I used to love batiks. When I started making "wearable art" about 12 years ago, batiks were new to me, and they were perfect for what I was doing.
In the last few months, it's been dawning on me that I no longer like batiks so much. They've become much more common, and often are used in such a way that their already blended look becomes just a blur--there's no pattern left in the quilt. The popular jelly rolls are very much to blame for this. Many batik jelly roll quilts seem to me like a big smudge of finger paint--pretty colors, but without any pattern definition. Now if you love jelly roll batik quilts, I know I'm stepping on your toes. Don't take it personally. You can still love them. It would be a dull world if we were all alike, right?
So--DRUM ROLL: It's time to use up some batiks! ( It's not that I don't like them at all, it's just that I'm not "saving" them any longer.) I'm making Athena's Puzzle, from a pattern I bought at the Chicago Quilt Festival last spring with the aim of busting batiks. I love the Greek Key design, so that's a bonus, and it's actually just a simple Courthouse Steps block.
I have a retreat coming up in two weeks, so I'll cut this out and sew it there, and will have reduced the batiks stash noticeably. The quilt will be fairly blurry, but that's okay. Nine yards of fabric, plus backing and binding will have been finally used.
I keep repressing the voice that says, "You're going to want that blue for sky! That blue-green has been perfect as an accent. No! Not that purple! You'll be sorry." So far it's working.