HQAL February 5

Kawandi II

Additional blog posts on my 2nd blog.


I will be stitching on my 2nd Kawandi. You can read about my first Kawandi in 5 posts I did from August to October.

Kawandi is the Siddi word for quilt. The Siddi people are African people that live in India.

I started the Kawandi by choosing a background fabric and putting together a bag of scraps from my 1st Kawandi and then other fabrics in the color scheme I am working with.

To begin with there is no batting until after a first round of fabrics is stitched down along the edge of the entire back fabric.

I grabbed my first fabric and turned over one edge and then stitched along that edge sewing it down. I am using 3 ply of embroidery floss.

The concept with Kawandi is to grab a scrap and use it. I did that more with my first one. This one I hope to be more pictorial. It represents the beauty I appreciated and enjoyed this past year.

I fold under two sides of the fabric in order to stitch down a corner.

Before starting the second round of stitches the batting is added. The Siddi use old clothing or a blanket or older quilt. I basted the batting down to hold it to the back.

I like the look of at least 3 new fabrics added per side. The second row I turn over one side and stitch the fabric down catching the edge of the batting under the stitches. I then grab a second fabric and turn under two edges and place that over the edge of the piece I just stitched down.

Starting the third rotation around the Kawandi

I am using different colors of embroidery floss. I am stopping here for today. Thank you for joining me.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Margaret, Deb, Nanette, Sharon, Karrin, Daisy and Theresa


5 Responses to “HQAL February 5”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Welcome Theresa – I have never heard of this quilting technique. It is going to be both educational and fun to follow you as this quit develops. It looks awesome already

    • quiltedthrifted Says:

      I found out about it this past year. I wish I had known about it when there was an expo in the US a few years ago. You can go to YouTube and search Kawandi or check out Margaret Fabrizio on her website or on IG. I enjoy seeing the postcard size some quilters are making.

  2. kathyreeves Says:

    First of all, welcome aboard! This quilt looks like a big adventure! I will look forward to watching this grow, Theresa.

  3. Deb Says:

    I enjoyed watching your other blocks coming together, so I know I will enjoy seeing this one… then watching each part until the finished quilt.

  4. Texas Quilter Says:

    Welcome to HQAL. I too have never heard about this technique – it will be interesting to follow you on your journey! Hugs

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