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Exclusive Dogwood Batik

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Our Quilt Shop Rally for 2012 is over but the projects and exclusive batik continue.

We still have stock on 11 of the 12 colors of our EXCLUSIVE dogwood batik made for us by Island Batik.  Reorders won’t be in until the fall so order while it lasts!  We have several kits using the dogwood batik as well as charm packs, jelly rolls, and fat quarter packs.  The packs and cuts have all 12 colors.

Our shop project is called Dogwood Days and is a wall hanging or lap quilt measuring 68″ x 50″.  It uses 11 of the 12 Dogwood Batiks and the Lazy Angle Ruler designed by Joan Hawley and made by Creative Grids.


I started with the block called Nimble in Joan’s book, Lazy and Lovin’ It page 58.  I sketched on graph paper because it makes me brave.  A fresh piece of plain white paper scares me!


The branches and twigs are raw edge applique with a decorative stitch to simulate bark around the edges.

Other projects include the Tankini Kit made by Patsy.


This is an Atkinson Designs pattern using the pastel and white Dogwood Batiks.
This is an Atkinson Designs pattern using the pastel and white Dogwood Batiks.


This runner gets its name because it is great on a dresser or the top of the tank in the well dressed bathroom!  Patsy made four other tablerunners.



We die cut the Dogwood Batik into jelly rolls and charm packs.  There are two of each of 12 dogwood batik colors and two each of 8 coordinating batiks for a total of 40 2.5″ strips or 40 5″ squares.


Robin made this 1600 quilt with the jelly roll and added two borders.  It measures 67″ x 81″.

We don’t have this in a kit exactly.  You would order one Dogwood Jelly Roll, 1-1/2 yards for the outside border, 3/4 yard for the inside border (Robin used Grape Juice), and 3/4 yd for binding.

This way you can pick your favorite Dogwood Batik for the outside border.  They all look good and change the personality of the quilt.


Joan used the Twist & Shout Tote pattern from Perkins Dry Goods and our Dogwood Charm Pack to make this cute tote.

She used the charm squares as is and did not cut them down.  Very cute.  I love charm squares – there is so much you can do with a 5″ die cut square!



Robin made this pretty shirt from the blue dogwood.  she was the cat’s meow at the shop rally.

This is a new pattern for her and she really liked it.  She made it shorter as suggested in the pattern.

Blake made this great quilt with the pattern Don’t Fence Me It.

It is a 5 yards of fun pattern and is a snap.  I love the yellow accent.

5 yards of fun are a series of patterns that use only 5 – 1 yard pieces of fabrics.

Get your exclusive Dogwood Batik soon.  Our next shipment will be in the fall.

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Winners! Quilt Shop Rally 2012


Our Quilt Shop Rally was a huge success.

We all had a great time with lots of happy people, door prizes, refreshments, demos, shopping beautiful quilts, great samples, oh, and did I say, shopping?

People loved the new date and the weather wasn’t brutal (yea!).  And the power didn’t go out.
The projects were stunning!

We did lots of different projects at Sew What Fabrics & Batiks Etcetera – three people even made beautiful shirts to wear.
We all had great new name tags using the different dogwood batiks.

Here are the winners of the prizes for those who went to each of the seven stops.  We are so excited to have the grand prize winner from Wytheville!

Grand Prizes

Six $100 gift certificates  (one from each shop)  Wanda Groseclose from Wytheville, VA
Six $50 gift certificates (one from each shop)  Carolyn Crotty from Narrows, VA
Six 25 gift certificates (one from each shop)  Wanda Wellborn, Kernersville, NC
36 Fat Quarter Extravaganza  Elizabeth Sarver,  Roanoke, VA
Notions Basket, value $150.00   Betty Jean Dodson  Roanoke, VA

Babylock  Grace Sewing Machine  Mary Hunter from New Castle, VA.
Bernina 350 Patchwork Edition   James Toler from Floyd, VA

Virginia Gift Assortment from The Martinsville Artisan Center   Terry Hylton,  Lawsonville, NC

Gifts from our Vendor sponsors

Quilt Fabric Kit from Fabric Freedom   Karen Gilmore Richmond, VA
Book and pattern, pin cushion from Hummingbird Highway   Gracie Boxwell,   Lewisburg, WV
1 year subscription to Mr. B’s Preview Pack and ruler,   Evelyn Boyd  from Meadows of Dan, VA
Benartex By the Sea, Fat Quarter Bundle    Sharon Padgett,  Vinton, VA
Book and pattern  Eileen McGivern  Raleigh, NC
Quilted Tote bag by Totes by Sandy with ruler, charm pack and buttons,  Robert Jacobson  Martinsville, VA
Sewing Basket from Sew Biz and Delaware Drygoods   Suzie Pool from Martinsville, VA

Junior Winners

24 Fat quarters    Emily Cahill   Rocky Mount, VA
18 fat quarters  Lyndsey Boyd   Cedar Bluff, VA
12 fat quarters  Keziah Richardson  Midlothian, VA


Quilt Exhibit:  — winners were selected by viewers votes.

Local/Regional  Brenda Feeny of Ridgeway, VA    Virginia Gift Assortment from The Martinsville Artisan Center
Past/Present Shop Rally Participants  Don Bunce of Hardy, VA  Virginia Gift Assortment from The Martinsville Artisan Center


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Video How Batiks are Made

Watch this amazing video of how Moda Batiks are made.  I am so fascinated by how they “smock” the fabric to make the hills and valleys for the dye.

