Batik quilts are a beautiful way to use batik fabric. Incorporating batik fabric is very popular in the world of quilting right now, but before we get into why let's talk a little about the history of quilting. This art of quilting dates back almost 500 years where it was not only used as covering for beds, but also to line armor for soldiers and to create warm winter clothing.
The quilts we think of today are a more recent concept being a bed covering. However, now with the addition of batik fabrics the art of quilting has reached a whole new level and quilts are now commonly created for aesthetic purposes as much as for utilitarian purposes. Using fabric custom made for their project enables the artist to create a one of a kind design to suit their own purpose and gives the artist an alternative to the current selection of printed fabric that is available on the market.
In addition to the quilter being able to create their own custom fabric for their own designs, commercially produced quarter bundles of printed fabric can be purchased from most craft stores. These fat quarter bundles come in several different styles each with its own merits.
Incorporating popular patterns into quilts is an excellent way to blend traditional cultural elements into your quilting while giving your project a modern feel. Quilts made in this way have raised the art form of quilting to a whole new level and they are becoming increasingly common in galleries and museums around the world. Quilt artists come from as many different varied backgrounds as there are quilt patterns.
Both batik and quilting were almost lost as art forms due to commercial mass production, but thankfully a new generation of folks interested in do it yourself projects have picked up both art forms and are combining them into beautiful new creations for a new generation of arts and crafts lovers.