Friday, 28 October 2022

Quilt Symposium - Kawandi Class

My Kawandi is finished!

I took a one day Kawandi class with Lorena Uriarte at Quilt Symposium 2022.  We learnt to make Kawandi and here is mine.  



Kawandi are meant to be scrappy, but I used a charm pack of Koi Pond by Ruby Star Society.  I knew the colours would all work together and I'm pleased with how it turned out.  




But the process used up the fabric more quickly than I anticipated, so I ran out of Koi Pond fabrics before it was finished.  I had a Ruby Star Society panel in my stash, so I bravely cut in to it and put these lovely ladies in the centre.  




Lorena recommended Aurifil 12wt for Kawandi and I had a few spools in my stash to choose from. I chose a variegated one and I'm very happy with the outcome. 






Here's the back - I like it as much as the front.  The night before the class I quickly grabbed a fat quarter for my backing and it's worked out really well.  This is an Anna Maria Horner print, again from my stash.  




So, I've made a Kawandi piece.  I struggled a bit with sewing without a hoop, and without line markings, so I succumbed and started using masking tape to keep my lines parallel.  However, my masking tape was only 1/4", so my lines are quite close together and the whole piece took longer than I expected.  But I'm pleased with it and I learnt a new skill.  

I'll be taking it to Capital Quilters tomorrow for our Symposium Show and Tell.  



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8 comments:

Gretchen Weaver said...

Your Kawandi project looks lovely, I need to try it sometime but it might be challenging for me. I love the texture of the stitching, very different from regular hand quilting. Happy stitching!

Annmarie said...

Your post on Bloglovin caught my eye. I've never heard of Kawandi, but I'm definitely going to read up on it. Your piece is incredible! Sew lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I stitched a sunglass case a while back using this stitching style with Tula's fabric. I must say I loved how the finished quilted piece felt. I would like to make a pair of placemats. And of course, your fabric choice is perfect and your stitches immaculate, Wendy. Thanks for sharing this!

Chay said...

What an interesting process! I had never heard of Kawandi quilts before. Yours turned out great! And I love the back!

Michelle said...

It’s a beautiful piece, Wendy! I love the colors and the large stitches. I would struggle with straight lines too. I always hand-quilt without a hoop. I could never get the hang of using the hoop.

FlourishingPalms said...

How wonderful that you've learned Kawandi! I'm totally hooked on it with 12 small pieces made in the past two years. I'm smiling at you too because - of course you'd need to stitch straight lines! :-) In fact, those Siddi women make theirs without marking, and the charm is in their off-kilter stitching. Hopefully you learned that you can use your pinky finger to "measure" the distance between stitching rows. In any case, your piece turned out gorgeous. I hope you'll give it another go, with free-wheeling stitches.

Maggie said...

Hi Wendy, thanks for sharing this interesting new piece
What type/size needle did you use with the 12wt aurifil thread?

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

Hi Maggie - I use John James achenille needle, number 24. The same as I use for hand quilting.