Turtle Hand Batik – a new fabric discovery

I love hand dyed fabrics. They have a unique look that commercial fabrics do not have. Perhaps that’s why I love creating my own textiles.

On my recent trip to QuiltCon, I discovered Turtle Hand Batik fabrics – hand dyed and printed fabric from Malaysia. Each piece is produced one piece at a time. There is some really unique printing being done by this talented group of artisans.

Have a look at some of these very modern patterns created by the artisans:

How could I resist? Of course I didn’t!

Working with Tina from Turtle Hand, I am designing a unique quilt using just Turtle Hand fabrics. Here are my starting pieces on the design wall. Hint: flying geese will be making an appearance in this quilt.  We are planning on having this quilt on show at Houston in October this year.  If you are attending the Houston Quilt Festival come along to the Turtle Hand booth and see the finished quilt.

As the design progresses, I will post on my Instagram and Facebook. I have not yet named this design, maybe you have some ideas. Let me know.

In my enthusiasm, I can see this fabric style working well with many of my other patterns.

  • Fish and Chips would be marvellous using blue backgrounds and bright colours for the fish.
  • Stained Glass would be beautiful with some art panels for some of the pieces and jewel batik prints for other pieces. Sash these with one of the gorgeous Malaysian marbles to set it all off.
  • Either of my bag patterns, Angle Tote Bag  or Paint Chip Tote Bag would work a treat.
  • How about a Turtle Hand Art Panel cut up for a Flower Power bed quilt!

I could go on and on…


Posted by Leslie Edwards

  1. Quilt name suggestions:

    Hissy Fit
    What’s good for the goose
    Take a gander
    South for the winter
    Wild goose chase
    On the wings of a


    1. Hi Adrian,
      Based on your suggestions and how the quilt has progressed, Leslie decided to name it “Off Course”. When you see a picture of the finished quilt you will understand why!


  2. I met these ladies today at quiltcon in Nashville TN….lovely, lovely women! Very happy, accomadating, a pleasure to spend my money at their booth! Beautiful fabrics! Vibrant and good quality! They will be one of my “Go too’s”!!! Thanks for an enjoyable day!!! Hope you enjoy our awesome town!!!


    1. Hi Nancy,
      So happy to hear you are loving the Turtle Hand fabric too.
      I find it beautiful to work with and the patterns are yummy.


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