BATIKS Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics

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Jelly Roll Dresses

Check out these adorable dresses my friend Kay made.  She used the Fig Tree pattern Milk and Cookies and our Kaffe and Friends Jelly Roll.  She was able to make three little dresses for her grand daughter.  Depending on the size you can make 2 – 4 dresses.

What is a Kaffe and Friends Jelly Roll?  Well, it is Kaffe, Brandon, Phillip, Amy, and maybe one or two Jane pieces.  Yummy!  You get light, medium, and dark.  There is a change of scale to make your projects more interesting.  We cut our own jelly rolls with a die cut machine and have an experienced crew in charge.  Your strips are true and straight.

Most of our jelly rolls are batik and we combine the best of 14 companies to achieve a balanced, light to dark effect.  If you are doing a color wash, you can use our rolls right as them come.  Yummy.  Just sit and sew.  What could be better?

Several gals at the shop want one of these cute dresses in their size.  You can use this pattern and a whole jelly roll and do it.  Better on a smaller figure than mine but I would sure love one!  A jelly roll will result in 80″ of skirt fullness if you use the whole roll.  So the first thing would be to decide how full you want your skirt.  Then decide how long you want the shirt section: raised waist, dropped waist or natural waist.  You may want to taper the shirt slightly so it isn’t too baggy.

This would be a great project to use your serger to sew.  Don’t have one?  Here’s your excuse.  I love my Pfaff serger!  And we just happen to be Pfaff dealers!  Stop by and check one out.



White Batik!!!

Kaufman’s new Holiday batiks have arrived and they include a few WHITE batik with metallic.  The really cool thing about metallic batik is you can use both sides.  Sometimes the metal overprint shows on the back as a slight pattern as it does on the white batik.  So cool.  Two for one!

There are lots more colors but the white is just so unusual!  It is so nice to think about Christmas with the 90 degree weather we have been having.  The humidity just wipes me out.

And I know I’m a whiney- I live in the mountains of Virginia and we get very little of this weather.  I grew up in Virginia Beach and I know warm weather and humidity!     Carol


What do you think?

I changed the look of our blog.  I have been feeling black white and red lately.  What do you think of the new look?

Here are some great new black and white and red batiks.  Yummy.  I haven’t met a red I didn’t like!

Bali Fabrics Black & White Batik

Island Batik Black & White

Island Batik Red

Timeless Tonga Red Batik


AQS Knoxville, TN 2010

We had a grand time in Knoxville, TN with the AQS show. Our booth was very colorful and well attended. Great people, great food, great weather (but hot).

We meant to count samples because there were so many.  The shot above shows Carol demoing Bali Bowls and Baskets.  So much fun.  This technique has no raw edges showing.  Carol is making Christmas presents while she demos at the shows.  Smart!

The A+ Team

The A+ Team above are Anna Jones, Carol Britt, Kendall Price, and Laura Post.  Anna writes the Why Not Wednesday emails and is our website development person.  Carol is the owner.  Kendall is leaving us for Graduate School at Virginia Tech soon and will be sorely missed.  Laura recently moved to Wytheville area from Pennsylvania and is our gal Friday at the shop (and Tuesday, and Wednesday….).  The patterns in front are from Carol’s quilt pattern company, Cotton Dreams Patterns.

Marty and Carol Britt

We love when Marty can come to the show and help us pack up.  He makes it so easy for us and does all the jobs we don’t like.  That would be disconnecting and packing electrical and disassembling the fixtures.  He also gets into the trailer and loads stuff in the right place.  Yea Marty.  Marty will be with us in Asheville, NC and Jacksonville, FL.

We are glad to be home filling orders and welcoming people to our shop!


Groovy Girls

Are you a Groovy Girl?  Or just want to be one?  We are starting a Groovy Girl Sewing Club at the shop that will start in September.  We will meet for a fun monthly session on the second Monday at 6pm.  Each month we will demo a new easy technique and a fun project.  You will receive exclusive projects that make great gifts for friends or for yourself.  Sally Martin will be the head Groovy Girl and she picked cool fabrics yesterday to make some samples.

You will laugh, learn, and be inspired by creative ideas! How groovy is that!

Groovy Girls Sewing Club is designed by Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs.  We carry lots of Terry’s great patterns and her colorful zippers.  One of our favorite patterns is Cash and Carry

Cash and Carry

Others include Big Bag Little Bag and Let’s Do Lunch.  Click on either of these and see other great Atkinson Designs.

Big Bags Little Bags

Let's Do Lunch

Make plans to join us for the Groovy Girl Sewing Club.  It sounds like so much light hearted fun.  Grab a groovy girlfriend and sign up together!

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Flip for Batik

flip flops

Anna is just a nut!  She is our website development person at Batiks Etcetera and Sew What Fabrics.  She loves shoes.  And pretty toenails.  And fun.  Check out these cute, cute, cute flip flops she made from Aunties Two Classic Flip Flops and the Bow n Go Flip Flops patterns.  Too cute.  Wrap your feet in BATIK!

You start with regular flip flops or slides so watch the sales.  The sole remains.  Fast & fun.  How about a flip flop party for some friends, grands, or kids?

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More Hoffman Fat Quarter Packs

Shaved Ice

More yum!  Here are the cool and neutral fat quarter packs of Hoffman Bali Hand Paints.  We call them “Almost Solids” and are also known by their pattern number 1895.  And that is NOT the price!  The Almost Solids are priced less than the batik with designs stamped onto them.


The batik with designs take a lot more labor and steps to produce and the process includes boiling off the wax.  The boiling does not really occur with the Almost Solids.  So, that means you should definitely prewash these batik.


These fat quarter packs include 20 fat quarters.  There are more colors of Almost Solids online.  We have more than 300 colors of Hoffman’s Bali Hand Paints Almost Solids.

Key LIme

The brown and beige batik are hard to find.  The beiges make great backgrounds.


I just realized the last two packs shown are Lime and Coconut.  So I’m out of here for dinner and a sip!