Thursday, May 5, 2011

Organic Quilting


I like the freedom in traditions. In quilting, that means cutting with scissors and no marking the patterns while hand quilting which translates into fluidity in quilts. 
Of course, I have to be open to imperfections and raw look that it brings.. 
I like to call it "Organic Quilting" 
Quilting with minimum tools which may require hard work but the fruits are as sweet as the ones that grow in the backyard gardens.
I have been hand quilting one of my favorite quilts for past month or more. 
I wrote about it in the previous post. 
As structured as the blocks are, the quilt portrays freedom. I had a vision for the borders heavily quilted with Perle cotton threads like my Confetti quilt but it was not possible this time around. So, I settled with the next best thing I could possibly do for this quilt. 
I just took my thread and needle and started hand quilting by eye balling the pattern. 

After my first attempt, I knew what I did not want.
 


And this is what I settled for.


  It grew.....


and grew into wild ivy sprawling around an old broken barn or a log cabin.
 

I wish there was better way of taking good pictures of these borders.

I am pretty happy with my Organic Quilt Garden!

Have a happy day!
 

29 comments:

  1. Love it! Can't wait to see it in person.

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  2. Sujata, I loved this quilt when you first posted it, and I love it even more now! Those fabrics look fantastic together, and your hand quilting is wonderful! I'm not sure if I have that much patience...

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  3. Love it! what a great approach to quilting.
    I can't wait to see this in person too!
    the colors in this quilt are so luscious.

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  4. Wonderful handquilting and wonderful leaves. Do you mark them ?

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  5. Those quilted leaves are delicious.
    Deborah

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  6. It's wonderful! All of your time and contemplation are really making this an even more special piece. It makes me think that we should really make fewer quilts and spend more time with each one. Thank you!

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  7. Your quilting designs look wonderful. I love this approach to quiltmaking!

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  8. oh so pretty. at least i'm not the only one that quilts by hand.

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  9. It's so beautiful and finishes off your quilt perfectly!!! I'm so in love with this quilt. I think I say that about all your quilts, but I do!!

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  10. oh this looks wonderful, I wish I was as brave! I am just not there yet quilting a quilt without marking it first.
    this quilt is just so beautiful.
    thanks for sharing it.
    Kathie

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  11. It is absolutely delectable! I'm enjoying your thoughts on organic quilting and thinking about slowing down and savoring process more, too. "Slow quilting"? I'm for it!

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  12. The free-form ivy design you came up with perfectly compliments the geometry of the blocks. You are incredibly creative, Sujata!
    Have a wonderful Mother's day weekend :)

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  13. Lovely...you have a great 'eye' and perfect taste!

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  14. I love the design you came up with for quilting the borders. They are a perfect compliment to the piecing. So brave of you to just go with the flow and not sketch everything out. Just gorgeous!

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  15. It is oh, so, wonderful. I love it.
    Happy Mother's Day!

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  16. Love your term organic quilting.....I have been referring to my style of machine quilting as "organic" for years since I never mark things.

    Glad to see I'm not the only one with that way of describing a quilting style.

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  17. What a creative way to hand quilt! I like it that you've put your ideas into play with your quilting as well as your piecing which is challenging.

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  18. Your quilting looks very nice and I like the flowing feeling of it.

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  19. I love your approach to quilting, the border is looking wonderful. I think you have a great eye for shapes to be able to do that without marking.

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  20. Love your hand quilting. Can't believe you don't use a marker tool. My stitches would be all over the place without one.

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  21. You can definitely be happy with your Organic Quilt Garden, it looks just delightful. Handquilting is something I find so relaxing and rewarding.

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  22. Beautiful, I love the leaf pattern, you must be very patient to hand quilt all this!

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  23. I like your philosophy and your beautiful organic quilt. Not so many people hand quilt these days, but I think it's worth the effort.

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  24. Organic it is! You must have been able to visualize every leaf and the curl of the vine beneath. It works superbly.

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