Kantha quilts are made by stitching together flattened layers of old saris or old discarded clothes together. They look kaleidoscopic with a collection of vivid colors and designs that make them resemble patchwork. Originally hailing from Bengal (Bangladesh and West Bengal, India), they are also known as Kantha Gudri quilts in Maharastra, India. Using bright shades of yarn that are in sharp contrast to the fabric color is a rule of thumb while doing such projects.
In this tutorial, a duvet cover in bold prints has been transformed into a delightful kantha quilted throw for the bedroom. Once you learn the technique, you can apply it to any other design of scrap cloths to make quilts, pillow covers, sofa covers, etc.
Here is a step-by-step that will teach you how to embroider with kantha quilting on a baby blanket.
In the linked post the blogger talks about her many experiences with the kantha quilt. You will love to read the instructions of a unique quilt in her post dated Oct 22. Of course, you can have a look at her posts on other dates as well for stunning embroidery design ideas of the bright kantha quilts. It is completely up to you to choose the size of your creations.
Large kantha quilts in cheerful colors add a luxurious charm to your bed.
Once you know the basics of kantha quilting, you can try your hand at making pretty book covers in bold hues using the technique.
Quilting each section with a different color of cloth makes this kantha quilt look like a burst of colors. However, we feel it will do fine without batting as instructed in the DIY. You can stuff in a few more layers of old clothes, instead.
The associated post gives a brief history of kantha stitch before talking about how it is traditionally made. You can utilize the guide to make a stunning kantha throw in floral prints.
By adjusting the size of the material, you can also make adorable curtains for your house. Your upholstery will garner a lot of attention with kantha quilts having contrasting colors on their reverse sides. Ikat saris can make marvelous kantha coats and jackets.
Decorating with beautiful motifs inspired by nature can make your kantha quilt stand out. Elephant motifs look classy if you are designing a peacock chair. You can also select fabric with a series of triangle patterns for a modern look of your quilt.
A queen sized quilt done up in different shades of blue does a great job in lifting the aesthetics of your bedroom. You will find out the method with the aid of this post. Do go through the comments by the author at the end of the linked article for additional information.
The procedure can be used to make cheerful handbags that have an old world charm associated with them.
You can use as many layers of garments that you please for making these beauties. If your part of the country has a chilly weather, you can consider stacking up as many as 8 layers as well! However, that would make the handmade quilts quite heavy. As winter leaves town, you can substitute them with their lightweight versions. It is important to keep it in mind at the onset that the larger the size of your project, the greater the time required. In general, kantha quilting takes considerably longer than ordinary quilting since it is worked with closely placed small running stitches.
Published on March 15th 2016 by Peyton Derrida