!! I have used them in multiple projects, from scrap quilts to the full quilt of nothing but batiks!!! One of my favorites was a scrap quilt I did from Bonnie Hunter(mystery quilt), I used vintage fabrics I had and mixed them batiks and didn’t know how it was going to turn out until the very end, it turned out great!!! Batiks can be used just like some of the good old fall back solids (which I still use!), but they add such texture! LOVE THEM!!

  2. Karen A says:

    I have been collecting batik fat quarters to make a quilt, but I keep changing my mind about the pattern. One of these days I will do it!

  3. DeAnn Oliekan says:

    I am working on a quilt using folded batik hexagons- all hand done! I’m afraid it’s turning into a life project:-)

  4. Cecilia says:

    I want to make a batik tote. My friend made one out of brown and cream batik strips and it was gorgeous. Now, I want one too. I just finished a queen size Turning Twenty using batiks and it turned out beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of these 2 books, they look very interesting.

  5. Katie Wilson says:

    My next batik project is to add a few more churn dash blocks to some I received from a swap, then sash and border them with a dark blue batik. Think I’ll go work on that now!

  6. Carol says:

    I haven’t yet done a batik project, but have longed to do so. I’m drawn by their richness.

  7. Myra Sattler says:

    I love all the colors of batiks but haven’t really worked with them much. It is so scary to step outside of my comfort zone but would love to sew more batiks.

  8. Kathy Elamon says:

    I have gathered quite a collection of batiks and would love ideas how to use them.

  9. Pam from CA says:

    My next batik project is for my daughter, Laura. A large throw size. I could use some ideas from these books!

  10. Jane says:

    My next batik project is already planned, prewashed and pressed:
    I am planning on making the “Easy Street” pattern by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I love the way the fabrics play together and I have found a real great selection of batiks… can’t wait to get this project started!

  11. Sue says:

    I like the idea of a batik tote- big enough to carry stuff to the beach! That will be a good spring/summer project.

  12. Kaye koler says:

    Love the batiks! Thank you for sharing them with us. Well done blog!

  13. Maralee Patton says:

    I like the look of batiks and have collected several but need some ideas of what to do. These books would certainly help.. Thank you

  14. Genoa Deb says:

    Batiks are my favorites. I love pairing them up with a traditional pattern.

  15. Debra says:

    I love, love, love batiks! My ‘next’ batik projects are to put borders on two batik UFOs so they can be quilted, and I have the fabrics for a batik tote, and all those lovely batik scraps need a permanent home in a quilt, and………..I keep buying more. Thank you for the opportunity to win these wonderful books.

  16. Jessie says:

    I need a bag for summer. Since batiks always make me think warm thoughts, I think they are perfect for a summer bag.

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