This baby-sized project is a whole cloth quilt, meaning that there are no pieced elements-- just one piece of Kona Snow for the front, and Kona Coal for the back. I loved having a blank slate for a bunch of hand-stitching, and the time to just sit and stitch away! It's a perfect winter project.
My inspiration? Staring at full boxes of embroidery floss, arranged in perfect order, and just needing to do something to showcase the color possibilities offered. I wanted to experiment with a quilt where the stitching, not the fabric, would become the focus.
I sandwiched the two pieces together with some batting and machine-quilted a 5-inch grid. Then, I set about filling every other block with squares of hand-stitching in green, gold, aqua and blue tones.
It's patchwork without the actual patchwork! The hand-stitching provides both design and texture. I think it's the most deliciously textured quilt (or other item, for that matter) I've ever made.
I just want to squeeze it!
I think it's very simple and modern, but also intricate and interesting. Subtle. It was very refreshing to work on this quilt, free from prints, with a limited palette.
Because the stitching shows up on both sides, it's pretty much reversible, too.
It's bound with a gold print from Heirloom by Joel Dewberry. I like the contrast of the print against the solids, and how it coordinates with the stitching.
What to call this... post-modern quilting? Deconstructed patchwork? This quilt is a little philosophical. To me, it is a real fusion of modern and traditional quilting, and I hope to make more like it.