Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Batiks featured in Shop Hop quilt

I haven't met a batik I didn't like! How 'bout you?

As a fabric rep, I wonder if I secretly give batiks a little more petting. Because batiks are dyed rather than printed, the saturated colors ebb and flow across the organic pattern resists to penetrate the snappy, tightly woven cotton. Oh, and when set against a solid ground... they are exuberant!

Batiks are featured in a Tennessee Spring Shop Hop quilt.

The 2013 Spring Shop Hop (March 23 - 30) in middle Tennessee is featuring a collection of 12 batik-infused quilt blocks in the Shop Hop sampler quilt. You will find batiks among these featured fabrics. (They all play well together, wouldn't you say?)

Each of the 5 participating quilt shops have designed a setting layout to showcase the blocks in their own individual style, and the finishing kits are available. (I've had a sneak peak of 3 of the layouts and it would be difficult for me to choose!) The quilt block construction is based on a the ever-popular (and oh-so-accurate) Thangles quilting notion, so you can't go wrong with piecing these beauties. What's not to love???
One of the 5 different block settings for the batik sampler quilt.

The Shop Hop starts this Saturday, March 23! Buy a $5 Shop Hop passport at any of these fine quilt shops and collect all 12 block kits (fabric and patterns included) to create a beautiful batik quilt. Pick up some extra batiks [and cottons!] to add to your stash, some Thangles, and other quilty goodies... and tell them that rep reminded you to hop in! 

Oh, and there are some fabulous prizes to be won: a Janome sewing machine with extension table and 1/4-inch foot, gift certificates, fat quarter baskets and more.... Someone has to win them, it might as well be YOU! You gotta hop to win.

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