Archive for September, 2021

My Kawandi Journey

September 30, 2021
Kawandi Beginning August 7, 2021

Kawandi is the Siddi word for quilt.

I started with all blue fabrics and the second piece that has jumped out at me is this leaf fabric with the gray background. I am cutting with a scissors. I am using embroidery floss instead of thread. I just folded the backing fabric over as a triangle and cut. I did not measure 36 inches for example. I just went with what I have. I used a darker thread because I want to see my stitches.

I just realized the first needle I selected has a little rust on it. That makes me laugh. Use what is there I say.

I want to add my mother-in-law Susan’s skirt fabric. It is leaves and in green tones. I am not certain where it is but before I round to the fourth side I hope to have it.

I have been watching Margaret Fabrizio’s videos on YouTube. I admire her so much.

After selecting the background fabric I gave it a good wash. I started with a pull of fabrics that have an earthy feel to them.

I turned the backing fabric in about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. I grabbed a fabric and turned that under and then started quilting the two fabrics (the back and the first scrap for the front) together using a running stitch. The second fabric has a fold for the edge and a fold for the right side. These fabrics are not sewn together. They are held to the back with the quilting stitch.

I continued with this method all the way around the quilt. The size is approximately 36”.

I follow Margaret Fabrizio on IG and started watching her videos on YouTube.
She learned of the Siddi African people that live in a remote area of India and went to find them and sit with the women while they made their quilts.
They work from the outside in pulling from a scrap bag of remnants and pieces of clothing with the soft texture of having been worn. The pieces are not stitched together but are set down on the fabric with a fold on 3 edges and a running stitch is worked across the piece which holds the fabric down. Occasionally a decorative square can be placed to add beauty to the piece. The stitches continue and pieces are added until the center of the piece is reached.

The quilt is completed with the addition of a square of fabric folded into a triangle and added to the 4 corners of the Kawandi.

I had to force myself not to straighten the grid on the above gingham type fabric. I sewed the piece down and realized I can cut haphazardly so there is no straight of grain on the edge. The solid blue is not 100% cotton. It is thicker than what I normally have in my projects.

Some of the scraps I will use
I have an entire bin of thrifted floss.

I decided to use different colors of floss. I am using 3 of the 6 strands.

What the back side looks like with 1st row of stitches.
1st row completed
At this point I pieced scrap batting and laid it into the project butting it up to the first row of stitches.

I am trying a little basting on a scrap to hold the edges down. This is not a necessary step. I ended up not doing it very often.

If you go to YouTube and search “ Kawandi tutorial “ there is a good one by Kieran. I found out about this style of quilt from Margaret Fabrizio and have watched her videos multiple times of her travels to India and her two trips to meet with the Siddi women quilters.

The second rotation of stitching around the Kawandi I started bringing in additional scraps.

Deciding what next fabrics to add.

The Siddi women would reach into a bag of scrap fabrics and use what they would grab.

Poke and stab – adjust if needed – then pull thread through and repeat.
2nd rotation of stitches completed and I was able to catch the batting inside each stitch.

I did do a very loose basting stitch to hold the batting to the backing.

Stitch rows need to be less than a finger width apart because the patches are not sewn together they are stitched down in the running stitch. You could take a chopstick and poke it under the side of a new fabric added.

That fabric with the stars and hearts was my son’s toddler shirt 19 years ago. This is another important aspect of a Kawandi. It is made with trash fabric and old clothes which gives the Kawandi a soft texture.

I added a floral fabric
And another floral
And then a bird

We think this is a crane.

I then had a lightbulb moment!

I have this old shirt that I just have not been able to throw away. I will not be wearing crop tops ever again in my life.

I ended up cutting a larger piece that became a center panel and then cut 4 spirals in the design of the shirt. The fabric is thin so I placed a black fabric behind it. If the fabric wears out you would see the black and not the batting. It feels really good though! Note: I did not find Susan’s shirt and skirt so this will do.

Thrifted needle pack allowed me to try different needles and have multiple needles going at the same time.
I love sunflowers and this fabric coordinated well with the center panel.

To Be Continued…


Summers End

September 24, 2021

While walking in the neighborhood I saw a lot of homes putting in new front sidewalks and patios.

I have always had a fancy for Adirondack chairs.

Neighborhood Autumn decor is arriving.

Summer is hanging on.


Went for a walk

September 23, 2021
Dandelion Duet