I spent a little time today adding the quilting lines to the Kantha sample I am making for my City and Guilds portfolio – but only a little time as I have been on a Hen weekend and am a bit tired!. Originally I started with a more complicated design of cats and fish using an old pillow case. It was far too fussy and the cotton so dense it was not enjoyable to sew.


I swopped to this simple design using a piece of old linen trousers which, with its much looser weave, was much easier to sew and quickly built up the embroidery.


It is only two layers of material with no wadding but that is how Kantha is made in West Bengal and Bangladesh mainly by women in rural areas. It can be very simple and was a good way to use old saris and other fabric to make a coverlet. It can also be very decorative and ornate.


Well, I wished I had made it to the art galleries and museums in Cambridge but I seemed to have spent too much time eating and giggling. Another trip is on the cards as I missed the quilt shop too! That’s a first as I usually manage to find one wherever I go but I have been lucky enough to be given a £75 voucher for Franklins for my birthday so that makes up for it.

Think I can finish the Kantha sample tomorrow and then will start on the Sashiko one!

12 thoughts on “Kantha Quilting

  1. Hi Kay, your piece is lovely. You are using such beautiful colours.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kay says:

      Thank you! I have a habit of using too much blue so I thought I would be a bit more colourful this time


  2. Suzanne says:

    I have not viewed this technique before…quite beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kay says:

      The City and Guilds course has been very good fo learning about different techniques and traditions


  3. CathieJ says:

    I saw the little thumbnail picture of this and just had to visit. This is beautiful. I love the swirling stitches and the beautiful threads. I want to try this! Did you trace the picture or just start stitching?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kay says:

      I decided to do a paisley pattern drew a circle to start with and after I had embroidered it iust added the swirling part. Mostly made up as I went along. I didn’t use a hoop either as it wouldn’t be used in Asia and I think it was contributing to the overly tight design and execution of the first piece. I think this is more in the spirit of Kantha. Thank you for the lovely comment too!


  4. This is beautiful. I love the design and the colours are gorgeous 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kay says:

      Thanks, I am really enjoying building up the design


  5. Shasta says:

    This is a beautiful piece, Kay. I love that you are trying a variety of different techniques.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kay says:

      Thank you. The course I am doing has opened my eyes to the huge variety of styles and techniques from around the world and from the past.


  6. Karen says:

    that is beautiful stitching!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kay says:

      Thanks, I haven’t embroidered for a while but will do a lot more now as I enjoyed the sashiko and the kantha too – and both only use running stitch so nice and relaxing (french knots drive me crazy lol)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Making and creating

Pattern Pandemonium

sewing patterns, mainly designing my own

Deep in the Heart of Textiles

Sharing a range of textiles


Dream in colour, create in fabric, thread, yarn, words, whatever you have to hand

is there room for me to sew?

Quilting, Reading and the Movies


my handcrafting life

Oh Sew Tempting

All things patchwork and quilting ...........

YARNutopia by Nadia Fuad

All things Yarn Related: Crochet, DIY, and Crafts


Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever


OPQuilt: Quilts & Textiles

Sewing Beside the Sea

All things made with my needle and thread

Coastal Crochet

All things crochet inspired by coastal living...

The Neon Sheep

obsessive crochet & other stuff burnt midnight oil is made of

Crochet Magpie

Where I share my love of colour, shiny things and crochet!

%d bloggers like this: