Archive for May, 2010

This afternoon the wind came howling through town, making it impossible to go outside. Which was okay, because with three weeks until our Calico Quilt Guild Show, I had some work to get done. Three of my four pieces are ready – the last, the pollinator quilt, is ready to be quilted.

Pollinator Quilt Pieced but not Quilted

Pollinator Quilt pieced but not quilted, hanging on my design wall.

I’ve spent the last few weeks mulling over patterns. This afternoon, with the wind screaming, I settled down on my couch with the Quilter’s Stitch Bible, and on the first few pages found the perfect answer. For the flower panels, to accent the drawing and embroidery, I decided to use Kantha quilting. It originated it Bangladesh where it was often stitched on Sari fabric. The background area of a design is filled with stitching, beginning with echo lines working outward to fill the entire space. A bit like this:

Echo quilting on the pollinator quilt

Echo quilting accenting the flower.

For the inbetween blocks of solid color, I chose a common Sashiko Quilting pattern, interlocking circles forming what looks like petals of leaves. I think the repeating geometric pattern crossing the lines of the blocks will help pull the whole quilt together. I think I just might get it down before the show if my fingers hold out (and the wind continues to blow).

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