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Infinity Table Runner with Love and Kisses

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Welcome to the Love and Kisses blog hop! When Sherry showed me the preview of her new fabric line, I knew it would be a perfect match for my Infinity table runner pattern. Get it here.

 

Infinity table runner

We are celebrating the release of Powered By Quilting’s signature line of fabric from Island Batik. It is a fabulous collection of blues, purples and pinks.

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Batik fabric

I love working with batiks! Batiks have a slightly different feel than traditional quilting cotton, because of the dye process. They are made by multiple stages of dyeing the fabric with a wax resist method. I would love to take a quilting tour of Indonesia and see it being made. Get a glimpse into the work with this video.

Batiks are a bit stiffer than other cottons, but I have mixed them in my quilts many times with no problem. Part of their charm is the color variation, although that can be a turn-off to some people. At first glance, some spots on the fabric might look dirty or damaged, but it is just the natural variation of the wax and dyeing process.

Using Batiks

Paper piecing fans, rejoice! Grab those batiks and start quilting, because there is no right or wrong side of the fabric. Well, let me explain that  – the difference is probably not noticeable. Some quilters say that the wrong side of the batik has a duller finish, but I have a really hard time seeing it! Traditional cotton fabric is usually printed on one side rather than completely submerged in a dye pot. As a result of the dye process, batiks have a special look with more saturated colros.

Batiks can be fun to fussy-cut when you are looking for a certain hue of color. Many of the batik prints are dyed with several colors, so you see some amazing ombre sections that will be a stunning accent in your project. I like using a multi-colored batik as a border to bring all the other fabrics together.

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Infinity Table Runner

I love working with half-square-triangles. This video shows my favorite methods for making HSTs. There are so many fun blocks to sew from this simple unit, from pinwheels to stars and more. Put your love of quilting on display with this quick and easy table runner. The rings meet to form an Infinity symbol, and you could extend the space between the elements to fit a longer table. It would even be fun as a door decoration! Download your pattern here.

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Love & Kisses Blog Hop

Be sure to visit these designers to see more fabulous projects using the Love & Kisses fabric line from Island Batik. And, ask for this fabric at your local quilt shop. Use the store locator here to find one near you.

December 1 – Sherry Shish of Powered By Quilting
December 2 – Jen Strauser of Dizzy Quilter
December 3 – Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts
December 4 – Jessica Caldwell of Desert Bloom Quilting
December 5 – Trisch Price & Jenifer Dick of Everyday Stitches
December 6 – Leanne Parsons of Devoted Quilter
December 7 – Andi Stanfield of True Blue Quilts                    <- YOU ARE HERE!
December 8 – Becca Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney Quilts
December 9 – Suzy Webster of Websterquilt
December 10 – Sally Williams of Paleofish designs
December 11 – Joanne Kerton of Canuck Quilter
December 12 – Andrea Arledge of Little Life of Mine
December 13 – Sarah Vanderburgh of Sew Joy Creations
December 14 – Kate Starcher of Katie Mae Quilts
December 15 – Linda Bratten of Linda B Creative
December 16 – Anja Clyke of Anja Quilts
December 17 – Marian Pena of Seams To Be Sew
December 18 – Sherry Shish of Powered By Quilting

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