It is a bit scary seeing how there is OSHA in Indonesia.  But Moda has helped improve the conditions and is working with the people.  For the most part the dyes are safe.  The dye is most dangerous in the powder form and dye mixers usually use masks.
The Making of Moda Batiks

Some of favorite new Moda Batiks:

This group of batik are called Tide Pool.  Great name.  They also come in a jelly roll and charm pack.


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Dogwood Days – Quilt Shop Rally

Don’t miss the Dogwood Days of Summer shop hop.

Visit 6 great shops and the Martinsville/Henry Co Visitor Center to have your “Quilting License” stamped.

There is a free Rally T-shirt at the Visitor Center and a chance at door prizes at each shop.

Each shop has designed a quilt using our exclusive Dogwood Batik made just for us by Island Batik.

The instructions for each quilt are free when you visit the shop.  One per person, please.

There are kits available for each quilt.  They are available from the individual shops.

You must attend the Rally to get the free patterns.

Many shops will offer the patterns and kits for sale after the event.

There are 12 colors of our Exclusive Dogwood Batik and Batiks Etcetera of course will offer them all!

They will be available for purchase July 12 in the shop and in our online store.

I can’t wait to see what the shops have made with these lovely batik.

I have been so enjoying working on our quilt.

I am so behind with having 5 days with no power or water in those east coast storms.

But I’m heading to the studio shortly to get this puppy wrapped up!

Hope see lots of you during the Rally and here from everyone else online.

I will be at the Rally in the classroom demoing our blocks for our quilt.

I’ll also be ready to show the new Tumbler Ruler or the Quick Trim Ruler.

I’m doing a Tumbler Quilt with our batik Watermelon Jelly Roll and a cute selection of black and white prints.

Click on the map to print out a copy.


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Hand Drawn Batik Step by Step

These pictures are by Marty Britt taken during a Batik Lovers Tour from Deb Roberts’ World of Quilts Travel company.

Carol and Marty were 2 of 24 lucky people to experience a delightful 10 day tour.

The first full day of our tour we visited a Batik Factory in Tohpati.  There was a fantastic display that showed the hand drawn batik process step by step.  The proprietor was very friendly and proud of their Balinese traditions.

The design is drawn on the fabric by the batik artist.

The design is hand drawn with a tjanting (chanting) with hot wax.

The tjantings are at the right front on the picture. They come in different size openings so the wax can draw different size lines. The reservoir is for hot wax and is copper. The upper left of the picture shows a stove for heating wax.

The picture above also shows a tjap (chop) that is copper wires mounted on either wood or metal.  It is dipped in wax and then stamped onto the cloth.  I will show this process in a future post.

More wax is added with a brush to mask other areas of the cloth before the first color dye.

The fabric is dyed blue. The brown area is wax and that area will stay white at this point.

Wax is removed and only the blue dyed areas are colored. These areas had no wax during the first dyeing.

A second coat of wax is used to mask areas for the next color. Some of the areas waxed are white and some are blue. More detail is added with the tjanting at this time.

A second color dye of red is added.

This shows the piece after the red dye and after removing the wax. Two shades of red are produced by over-dyeing areas that were blue. They create that darker red.

More wax detail is added including background designs in the white area. Notice the fine lines in the white area around the edge of the design. Areas that should stay the color as is are waxed to prevent the addition of the new color.

The last dye is added which is tan or "blonde".

Final batik with all wax removed. Notice the shadings of color and fine design.

The artists must understand the layering of colors as they cover and uncover sections of the design.  The entire process is amazing in intricacy and forethought.

I am now going to treat myself to a few hours of cutting batik while thinking of these incredible artists and what they do for us.  I hope to honor their work with my own by turning these beautiful batiks into quilt designs.

Carol Britt


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Hand Drawn Batik

Marty and Carol Britt tour a Batik Lovers Tour of Bali with Deb Roberts’ World of Quilt Travel.  It was fabulous.

For our first full day in Bali, we left the hotel for a Batik Factory in Tohpati to see hand drawn batik.

There was an incredible shop with the highest quality products to purchase and I could have left every penny I brought in those few rooms.

Many future Christmas presents were purchased there.

The demonstration area was outside with a roof and some electricity. There the artist drew the designs on fabric.

Then the ladies used a tjanting (chanting) to apply wax along the design lines.

The brown colors on the fabric are wax.

Dye does not penetrate the wax.

So the tjanting is used to add design lines and cover lines that are already dyed to suit the designer.

Tote bags were decorated with a wax design for each of us at this factory.

Our guide Supy negotiated to have the bags dyed for those who wished.

The dyed bags were delivered later in our journey.

My next post will be step by step pictures of the hand drawn batik process.

All photos are by Marty Britt, Wytheville, VA.

Commentary by Carol Britt, Wytheville, VA.


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Batik Lovers Tour Day One

Here is an empty Hong Kong airport around 5:30am on our first full day.  It was so empty and most of the restaurants were closed.  Lots of interesting restaurants and of course a McDonalds.

This one had the most interesting metal work decoration around it.  It wasn’t open either.  So what to do for 4.5 hours?  Why check your email, of course!

We met 17 of our group at the Hong Kong airport.  Others would join us in Bali at the hotel from the west coast and Australia.

Soon it was time to get on board for our last part of our trip.  Excitement level was rising even if we were exhausted already!

The flight from Hong Kong to Denpasar was just 4 hours and we could see Borneo and other islands on the way.

We arrived at our beautiful hotel, freshened up somewhat and donned our sarongs for dinner.  We were treated to a traditional gamelan music group and dance group.  The dancing was beautiful and the fabrics they wore made me itch to jump on stage to see it closer.  It was very beautiful.  We happily collapsed into bed dreaming of palm trees and music.