Sunday, January 9, 2022

It's a Finish! Kawandi of Roses

Kawandi of Roses
50 x 68

It's a finish!

Yesterday the temperature finally made it above zero for awhile so I ventured outside for a photo shoot. I was not out for long. It was pretty windy. I set my camera on continuous shoot and caught the quilt at rest a few times before it was gone with the wind. 


I started this in December as a way to use up some rose scraps in a variety of sizes. I blogged a little about the scraps I was going to use as well as Kawandi. 

I just LOVED the process and the end result. 



I started from the outside edges and worked my way in to the middle.

I just grabbed a scrap and turned the edges under and used running stitches in white perle cotton #12 to sew the scrap patches down to the damask tablecloth foundation. 

I did plan for one scrap to be in the center but the rest, like I said, was grab and stitch. 

I did not use a hoop and I didn't worry if my stitching lines were straight. 

I did try to keep the stitching "lines" about a finger's width apart as I stitched round and round from the outside in to the middle. I also tried to keep stitches an even width but I found that more difficult to do without a hoop. But no worries. 

The damask tablecloth I used for the foundation had rolled hems on two edges but not on the other two sides. I just kept the rolled hem in place and butted my scrap patches up against them.   I did do a blanket stitch all around the edges. I was originally thinking I would crochet a trim all around but when all was said and done decided against it. 

The white perle cotton stitches kind of melted into the damask tablecloth backing and all in all this quilt has such a lovely drape and is so soft. 


I haven't decided yet if I'm going to use it as a lap quilt or a tablecloth. I've had it on my lap while I've been stitching and think it may remain a lap quilt. I love looking at my rose garden. 

I have more thrift store tablecloths and when the mix of scraps is right I will probably make another kawandi style quilt. 



 

37 comments:

cityquilter grace said...

just plain lovely....so pretty and feminine!

Yvonne said...

What an interesting technique, I'd never heard of it before. Your quilt is just stunning - I love it!

Sylvia@Treadlestitches said...

I love your cottage rose garden! Thanks for the link to the information about Kawandi. Such a neat way to use scraps and a recycled tablecloth. The technique is fascinating.

Libby in TN said...

I checked out the link to Kawandi -- so interesting.

Linda said...

I can’t believe you have completed your Kawandi quilt so quickly. It looks so pretty.

smithcindyk said...

Love it! Just gorgeous. I hadn’t thought of recycling a tablecloth. I’m adding this to my bucket list.

Julierose said...

This Kwandi piece turned out beautifully, Cathy--loving all those roses in the snow!!
I'll bet it has a great drape and feel to it...nice work hugs, Julierose

Barb said...

Just beautiful. I made one last year but it was much smaller. There is a lot of stitching in the construction and yours turned out lovely. I agree that it didn't need a crochet border, it's perfect the way it is.

Quilting Babcia said...

What a happy scrappy jumble of beauty! This is just fabulous!

Shasta Matova said...

This is so beautiful! Love the profusion of roses. Especially with the snow in the background. I also liked the idea of using continuous shooting to get a good photo of the quilt.

Rose Marie said...

So clever and a perfect quilt to see bigger pieces of fabrics.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Absolutely wonderful! And you finished it up so quickly compared to how long it took me with my mini size ones. I'm glad you will use it as a lap quilt - roses year round no matter the weather. Perfect. (did you share this with Sujata? Her online kawandi class was what inspired me to make mine. I think she would LOVE yours)

maggie fellow said...

beautiful and very interesting

Alison said...

This looks gorgeous! Congrats on the finish.

gayle said...

A year-round lapful of roses sounds pretty good to me!
It seems like you just barely started this - you may have broken the sound barrier getting this done so fast!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That turned out beautifully, Cathy! Your rose scraps worked perfectly for it. I'm really fascinated by the Kawandi style of stitching and would love to try it. Thanks for the links!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

It's beautiful Cathy! There's such a vintage vibe happening, and all your quilting is delightful.

Janie said...

Super finish of your K of Roses!
And super beautiful photo of roses in the snow!

Karrin Hurd said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish! Hope you have a great week!

Kim said...

Your Kawandi Roses quilt is beautiful. All the fabrics are so pretty and all that happy stitching is perfect. Love your beautiful quilt against the wintry wonderland backdrop. Such a lovely finish!

Nann said...

Your rose garden is set on "perpetual"bloom. What a beauty!

Deb E said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Especially love that you used a tablecloth for the backing. I have one that a good friend gave me many years ago (and she has since passed) that I want to put to good use with your ideas.
Thanks so much for sharing as I have many dozens of rose fabrics to incorporate, and love hand quilting, so that's what I'll do, as well.
What a beauty!

Ivani said...

Very interesting. Love The rose Garden quilt you made. So cool!!!

Linda Swanekamp said...

Love your garden of roses. I do not think I could handsew an entire quilt. Yours is wonderful.

Jill said...

Kawandi Roses is beautiful. Such a wide variety of rose fabrics. It was an organic look and since it was hand stitched with natural materials, it would drape just lovely. The photograph is a wonderful stark contrast.

Cathy said...

I imagine you’ll never tire of looking at your year-round garden of roses. What a beautiful quilt/cloth! It’s a cool method, clever design and drop-dead gorgeous fabrics!!

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Your quilt is stunning and looks amazing photographed in the winter setting. Happy quilting.

Beth in MN said...

Love your rose fabrics. Your quilt makes me think of Spring, especially with the below zero temps we currently have.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Wow!!! This is stunning!!! and its perfect against the snow!!

TerryKnott.blogspot.com said...

Again, an amazing finish! You took Kawandi to a whole other level! What a great way to showcase beautiful fabrics!

sue s said...

This is so beautiful! I like the Kawandi technique and, although I don't have rose fabrics, I do have a lot of florals, so maybe this will go in line as a project! I have some old tablecloths of my mother's too.

cspoonquilt said...

Forgive me for my comments about 'Browns" But this color scheme really speaks to me. It is so beautiful and hand stitching it like that was a great way to finish it off! What a great finish and start the new year!

Angela said...

Oh my gosh! So pretty!

Jenny said...

So pretty, no wonder you are thrilled with the result, all those gorgeous Rose's to admire.

MissPat said...

All of the Kawandi quilts I've seen are much smaller and use much smaller pieces. This is a wonderful adaptation and I'm impressed with how quickly you pulled it together.
Pat

Quilter Kathy said...

This is gorgeous! Such luscious texture and beautiful fabrics... a pretty fabric rose garden!

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