Kawandi inspired quilts
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Kawandi inspired quilts



Kawandi is a type of quilting that uses hand sewing and is perfect for using up precious garments for memory wall hangings or art quilts.  

This type of quilting originates from the African Indian Siddi people of
Western India. (Kawandi simply means “quilt.”)This form of quilting is
very different from “traditional” quilting. There is no exact cutting of
fabric, precise piecing, or machine sewing. Making a Kawandi is
appealing because it requires no previous quilting experience and
because of the improvisational way scraps of fabric are layered onto
the backing. Fabric patches are hand sewn in place using a running
stitch and the Kawandi is worked from the outside to the center. It can
be thought of as “lap work” because it is portable and can be made
while watching TV or traveling.

Supply List for Kawandi Workshop

Size 12 Spagetti Thread from WonderFil (white is the traditional color, but you can use any color you wish). I have heard that some people use other size 12 threads or embroidery threads. University of Sewing has a wide selection of Spagetti threads available, as well as other supplies needed.

Regular sewing thread or quilting thread—any color.
Bohin Size 7 crewel embroidery needles or equivalent Fabric for top (scraps that can be cut or torn into squares or rectangles—no batiks or tightly woven materials).
I have found that sari silk is very hard to stitch through, so I would suggest you start with other materials.

Fabric for back (again, no batiks or other tightly woven materials)—cut a 22” square. (A busy print is good to start with.) Turn a 1/4” “hem” under on each side of this square. Iron this down before class.

Thin batting—cut to 21.5” square (or 1/2 inch smaller than your backing fabric) Fabric, scissors, Thimble Straight pins.
Approximately 2” Square of rubber shelf liner to help pull the needle through the fabric (if you have it).
I use silicone thimble fingertip grips. Univeristy of Sewing sells these.

Optional—MistyFuse (approximately 20” square or some small pieces), needle threader, Frixion pen, small ruler

Note to Saga members 


SAQA IN POD#1 members welcomed SAQA member Beth
Schnellenberger in December to speak about her Kawandi inspired quilts.
Attendees were so delighted with Beth and her process they requested a
workshop. Beth has agreed to conduct a workshop on Feb. 8, 2023, from
10:00-3:00pm at our regular meeting place, The University of Sewing.
We will not hold a regular POD meeting on that date due to this workshop.
All SAQA IN members and guests are invited to register for this workshop.


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Materials Included: No materials are included.
Requirements: Size 12 Spagetti Thread from WonderFil (white is the traditional color, but you can use any color you wish). I have heard that some people use other size 12 threads or embroidery threads. University of Sewing has a wide selection of Spagetti threads available, as well as other supplies needed. Regular sewing thread or quilting thread, any color. Bohin Size 7 crewel embroidery needles or equivalent Fabric for top (scraps that can be cut or torn into squares or rectangles. No batiks or tightly woven materials). I have found that sari silk is very hard to stitch through, so I would suggest you start with other materials. Fabric for back (again, no batiks or other tightly woven materials) Cut a 22" square. (A busy print is good to start with.) Turn a 1/4" hem under on each side of this square. Iron this down before class. Thin batting cut to 21.5" square (or 1/2 inch smaller than your backing fabric) Fabric scissors Thimble Straight pins Approximately 2" Square of rubber shelf liner to help pull the needle through the fabric (if you have it). I use silicone thimble fingertip grips. Available at the University of Sewing as is everything except Misty Fuse. They do have Steam a Seam 2. Optional: MistyFuse (approximately 20" square or some small pieces), needle threader, Frixion pen, small ruler
Instructor: Beth Schnellenberger
Instructor Bio: Beth resides in Jasper, In. She is an Art Quilter, and member of SAQA. SAQA is the Studio Art Quilt Associates. They meet at the University of Sewing once a month. Please check our calendar for day and time.
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No food is included. Lunch is bring your own, order in, or go out for lunch.

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