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

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166 Responses to National Quilting Month or March Madness???

  1. Phyl says:

    I have a batik kit I bought at my LQS a few years ago–it’s a beautiful rainbow of color. It’s something I hope to start work on within the next month or two. The books look very interesting!

  2. Terri U says:

    I don;t have a batik project in my stash to sew at the moment but this new book could be my inspiration.

  3. jane says:

    I just started collecting batiks and intend to include them in a quilt I’m planning for my mother.

  4. Abby says:

    I’m new to using batiks. Trying to decide what I want to do.

  5. Linda Cartwright says:

    I have some dresden plates, and would love to place them on batik fabric!

  6. Martha Knutson says:

    wow great books — hope I win these!!! thanks for sharing

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  8. Rina Mason says:

    I have never used batiks but just happened to be at my LQS this last week and saw a lady working on a jewel tone friendship braid with black strips dividing the braids. I fell in love with it and am now on the hunt for jewel toned batiks. Hope to start one within the next two weeks.

  9. Laura Falk says:

    Also new to batiks, but have a couple in a scrappy Drunkard’s Path variation I’m working on right now.

  10. Carolyn Howland says:

    My next project batik project is a purse. Following that I am collecting more batiks for a quilt for my son.

  11. Marguerite Guinn says:

    I have some beautiful pre-cut batiks waiting for me to start another quilt. I am currently hand-quilting a batik quilt I pieced earlier last year.

  12. Amy Caldwell says:

    I need to find a simple Batik pattern, and add to my to do list. Thanks for the giveaway opportunities.

  13. Janet Frank says:

    I’m doing an applique quilt in all batiks. Would love these books for my library!

  14. Judith G. Kensinger says:

    I have the batiks, can’t resist them, so now I could use the books to plan a project.

  15. Marie V. Frostman says:

    Once a batiker, always a batiker!!!

  16. Mary says:

    I haven’t done a batik quilt yet but hoping to start learning with a simple one soon.

  17. ritainalaska says:

    alaska wild heart, designed by brenda clyde and chelline larson, is a set of 12 gorgeous blocks depicting alaskan flora and fauna worked up with beautiful batiks as a blockof the month … i found it at robin place shop which has been running it for 9 months now. having come in late i bought the blox already out and am eagerly waiting for the final ones and the finish set.

  18. Diana Van Hise says:

    I am going to Bali with a quilting group. I certainly could make good use of these books!!!

  19. Jane Brown says:

    I’m working on a batik background for an art quilt for a challenge. I’m doing the background in orange batiks.

  20. I didn’t even know what batik was until I saw this post and then researched (Googled) it! lol I would love to try and these books would definitely help!

  21. Lori s says:

    I have a spicy spiral table runner at the ready and it is all batiks. Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Janet says:

    My next batik project will be my first batik project :) I am finishing up a couple of other things, then would love a batik project quilt in warm colors for a mountain cabin!

  23. L Whitehead says:

    Love working with Batiks. Hope I am the one to win this awsome gift of books. Thanks for giving us the opportunity.

  24. Lynn Hahn says:

    I would love to use these books as my inspiration for my next batik project.

  25. Evelyn says:

    I will soon be learning how to make batik fabric it’s my favorite due to how contemporary they turn out. Lovely quilts

  26. Trudy L says:

    I have always loved batiks and aim to collect more; my stash has been dwindling!

  27. Mona A says:

    I am just about finished with a batik baby quilt for my newest niece. It’s basted and ready to quilt. All pinks, purples and lime green.

  28. Terry Donati says:

    I tend to mix batiks in with other fabrics – hand dyed and commercial prints as well. I just finished a wall quilt of Chinese lanterns done in a fanatstic orange batik.

  29. Laurie P says:

    I am starting a batik quilt for my daughter. She loves purple and I decided I would make her one. She is helping me cut it out and iron it. She is actually excited about that.

  30. Jennifer Ward says:

    I absolutely adore batik! I love to include a little batik in a project. It adds interest and elegance to a quilt. One of my projects is batik fabrics only; it’s going slowly because I’m a little afraid that I won’t do the beautiful fabric justice. Maybe the book will give me some confidence!

  31. Diane McLauchlan says:

    I am just now getting into batiks. Now I need more batik ideas.
    Diane in Wyoming

  32. MoeWest says:

    I have a batik jellyroll but no specific project has been chosen yet. Other than that, I have very few batiks in my stash. I’ll have to work on that!

  33. Marti M says:

    I did a batik jellyroll race. Now I need to put on the boarders.

  34. Jenelle Boxberger says:

    I have 3 favorite things I like to make. 1. mini quilts 12 x12 approx. 2. Table topper/runners. 3. lap quilts for the sofa. Thanks for the chance to win the books.

  35. Pat says:

    I love batiks, and my current project is to start free motion quilting my Tropical Sunrise queen size one that is slated for a wedding gift. It’s going to be hard to part with that one though! Happily, there are probably enough scraps from making it that I should be able to create at least a throw or twin size quilt for myself, so these pattern books would be mighty welcome in my quilting room. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  36. LeAnne L says:

    I’ve got a couple of jelly rolls of batiks that I can’t wait to start on. I’ll be doing one of the Cozy Quilt strip tube ruler patterns.

  37. Angela Keller says:

    More books? More PROJECTS!

  38. I’ve been quilting going on 5 yrs. I would love do to something with batiks, it’s on my list, so many things to learn, do and so much fun!

  39. Karen Barkley says:

    I have been admiring these batik fabrics in my local fabric stores. I want to make a kaleidescope quilt out of them as soon as my fabric stash funds are built up again :-) these books would be wonderful to add to my quilt pattern collection.

  40. Catherine Skrinak says:

    I plan to make a batik tote bag with some free motion quilting on it for my future cruise

  41. carol says:

    My next quilt is in a bag awaiting me, the bag has all the fabric and the pattern, maybe next month!

  42. Donna Keating says:

    I like to incorporate batiks with my regular fabric within a project. They provide a bit of pop to a quilt.

  43. Janine Huisjen says:

    I’m working on a landscape quilt with lots of batiks in it (perfect for grass and sky). More books for inspiration would be fun.

  44. Earlene Bubnell says:

    I absolutely love batiks. Most of my quilts are batiks. I would love to have some books with even more batik patterns.

  45. Dana Womack says:

    I would love to win either book because I love love batiks.

  46. Vivian Keel says:

    This is beautiful!!!! I love batiks. These books look full of great ideas.

  47. Jessica Troian says:

    I have some batiks put side for use in my son’s bedspread and for a Christmas tree skirt. I have never used batiks in a project before, so either project will be my first with a batik in it. It’s gorgeous fabric. I can’t wait to use it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Deb says:

    I have a McKenna Ryan pattern of a basket full of vegetables…it’s beautiful, and i have all the batik fabrics purchased for the variety of colors in the basket…I did this maybe 3 years ago!!! It’s not started yet and needs to be!

  49. PattyHappel says:

    I just ordered batiks to make a Jacob’s Ladder quilt for my grandson.

  50. Sue Marcela says:

    I have never used batiks but see so many lovely quilts made using them. I would love to give them a try.

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