my second quilt. hand pieced from vintage fabric and merchand & mills linen (purple & green/yellow). i dyed the vintage fabric pieces myself, two of which are vintage handkerchief fabric from france (mouchoirs de cholet), and the third is vintage austrian linen (schneeberg webe, pottendorfer spinnerei und felixdorfer weberei aktiengesellschaft). the dye was made from sequoia cones and a mix of pine cones. the quilting thread is vintage embroidery thread, also plant dyed by me (tagetes, onion, pine and sequoia cones).
two more tiny quilts have been added to the collection – one i made and forgot to share previously, and one i started in august and only finished now (in november). sometimes my open projects stay open for a long time until i feel the urge to finish them. but they are completed eventually.
both are hand pieced from scraps or second hand fabric, both have a flanell batting from an old bedsheet.
here’s the whole bunch of them. i suspect, the gang will keep growing…
a finished small quilt. i wanted to try a few things while working on a slightly larger quilted piece to see how a bigger pieces behaves. i needed to change my quilting technique a bit compared to the tiny quilts, and also when sandwiching the layers together, getting everything flat and even is a bigger challenge. but overall i was surprised how the quilting itself didn’t take as long as i had imagined. only working on apiece this size on my lap while it’s over 30 degrees celsius maybe wasn’t the best idea ever. 😀
materials used are vintage cotton bed linens for top, backing and binding. the batting is cotton and the whole piece is hand stitched with vintage embroidery thread hand dyed with madder.
i’ve been intrigued by quilting for quite a while. mostly it was the technique of using even the tiniest scrap of fabric and work it into something new. but then there is also the tactile quality of quilts – i love running my fingers over the crinkly, wavy structures of fabric and thread, it’s just a very pleasant feeling. the design possibilities are endless. and then there’s also the element of heirloom quilts that have been passed on from generations to generations, keeping people warm and hugged, being mended and changed and reused over and over again. so many layers of meaning and making that have kept me curious.
recently i came across the idea of tiny quilts and took part in a community quilting exercise on creativity and newness organised by zak foster and amanda nadig, which was a great way to start playing with quilting on a small scale.
out of this came three tiny quilts in total. i also revisited an old project of mine from two or three years ago where i mended/reconstructed an old pillowcase of mine into something that i would now also consider a tiny quilt.
all of these are completely stitched by hand – both the piecing and the quilting. they are playful little projects for one or two afternoons and i really enjoy making them. somehow it’s helpful to make things that don’t need to be useful and only exist because i enjoy the process of making them. i’ll probably do a few more every now and then, in between larger projects or whenever i need some headspace.
materials are mostly antique/vintage/second hand, apart from very few scraps that are store bought.