Friday, May 13, 2016

Batik's and Birthday's


Last year some time my wife bought me this huge stack of Batik's and as my wife said I did not seem excited or care.  I dont know how I went almost a year with out being excited about these but for my Birthday I decided to treat my self and cut into this stack.  I started last night (My B-Day Eve) and I finished this morning.  And will share in Pictures.



I really enjoyed visually how this stack was put together it had the lighter on one side and the darker on the other side.  So I had to get a picture of both sides of this bundle to show it all off.



The way my wife cuts material is so much different then my style of cutting.  Many or most I would assume cuts 1-2 layers of material at a time.  For me that is way too slow and not as efficient.



It might be hard to tell but the stacks that I am cutting are about 12-15 layers thick.  The cutting blade I use is the larger of the 2 standard size blades and I always make sure my blades are sharp as I like to cut thick stacks.



Here is more of a close up.  Please note these are 2 stacks thick each but gives you an idea of how many layers are in the stacks.



So you may ask what in the world am I doing with all of these.  My plans are too make 3 quilts (yes I cant ever seem to make a single quilt at a time, though Tanya is trying to convince me to make 4 rather then 3 quilts go figure)  To explain the material at the top of the above picture is what is left of my Fat Quarter Bundle which is about 1/3 of the fabric left.  The long strips will be a diagonal lap quilt and maybe a 2nd baby quilt if Tanya gets her way.  The 2 1/2 inch squares in the 3 bags will make 2 different quilts one will be one of my 25 squared patterns and the other will be a granny square quilt which I have made many times but never made a pattern for but will make a pattern this time while making it.



Well I still had a little time before having to leave for work so I started to sew my strips together.  At the point I took this picture the strips each had about 6 strips sewed together so the weight of it was dragging them off the side of the table.



The funny thing about Batik's are that my wife hates them and complains and the longer I play with them and sew them together the more she starts telling me how much she likes them and wants me to make more and more.  She just cant make up her mind.  





What I love most is the contrast in the colors.  Any way this is the pile that I had when all the strips were sewed and there is only 5 long strips left.



While I am finally at work and they thought to celebrate and since it also shows off the quilt on the wall in my office I took a picture sorry for the poor quality and poor editing I was at work after all but Happy B-Day to me.  And for those that are curious I turn 47 today.  I was born in the summer of 1969.



Last and not least Google had to get in on the B-Day Action and I seem to be getting a B-Day google celebration page.  If you click it it goes to my profile so good job Google and thanks.







9 comments:

Podunk Pretties said...

Well Happy Birthday! The summer of 69! Bryan Adams! He was the heart throb when I was in High School. I'm a 69 baby also! Enjoy your day, don't work to hard.

Valerie Reynolds said...

Love that you have a quilt hanging at work. Happy Birthday!

Emily C said...

Very pretty Batiks. I love the color variation of the stack, too. Happy birthday and congrats on the google pic.

Mike Pearson said...

Happy Birthday! Looks like you are having a wonderful day!

barbara woods said...

Happy birthday

desertskyquilts said...

Happy birthday, a day late! I kept looking at those and finally realized it's a fabulous bundle of Fossil Ferns! Love those fabrics.

evaj said...

Happy Birthday a few day late from Bambi and Sweden!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Happy belated Birthday!

Angie in SoCal said...

Happy Birthday, Richard. I was on retreat and didn't have a computer with me. Luscious batiks.

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