Green Kawandi

My little green kawandi style project is complete. With Aussie television shows restarting this week after the Christmas holiday break, I've had lots to sit and stitch along with.

It was made with scraps out of my green fabric scrap basket and two different green Aurifil 12 wt cotton threads (2845 and 1147). I seem to have at least a dozen different shades of pink in my Aurifil 12wt stash, but only these two greens.

After sharing my pink kawandi last week, I've had a number of people ask me about my process in making these little quilt projects. I'm certainly not an expert and I'm really not making my quilts as the siddhi people would traditionally make them. This is just my take on the process after watching what I could find on YouTube and lots of pictures on Pinterest and Instagram.

I've taken a few pictures along the way while making this green quilt, which will hopefully help someone wanting to have a go at making their own. 

I started out by pulling out my green scrap tub. I had a bigger piece which I would use for the backing so after pressing it and trimming it so that it was rectangle-ish, I pressed the raw edges giving myself a nice wide seam allowance. I have some very fine polyester wadding/fleece which I cut to size and tucked into the seam allowance. Again, not the traditional way of making a Kawandi, but I like the extra loft (even if only slight).


Next up, I chose my first fabric to add to the top. Folded a seam along the raw edge on two sides, placed it on the corner of my rectangle so that the backing and top seams were aligned, pinned and then began stitching from that corner. 

I marked out my stitching lines at 1/4" (again, not the traditional way) but I like to have a nice straight line to start with. The process is then quite simple, just folding and adding more pieces when arriving at a raw edge. The idea is to have all of the raw edges tucked under while adding more fabrics.


When I've stitched all the way around, I continue back around (kind of like a spiral), adding more fabrics when needed or when the mood struck me.

I hope this made sense and that anyone who was hesitant to start stitching up their own project, will jump right in and sew, sew, sew. 

The stitches don't have to be perfect or uniform to achieve great texture.

I'm thinking with February being the month of "love", I'm going to dig into my red scrap tub next and see where it takes me :)


  1. Hello! I just discovered your blog. Love your Kawandi (the pink one too), very pretty. I'm tempted to try, it looks like sew much fun.

  2. Very pretty! I haven't tried Kawandi but certainly being tempted. Happy stitching!

  3. Your green kawandi and the pink one are both gorgeous. I love cultural quilts, and yours are so perfect.

  4. Another awesome Kawandi. Thanks for sharing your method. Makes it even more inspring.


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