Find a treasure chest of ideas for your batiks! Get inspired to play with the brilliant colors and dramatic motifs of batik fabrics with this visual feast of batik quilts. Then follow techniques and patterns that will give you the confidence to dive into your collection and stitch up rich, color-splashed quilts.
- Choose from 18 spectacular projects, from small wall quilts to full-size bed quilts, that showcase the vibrant hues and exotic designs of batik fabrics
- Use simple-to-stitch shapes based on classic blocks and patterns, plus find tips for combining batiks with traditional quilting fabrics
- Learn about the ancient art form of batik, which uses a combination of waxes and dyes to make intricate patterns on fabric
- Enhance your quilts with a variety of exciting options for borders and settings that will dazzle the eye
- Find the inspiration to start stitching your batiks today with this book of beautiful quilts for batik lovers and fabric lovers everywhere!
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When I first learned about Martingale & Company offering Ebooks that could be downloaded, I was curious, but also a bit skeptical. I must confess that I come from a long line of "book" lovers, where we enjoyed reading and having physical books in our libraries. I even had a grandfather who was a book publisher. While I've fully adopted computers and have fallen in love with the internet, I was a bit skeptical about wanting to have any quilting, embroidery or sewing books in an electronic format. After all, how would I be able to get inspired when reading a book electronically? Or how would I follow instructions to make a project?
Still, I was curious and wanting to research what the value proposition would be for Ebooks for quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts. To my delight, Martingale & Company recently offered a free download of an Ebook for their fans on Facebook. This free download gave me a chance to have a hands-on Ebook experience.
I was able to download the book Batik Beauties by Laurie J. Shifrin. The entire download process was very easy and fast. Much faster than if I had gone to a local store, or ordered online via Amazon, or another source. The entire process took only a few minutes and I was quickly enjoying reading this delightful book. Thus, I concluded the shopping process was definitely easier. Plus, I found the prices for the Ebooks were better priced than printed books.
Batik Beauties is really a wonderful book. Chapters provide insights to quilters on batiks, basic quiltmaking techniques, and 18 different projects all using beautiful batiks. There is an excellent use of pictures, as well as visual and written instructions. The 18 different designs offer a variety of styles and are definitely fantastic designs for batiks. But these designs, and many insights shared in this book carry over to more than just batik fabrics. I really enjoyed seeing how this book provided various how-to examples and insights on color and fabric selection. But, as this book does focus on batiks, it provides great insights to help identify the top vs. the bottom of batik fabrics, how batiks are made, and insights on dyeing process and care.
Batik Beauties by Laurie J. Shifrin is truly a delightful book. I highly recommend it for everyone that enjoys batiks, as well as for those that simply want to get inspired with using colors and making beautiful quilts!
I also learned that Ebooks have many advantages over traditional printed books. While the obvious is that you are taking steps to "go green" and save a tree, you also don't have to spend time finding space to store your Ebooks, or spend time to organize them. And, if you want to have a hard copy of a pattern (or pages) from the book, you can simply print out the pages you need. Very simple.
My conclusion is that Ebooks are really delightful. From the better shopping experience thru the ease of viewing the book easily online with search features, the ability to enlarge fonts (or photos), and flip through pages quickly, the Ebook experience is really very positive. More positive than I ever dreamed.
I hope you'll give Martingale & Company Ebooks a try soon. And I hope you'll also try the Ebook for Batik Beauties by Laurie J. Shifrin.
Laurie J. Shifrin
Laurie J. Shifrin is a retail manager at In The Beginning, one of the top quilt shops in the country.
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