Rosewood Quilt

It all started with this little boro panel …. it needed finishing, and it needed to be used ….. and I didn’t have the emotional energy at the time to make it up into a full-size quilt like Eve’s Garden …. but it did want to be a quilt.

boro quilt panel

And so, a half-way house …. a little boro panel at the heart of a more conventionally pieced and stitched quilt.

rosewood quilt

I love the ‘starburst’ effect the triangles have created around that little panel of heavily sashiko-stitched boro …. I think it focuses attention on it perfectly, so I’m glad I chose that pattern rather than a simpler one ….

rosewood quilt

The piecing is a variation on the Balkan Puzzle pattern (there’s a tutorial here) …. using only reclaimed or vintage fabric …. and fairly densely machine-quilted using a variation of the sashiko ‘lightning spiral’ pattern on each block.

rosewood quilt

Here’s the back …. which also shows you a little bit of my moment of binding insanity …. I used the foldover method, as I didn’t want to get too fussy with it …. and then found myself getting a bit carried away with the stitching around the edge, continuing and varying the the pattern from the centre …

rosewood quilt - binding

(but I think the end result was worth every second of the to-ing and fro-ing with the machine) …. and I think that giving the quilt that gorgeous green thread – out of my treasured and depleting stash of vintage cotton threads – was the *best* idea.

rosewood quilt

I love this quilt …. it’s very calming to be around and has such a nice comforting weight to it – due to the mix of fabrics, I think – that chocolately corduroy is delicious, and I love the softness of the heavy green upholstery fabric – the overblown roses in it pick up the little pinks in the vintage sheeting I used. It seems just right for an autumn snuggle, now that the weather is closing in.

I hope I can find a home for it soon …. it needs to be used and loved.

It’s waiting in my Etsy shop ….

One response to “Rosewood Quilt

  1. This is just BEAUTIFUL!! I’ve never seen anything like that before – the spiral is just gorgeous! And the pinks and browns are lovely!! I am officially jealous!