Sunday, December 19, 2021

Roses in December: Kawandi

I've been working with my collection of rose prints this month. I made several tops and now have some scraps to use.  One of the things I'm making with scraps is a Kawandi style of quilt. 

I started with mostly pastel scraps in all shapes and sizes. 

I'm also using a damask tablecloth I picked up a long time ago from the thrift store for 45 cents marked down from 90 cents.  The price tag was still stapled to it. This tablecloth forms the foundation of the quilt and will also end up as the backing.  It's about 50 x 68. 

I have this big print of roses I will put into the center of the Kawandi. 

And I have some other small pieces of that same print that will go around in some places of the Kawandi. I am not using batting so it will be a coverlet and not a quilt. 


I'm not using a hoop because I would have to move it all the time as I work around the Kawandi. I'm using a long sashiko needle and perle #12 in white for the stitching. I don't think I have enough of that thread so may switch to another color as I move along. 

Two of the sides of the tablecloth had a rolled hem so I just butted the fabric up against the hem rather than cut it off. I am considering adding crocheted lace to the top and bottom edges that have that rolled hem but we shall see how I feel about that later on. 

As far as the fabric patches...I'm not really doing any planning as to what fabrics go where. I'm kind of just grabbing and stitching -- a cottage garden of roses. 

I have pinned the big print piece I planned for the center to the tablecloth so I know how far in to build my patchwork.  So far I am really enjoying the process. I think this will make a lovely lap quilt. 




 

23 comments:

The Cozy Quilter said...

Great way to use your leftover rose fabrics. This is a great slow stitching project

Julierose said...

What a super idea for the backing on this and that way it won't be so heavy!! Clever you;))); That big pastel roses print is so charming--this will be a lovely piece--looking forward to seeing the finish...hugs, Julierose

CathieJ said...

I love all of those pretty rose fabrics. You have quite a variety. What a steal for that tablecloth and what a unique way to use it. Enjoy your stitching.

Juliana said...

I have a question. I went to the website you linked about this kind of quilt, and I read the intro page. I have never heard of a Kawandi quilt, and I've been reading quilt blogs and books for a very long time. I see that this is an applique form, but are you turning under your edges? It looks like from your photos of some finished sections, that you are, but I just want to be sure. Your quilt is going to be so beautiful with all the different fabrics. I'm so glad you are sharing this. I bet I'm not the only quilt lover who is seeing the Kawandi quilt for the first time.

The Joyful Quilter said...

While I still haven't tried this technique, I think you are brave to tackle such a large piece. Glad to hear that you are enjoying the process, Cathy.

gayle said...

Wow! What a fantastic project! (I've been wanting to play with this technique, but I think I'll start with something a little less ambitious. Like a coaster...)

Quilting Babcia said...

What a beautiful idea for using many of your rose scraps. Without the batting it would also be a beautiful table cover.

Frédérique said...

Pretty rose fabrics! This project is beautiful.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love that as a way to use your rose scraps! Kawandi is a technique I'm really curious about - thanks for the links!

Angela said...

Such gorgeous scraps! The quilt will be fabulous!

Janie said...

I agree with Angela, your quilt will be 'gorgeous.'
And Perle #12 is a good weight for quilting.

Karrin Hurd said...

Beautiful quilt! Hope you have a great Christmas!

tubakk said...

Just beautiful. Kawandi is something I have to try. I've been reading about it for some months now. When I'm home again I will find some beautiful fabrics to sew with.

Linda said...

Kawandi quilts are a new idea to me. What a great idea, just right for your rose scraps. I enjoyed following your informative links. Thank you for sharing.

Linda Swanekamp said...

I love what you are doing. I looked at kawandi quilts when Sujata Shah was doing online classes. My problem is my hand sewing is pathetic and slow. I don't know if I would finish something that would even be useful. I love your fabric choices.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Such a super idea! I love all your fabric choices for this. I haven't come across anyone making a big kawandi like you, it's going to look delightful! Off now to check out your links.

Shasta Matova said...

Great colors and fabric choices for this kawandi quilt. I want to make one of those too.

Nann said...

Such a riot of roses! And thank you, thank you for the info about Kawandi. I am particularly taken by the display on Margaret Fabrizio's site.

Quiltdivajulie said...

This is going to be so pretty and such a special piece. I made a couple of small Kwandi - I can't imagine one that is as large as yours. The texture on damask will be fabulous (one of my small ones was) and the roses . . . happy stitching and Merry Christmas!

Marianne said...

This looks like a great project! Thanks for including the links - they're really interesting. Will have to keep this in mind for a future hand project.

QuiltGranma said...

This will be so beaaautiful!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

That is a cool way to work with them - and it will be so PRETTY!!!

Sandy Panagos said...

I have never seen this method before. I love it! Of course it's now on my list of things to do. Thanks.