No surprise that Hoffman’s new Me+You brand and its line of Indah Solids & Batiks have set a high bar for hand-dyed quilting fabrics. The batik processes employed at our factory in Bali are second-to-none when it comes to making the world’s best hand-dyed solids and modern batiks. Me+You is designed for those who seek unsurpassed quality, exciting and fresh colors, and artistic textures for their modern and contemporary-style quilt projects.
Our process in Bali is thoughtful, conscientious and sustainable. We start with the highest-quality greige (aka gray) goods (100% cotton fabric) that is ready to be given life with color. We then hand-dye each piece of fabric with our color-rich formulas. To create our batiks, the artisans at our factory engrave a metal stamp for each design. Next, the batiker dips the stamp (aka “chop”) in hot wax and stamps the fabric to create the batik. The wax is then melted off in hot water. We recycle the leftover wax to be used again in another design.
Next, our fabric spends some time in the Balinese sunshine to bring out the richest colors. As the fabrics sunbathe, the rinse water with exhausted dyes and bits of wax is run through a modern water-filtration system. The water runs through a series of filters and cisterns. Once the water is clean and at a natural pH level (yes, we test it), the water can be released into the environment. This is Hoffman’s Planet Positive effort to keep our world healthy.
We are excited to continue the growth of our Me+You line of hand-dyed solids and batiks for quilters and home sewists. At Fall Quilt Market in Houston, we introduced a pair of Indah Pops (2-1/2-inch strips) and a trio of Indah Fats (fat-quarter bundles).
We’re also delighted at the opportunity to host an “issue giveaway” of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 12. We always look forward to each 100 Blocks issue and see what inspires quilters in their block-making! For your chance at the newest issue, leave a comment letting us know what inspires you about our Me+You line of Indah Solids & Batiks, and what you might make with the fabrics (or the precuts). We’ll pick a comment at random at noon PST on Friday and the poster gets the issue!