Pink Kawandi



This last couple of weeks, I've been away with my family, enjoying a Carnival cruise around the south pacific.  We had a lovely time away enjoying time on tropical islands and sea days filled up with ship activities. There is always a lot to do on a ship. 

I knew that I'd need something to sew when I had downtime, so brought a small bag of pink scraps to work on a Kawandi style project.

It's very portable style of project to work on while away from the sewing room. The night before we left, I prepared the backing piece and pressed the edges with a decent 3/4" seam. 

I took along my bag of scrap fabric, a needle and small spool of variegated Aurifil 12 wt thread # 4651, thread, scissors, marker and small ruler to ensure that my lines weren't going too far out whack. I also took a little packet of applique pins to keep my pieces in place when I rolled up the project before heading out to the next trivia challenge or show in the theatre.

I worked most of the project on the ship and finished it off last night. I think I might choose a different colour scrap tub and make some more. It's nice to have a slow-sewing project ready to work, without deadlines to worry about.

Have you tried making a kawandi style of project?

When I saw the beautiful Kawandi works by Linda over at Flourishing Palms, I was inspired to try this style myself. I'm so glad that I did.

The stitches may not be straight or perfect, but they were very enjoyable.

13 comments

  1. It looks lovely & a great idea to use up scraps.

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  2. I am sure you stitched some holiday memories in there too! Lovely. xx

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  3. How cheerful! You just turned under the edges of the scraps, it looks like, instead of appliquĆ©ing them before the overall stitching. Ingenious! It’s a beautiful piece.

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  4. It's very pretty and has lots of holiday memories sewn in along with all the memories that the scraps themselves bring. It looks like it would be a good size for a placemat.

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  5. i would like to have so much more information. size technique ETC

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  6. This is so beautiful! I have made one and it was a lot of fun. I just used scraps. I should definitely make another one, maybe with more planning of the fabrics.

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  7. This is really lovely Anorina! Is there a tutorial somewhere that I could look at, please? I can see how you are adding the pieces, but the edges have me curious. It's obviously not bound like a regular quilt. Cheers!

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  8. Very pretty. I still haven't tried it since you posted the first one you did. It is on my ever growing list lol.

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  9. Oh Anorina, I love this pink Kawandi. You've discovered that it's a great, portable project. Though I have to say I haven't traveled with one yet. Well, we haven't gone anywhere, but also I'm concerned about my fabric scraps being flat. When I'm at home, I have an iron at the ready. But I guess I could do most of the cutting and pressing ahead of time. Also, I've never used a ruler to keep my stitched rows equal distance apart. Our instructor said to use our pinky finger to "measure" the width, and not be concerned if stitches are a little off-kilter. That's what adds character and personality to a Kawandi. However, your work is meticulous, and it shows. Thanks for the shout-out. You make me happy, knowing I shared something that interested you... and you've done it so well! Keep enjoying Kawandi. Now you've made me want to make another one!

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  10. I really enjoyed seeing your Kawandi(s)! I have made one! After seeing Linda’s also, I was intrigued. I watched several videos then jumped right in. Mine isn’t as pretty as yours, I was using the RSC colors for November, dark neutrals. And I used bits and pieces of differing threads. Some embroidery floss, some perle cotton, in a variety of colors. It gave it nice texture. I tried using my pinky finger as a guide, mine is chunkier than 1/4 inch, so I may try a ruler and marking next time. Anyway, thanks for sharing yours! The all three are so pretty!

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  11. Wonderful love it šŸ„°

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