I made two quilts last year with Sari fabric for the charitable organisation SariBari. They have provided good amount of old used Saris and I did end up scraps and cut-offs eventually.
There is a theme given to make quilts using recycled material and those Sari scraps would be perfect fit, I thought.
Now as you might know, these fabrics are quite fine and easy to be ripped. Making a big quilt had some space for wiggling fabric to fit everything together without cutting anything precisely and piecing precisely. But this time I had to make it into a 40cm by 60cm quilt which didn’t give much wiggly space.
What to do? I thought doing actual Kantha quilt making but all the scraps were bit too small for that purpose after watching some youtube videos of how they were doing.
First, I ripped them into narrower strips and folded like single binding tapes and then hand stitched with thick variegated thread. Now I had some thicker fabric but they were narrow…
I wasn’t still sure how I was going to put together and really not sure machine piecing was a good idea. It might just give me nightmare?
I needed much organic way to constract this quilt.
I layered a backing fabric, wadding, and background fabric and then topped with strips. Strips were not over lapping.
And then inserted shorter strips. They were quilted down with 12wt quilting thread through all the layers.
There was no way I was going to machine quilt this because of all those flipping edges not stitched down. So hand quilting was the way.
Also adding any extra lines didn’t appeal to me and I quilted one directionally with random distance. I quilted with same green and yellow 12wt thread.
I am a one stitch at a time hand quilter and not a even stitch maker.
However it looked a bit too plain to me and I added some more lines. But I was still trying to be more of minimalist.
It all trimmed and bound with deep green fabric.
It was a fun challenge for me but not sure if I made a good quilt…
Also I still have a tiny amount of scraps which won’t even make a quilt for a fairly but I know I can’t throw them away…
I really like the effect of the big-stitch quilting using different color threads. You have more yhan met the challenge!
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