Last fall I took this picture outside the building where I work. I thought it would make up into a nice fall quilt, so earlier this year when I was having some other things printed from spoonflower, I had this picture printed too. I had a weirdly narrow strip of fabric left in my spoonflower width, so I cropped this down to fit that space. I hate wasting fabric when printing from them. It's printed on a shiny polyester, so in person it has nice reflectivity, which I think goes with the way the rain was reflecting in the picture.
I used a fairly wide variety of fabrics, including sari silk, plain silk, commercial polyester, and hand dyed/painted silk and polyester. That teal/green/yellow piece is actually a chopped up silk scarf I painted a long time ago. I also included strips from a cotton dupatta from a salwar kameez I have but don't wear anymore. The base is black cotton, but there's tons of gold embroidery in it, so strips of that are what I used in the strip sets, as a skinny inner border and as an outer border.
This is what it looked like after I assembled the top. It was challenging because since the piecing was so wonky it had a sort of sucked-in-waist look which was decidedly unsquare.
When I have abstract things that do this, I usually just hack them off square at the end, but of course with the clear embroidered border, I couldn't do that. I blocked very aggressively, and got it more or less in shape. There are still a few parts where the binding is uneven with regards to the embroidery pattern in the outer border, but that's life. It didn't help that I decided to use a dark purple silk for the binding, that of course was very shifty too. And then to top it off, the dark purple silk bled everywhere when I got it wet to block. Luckily it didn't back stain and I think I got it pretty well taken care of.
So there we have it! Another fall quilt! I enjoyed working on it and now I really have to get back to the things I'm *supposed* to be working on! I hope you're having pretty fall weather wherever you are!
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