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Cari-in-Oly

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I was digging through boxes and found several UFOs and completed tops. This one had the backing with it so I found a panto I thought would look good with it and got it on the frame. It's a Bento Box done in large(16") blocks with a film strip border. The yellow is a batik and I think the pink and green were strips from a jelly roll. I made the top about 8 years ago so it's hard to remember. The actual quilting leaves a lot to be desired, I really need to remember to do some practicing with a panto before I do the actual quilt. I was worried about having issues with the batik fabric but I had almost zero tension issues and only one thread break without doing anything special so the Quilting Gods were looking out for me lol. I used Connecting Threads Essential cotton in lemon yellow on the top and Mettler Silk Finish cotton variegated blue/pink/yellow in the bobbin to match the backing. The panto is Marmalade from Urban Elementz. I'm thinking about keeping this one and putting it on the wall behind the long arm as a reminder to PRACTICE!
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S5030206.jpg  It's done and off the frame now ready for binding but my camera batteries are dead.

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I think your quilting looks great!
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The quilting transformed that top into a thing of beauty!!

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Wonderful!
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Very pretty! Good choice on the quilting!

What issues were you concerned about with the batik fabric? I've never used a batik so was wondering what the difference is from any other quilting cotton?

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I  like that quilting pattern.  I've been afraid to try it myself with all the little circles!  I'm too afraid mine would have triangles and rectangles instead!


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Christy, it's funny, my circles look better in the pic than they really are. The first pass was lots of odd shapes that vaguely resemble a circle lol. When I could relax and just not care, that's when it got better.

Deb, I belong to two FB Handi Quilter groups and I'm always seeing people having trouble quilting batiks. Skipped stitches and bad tension are the two biggest. I had neither problem even with all the seams. in fact, I'm pretty sure I had the top a little tighter on the frame than I should have. Some people use ball point needles, some spray the top with water, and some suggest a very loose top on the frame, people always have suggestions. I just set my tension normally and went for it. In fact I don't even think I put a new needle in. Maybe I just got lucky.

Lori, Judy and Mavis, thank you!

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Cari I love the colors on your quilt, it shouts spring is here.
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Just because I've never worked with batik I looked into it some more. I always thought it was a type of tie dye process but now see it's a wax resist that creates the beautiful colors. So maybe lesser quality fabric might not have all the resist removed causing problems or maybe a better quality machine handles this type of fabric better. In any case it was a good choice for your quilt!
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Cari, it's wonderful!  Your quilting is great!
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Just because I've never worked with batik I looked into it some more. I always thought it was a type of tie dye process but now see it's a wax resist that creates the beautiful colors. So maybe lesser quality fabric might not have all the resist removed causing problems or maybe a better quality machine handles this type of fabric better. In any case it was a good choice for your quilt!

Batik fabric is also a tighter weave than regular quilting cotton. There is different quality of batiks depending on where they come from but I really don't know much about the different ones. I don't even remember where I got it. I'm just happy it came out as good as it did without any fuss.

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I love those colors and the quilting, too!
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Great quilt Cari!  Pretty colors. 
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Here's the quilt completely finished. For the binding I found a pink in my stash that color wise is in between the two pinks in the quilt. The variegated thread I used in the bobbin totally blends into the backing which is what I wanted.
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Love it!
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Cari...thats is very pretty... I love the soft pastel colors too...guess if you get tired of it a granddaughter would enjoy the back & front side as a quilt. Then you can put a new practice practice quilt on the wall...haha
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Thanks! I'm actually hoping that one of the littles will claim it. I'm kinda tired of looking at it already, yellow isn't one of my favorite colors.

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