This piece, entitled "Thailand" uses 44 3"x5" rectangles cut from 5 colors of Thai silk taffeta fabric. The backing fabric & some of the sashing strips are from navy blue Kona cotton (3/8 yard used.) The finished piece measures 18.5" x 24.5".
This piece came about in a very organic way; each day I did something to alter the piece until it came to this finished form. I also used at least 5 new techniques/tools that I had never tried before, so I'm very proud of myself for quilting out of the box! :)
I started by chopping 1/4 yard of the navy blue into 3 pieces of different sizes. Then, I cut up the rectangles into these asymmetrical chunks, and assembled them until they were roughly the same size as the backing (using the navy blue to supplement randomly.)
I quilted in a variegated thread using bright pink felt as the batting, then layered over each piece with some geometrical shapes cut from the leftover rectangles & fused to the top.
Instead of a traditional binding, I opted to do a serged edge in a wooly thread, that added some sparkle and a unique finish.
I finished the piece by hand beading with the very last of my rainbow Czech glass beads over the top; (the beads that attach the quilt together are not the same but they match in color & are a bit larger in size.)
The piece is hung using 3 rectangles and bamboo handles repurposed from a handbag.