I decided to switch channels and work with some treasured kimono silks from my vintage collection. The silk was pure delight to work with. I was amazed and enjoyed feeling the soft and luscious fabric respond to my hands. The diamond-shaped embroidery in the center is unique. It was challenging to come up with a suitable layout to compliment it. I began by trying out other fabrics with similar muted tones and various colors and values. I wanted to develop the palette to relate to the 50’s era.
Two accent pieces are appliquéd to corners to compliment the diamond. Now additional fabrics are chosen for the surrounding border strips.
Hand piecing is new for me. I was delighted with the way the silks melded together as if they were meeting old friends.
The silks are pieced to a thin layer of muslin. This kept the pieces from slipping around and easier to line up. My goal was to allow the fabrics to respond rather than control them. I was not concerned with alignment or the actual layout. Amazingly though, the fabrics nestled together quite nicely. The piecing went much faster than I expected. It was a cold yet sunny winter day; with the fireplace on and my work in my lap, this stitching experience was glorious!
Next, more fabrics need to be added to the layout. This was challenging because I didn’t have a lot of choices. After about two hours of thinking and trying fabrics I settled upon this combination.
At this point the stitched fabrics needed to be pressed.
I cut out the strips to use and then headed back to my cozy spot by the sunny window to proceed with hand stitching.
And so the process continued………
on…. and into the evening.
The following day, I decided that the design was complete and it was time to prepare the quilt sandwich. The backing fabric is a nice soft cotton solid tan. The batting is Warm and Natural. I use basting spray to hold the layers together.
I decided to add an arc to repeat the appliquéd pieces and this kicked off the quilting. I wanted to use colors of thread that looked faded and relate to the vintage theme so I searched my thread collection I came across some colors that were perfect. Hand dyed cotton that is almost black with variations of mauve and rose. Really cool colors!
The quilting is evolving and I am really happy with this so far.
More on this during the week.