Monday, September 25, 2023

Wheel Quilt completed

I completed my Wheels quilt.  It's hard to see because it is hanging in my hall and the lighting is very poor.  But, it looks terrific.  The wheels are a little wonky with less than perfect circles and uncentered centers.  But, I wanted it to look kind of folksy.

This is before the quilt was quilted but the colors are truer than the previous picture

I big stitched around the pieces in the wheel.  And at the edge you can see the shadow of the turned under portion of the cheddar fabric.  I didn't like the look. . . 

So, I decided to do red cross stitches all the way around the each circle to cover it up.

I think it turned out really cute and adds another layer of interest to the quilt.  I wanted a quilt to hang in this specific spot last year and all I got done was the top.  But, it's done in time for this year's display and I will enjoy it all fall.

I was aware of all the Kawandi creations made in the last few years.  I decided to research it so I could make a small one.  I first looked for a "How To" video and found this one; Dees Saturday Sampler
It's a little slow at first but very thorough so I was glad I watched the whole hour.

I also watched the Joe Cunningham (Joe the Quilter) video about Margaret Fabrizio and her Kawandi journey.  She's quite eccentric which makes this video very fun to watch.  Here 

A Kawandi is quilted from the outside in, placing the scrap of fabric down as you need to fill in a space.   

I finished this little quilt (17" X 20") including phulas, the flowers on each corner.  

It was a fun to learn this new technique created by the Siddi people of India.  I'm not sure I would want to make a full size quilt using this method but I've got a big bag of scraps so anything is possible.

The garden is slowing down which means the canning is also.  The apples are finally ripe and will be harvested soon.  We have a Golden Delicious tree and a Granny Smith tree.  The Golden was drastically pruned back last year to build a treehouse so the apple harvest will be minimal.  The Granny Smith tree is a dwarf so it hasn't produced an overabundance either.  It's just right for my DH and I.

Enjoy your Autumn wherever you live,



cityquilter grace said...

Very nice wheel quilt...i like the red stitchery it jazzy look!

Denice Barker said...

Oh, your cheddar circles are so fun! The cross stitch outline certainly solved the issue of shadow. I will watch those kawandi videos because I have had that technique in my brain for awhile, too. Something small for the experience.

Quilting Babcia said...

Your idea of doing the cross stitch around each wheel is stroke of genius! I love the way the quilt glows where you have hung it. I've seen so many kawandi quilts this past year. They look like fun to make but I haven't caved yet.

Linda said...

Your wheel quilt is so pretty! Love the cross stitching - very smart idea. It looks perfect for your space. I'd love to plant some fruit trees here, but we are thinking we might move in the next couple years, so I hate to invest in them and leave. I've done that too many times in the past. Your Kawandi is beautiful! I'm going to bookmark the video you linked - thanks!

Janie said...

Congratulations on your Wheel Quilt finish, I love the stitches!
And your Kawandi project is a beauty, thanks for the tips about the how to videos.
Your pumpkin and grapes make me smile, I am enjoying Autumn, thankyou!

Mystic Quilter said...

Such a good idea to cross stitch around the Wheels, very effective indeed. I began a Kawandi quite some time ago, haven't worked on it for ages, love the rich colour of your one pictured here.

Nancy said...

Oh, what a beauty your wheels quilt is! It is folksy and endearing and just perfect. Cross stitching around the circles was a great way to cover the shadow of the cheddar fabric. I'm so glad you finished it in time to enjoy it on the wall this year.
Kawandi seems like a great way to use the odds and ends of scraps a quilter often has laying around. Yours in charming.

Kaja said...

What a beautiful finish. Your desire to hide the shadow has resulted in something really special - I absolutely love the red stitching.

Barb said...

I love your wheel quilt! It is so fun and the embroider is a wonderful touch.
Great Kawandi quilt too.
Oh what a nice pumpkin and pretty orange color.

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