We are the "Romancing Eastern North Carolina Shop Hop", so I used hearts and dogwood (state flower) images in my design. Here is the drawing that I sent to them:
Off it went to somewhere in Indonesia, where the tjap (pronounced CHOP) was created.
For color, I was inspired by hybrid roses that I had seen in the Wilson, NC Rose Garden. They looked something like this.
So, we sent off color swatches for ideas.
They sent back a ton of samples, some from our colors and some completely different. We chose the orange/pink version as our official shop hop batik.
Here is the quilt I designed for my shop using the batik:
And here's my new pattern:
The process took months and months, but it was worth it! We also ordered two of the other colorways presented to us and were very happy with them.