Sewing poetry

Poetry, well I was never a fan, until I met my husband. The current project was inspired by a poem of Christos Laskaris, (that translates as) “Simply a Surface”. I imagined handquilting the whole poem on the project, and I did.

This project was part of a group prompt (Pani me Pani – FB Group, with the guidance of Anna Kazakou), to create a work of patchwork inspired by poetry. The project began on February 2021 and it was finished a month later. Finally, after all the participants finished with their work, an exhibition was held to showcase all the wonderful projects together.The works of 21 women.

Quilt Process

The project was initiated by a workshop of Lucy Engels, the Triple Inset Circles, which was an amazing workshop, HIGHLY recommended.

This is a pieced block, no applique involved. So a single block was made during this workshop, and I added borders in order for the block to finish at 70 x 70 cm.

Quilting

The whole work was handquilted using the words of the poem, and my personal handwriting, and I also added little crosses for the center of the block. The final touches where made using machine quilting, homocentric circles around the project.

Quilt dimensions

This art quilt measures 70” x 70” cm.

Dates

Date started: February 201

Date ended: March 2021

Materials

A mix of solids was perfect for this design.

Backing: Just a leftover fabric.

Binding: White faced binding

Batting: 100% cotton

Handquilting is an intimate experience. It’s a conversation between the quilter and the quilt, a silent dialogue where every stitch carries intention and emotion. The process was slow and deliberate, but each stitch brought me closer to the heart of the quilt. As I quilted, I recited the poem that inspired this creation. Its verses became a part of the quilt’s essence, woven into the very fabric of its being. It’s a reminder that art and literature can coexist harmoniously, each enhancing the other’s beauty. 💙








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