Sunday, January 31, 2010

Two Vintage Kimono=One Birthday Quilt

I finished a quilt for my brother's birthday present.

I took apart two old kimono last summer. (See here). The cloth languished through the fall, until I took a good look at how the plums and blues complemented each other. I was struck by the weaverliness of both fabrics, how they achieved their subtle effect through simple squares of warp and weft. I cut them into blocks, thinking this would be quick and easy.

I got distracted by other things and ended up taking forever. The bold plaid presented a challenge, as there wasn't enough fabric to centre each block. I ended up just aligning the centre purple strip so that they all ran in the same direction. The backing is a length of ikat that I have been hauling around for a few years.

I chose to put a lighter blue square at the intersections of the sashing. I like how it lights up the whole quilt.

The whole thing was machine pieced and quilted. The only hand stitching was where I joined two pieces together, having run out of fabric for whole cloth squares. I would have loved to hand stitch the whole thing, but time was a'wasting. I promise I haven't gone over to the dark side, the next project will be by hand.

2 comments:

  1. Very nice. Oh and don't worry the dark side it's not that bad. It's OK to have a little of both. By the by, the Kimono fabric I have from you is the same that you offered for your birthday give away. If you could send me a pic of others that you think might compliment would be greatly appreciated.Sorry I so slow at responding.

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  2. Thank-you soooo much Heather! It is so beautiful and well-made- I love it!

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