close up and personal…


deb commented on the red (velvet) with the pink?/red? squares, so here is a close up… the velvet (enclosed in a package from jude) seemed a perfect compliment to an old ratty, bug eaten kimono i picked up at a flea market…for cheap or for free…the colors just blend and compliment each other so well, it might be my favorite block on the quilt. The fact that the kimono is falling apart makes it even more beautiful ( to my eyes!!)

matching texture/design

without really trying, i mixed  patterns that (coincidentally?) communicated with the next piece…. trying for some sort of overall plan that went together very casually…lines and squares and using pieces that came from the scrap box in their original shape….

this quilt was a stash buster of material that was so “special” that  i didn’t want to use it, so i forced myself to use that exclusively.

the "USE IT" quilt.


the first block in this quilt, which started out totally as an experiment was the white in the middle/upper left side… i started by blocking out a nine patch and stitching it with red sashiko thread … then i cut up some cloth from a tenugui towel to make another nine patch…..then to frame it, i wove in some strips of very thin, fragile indigo kimono liner …the rest of the quilt just grew out of that….some of the stitching was done before the final quilting  so that i could work with smaller pieces…

the quilt looks so much more at home

hanging on the trees

blessed by the snow!!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Annie Crow
    Feb 16, 2011 @ 00:42:49

    Oooh, I want to hear more about the different pieces, especially the green and blue/black(?) one – is that woven cloth or embroidered, can’t tell from the photo.

    Your pieces are restful to look at.


    • whereishenow
      Feb 17, 2011 @ 01:03:26

      thank you Annie… nice to have you here!!

      the green and blue squares i have embroidered on the lines with sashiko thread……. …. this is probably some old kasuri japanese material…


  2. WAcousin
    Feb 17, 2011 @ 00:01:38

    I think this is your best work yet, dear cousin! And, I agree, it looks great in the snow, but we who dabble in textiles love to study the details. Have you named it yet?


    • whereishenow
      Feb 17, 2011 @ 01:00:54

      no official name yet… but it’s coming…..and thank you… your opinion means a lot to me….. i am currently stitching on a “healing quilt” which i hope to finish soon……


  3. CCK
    Feb 19, 2011 @ 01:26:03

    Oh my, you used a tenugui cloth towel….I’m trying to bring myself to cut into them and use them…good for you paving the way..


    • whereishenow
      Feb 19, 2011 @ 01:57:04

      thanks for visiting CCK….. yes… this was a gift from a friend who is near a tenugui manufacturing place and possibly museum… and while i didn’t want to cut it… i forced myself to because that was the purpose of this quilt… to force myself to use the stuff i didn’t want to use…. I have used towels in other projects…. whole towels to repair quilt backs and some special designs for my moon quilt…


  4. debbie
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 14:09:09

    this one is wonderful. i love the flowers, especially. i can’t wait for the name….i’m expecting something epic.


  5. velma
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 11:50:35

    this is so fine, i love the liveliness and how you used fabric on hand. really, really fine.


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