What comes to mind when you hear the word “neighborhood?” For some, it’s a friendly wave as you head to the mailbox. For others, it’s late summer evening BBQ’s, families trick-or-treating together, teens shoveling snow for those who need a little extra help, and the sound of laughter traveling along with the gentle evening breezes through an open window. Quilt Expressions’ “Neighborhood Association” pattern, made with rich Batiks, shows the depth and closeness that results from sharing a neighborhood. Make your own and bring some of that neighborhood feeling inside your home. (Click here to see our original version using bright colors and grays.)
When I was a (much) younger girl, I remember going to quilt stores with my mom. I loved to see all of the bright colors and feel the different textures of fabric. But those Batiks…they always seemed so dark and uninteresting to my uneducated eye. Then, as I started quilting, I was drawn to the patterns stamped on the fabric and wondered how Batiks were made. If you’re curious, watch this video from Hoffman Fabrics, filmed in Bali. We’re so lucky to have access to these handmade, gorgeous fabrics. And, if you haven’t traveled to the Batik section at Quilt Expressions recently, the variety of colors and patterns is incredible! There are still many prints available that are the traditional earth-tone colors, but there are so many more options available.
This rainbow of gorgeous color with dots, hearts, and all kinds of geometric fun? Yep, those are Batiks! Just about any pattern can be made with Batiks, or combine your favorite Batiks with other collections to create your own, one-of-a-kind masterpiece!