I Can’t Help Myself

One day, (before finishing the churn dash quilt or doing that darn quilt photography) I looked at a picture on my photo board. It was a pretty quilt with large swatches of fabrics, and I had written–“be more adventurous in my quilting.” I just liked that idea of using big pieces of fabric.

And…I had an ulterior motive. I needed a new kantha blanket to work on in the evenings!

So I chose some fabrics that I loved, and I started putting this quilt together. Surprise, it only took me one day to piece these big pieces of fabric together.

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I made a quilt sandwich, using Dharma Trading Company’s “harem cloth” which was a cotton gauze, and muslin for the backing.

I had bought a skein of hand dyed silk at the weaver’s convention, a similar size to #8 perle cotton. I marked lines about 6″ apart on the quilt, and kantha stitched those lines to stabilize the quilt. I don’t know if you can see it, but I decided to add two lines of perle cotton in a turquoise just for something different to do.

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Of course, I have other embroidery to get back to. But when I don’t want to think any more, a kantha blanket is the perfect project to work on!

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6 thoughts on “I Can’t Help Myself

  1. You inspire me to try this. I have wanted to do this type of hand stitching and also use fabrics I bought cause I loved them but had no idea what to make with them. This looks so appealing! Thanks for sharing all of your work which I greatly admire. Helen

    • Thanks Helen! The harem cloth that I mentioned is no longer available at Dharma. Most cotton gauze is “wrinkled.” But I have done the same thing with a regular thin batting and it makes a wonderful blanket too.

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