MONDAY ! REVIEW Batik Quilts by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter

Batik Quilts by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter and published by Leisure Arts is a colorful book with a large collection of some of their favourite quilts. The patterns are for all skill levels and are of all sizes, from a baby quilt to a full-sized quilt.

batikquiltscoverAccording to the books promotion, you can create paradise. “Create paradise with quilts in exotic fabrics! For this book, the editors of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine have collected their most popular batik quilt patterns for all skill levels.”

The book includes an article about how batik fabrics are made.

There are 24 Designs: Under the Sea; Split Rail Fence; Imperial Diamonds; Circles, Circles; Batik Magic; Prairie Skies; Blue Bayou; Crossed Kayaks; September Leaves; Woven Wonder; On the Dark Side; Tucson Sunset; Triangle Surprise; Tranquility; Horse Play; Charming Diamonds; Sailing; Sunflowers; Night Blooms; Gold Rush; Baby Blue Mini; Candy Flowers; Graceful Ladies; and Double Wedding Ring.

The authors have trademarked their Sew Easy lessons and these guide you via photographs and description through any specific techniques you need for a particular project.

Upsides:

You can download size options and quilt top assembly instructions from their website. One of my personal favourites is the Split Rail. See more of it here. They include sizes for both Queen and King beds.

Split Rail Fence Design

Split Rail Fence Design

Downsides:

I can’t imagine any of these patterns being particularly appropriate for a complete novice.

Where to find the book:

I found this at my public library – my first choice of source. However, many people will want this in their quilting library. Amazon.ca has it but the price is high. You can also order directly from Leisure Arts at http://www.leisurearts.com/best-of-fons-porter-batik-quilts.html at a price of $26.99 (US I believe).

If this has inspired you, we have a wonderful selection of batiks at Sweet Pea Quilting. Here are just a few to whet your appetite.batik1 batik3 batik4 batik5Don’t forget our annual sample sale this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2nd and 3rd.

 

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