Saturday, 29 October 2011

Taiwanese batik panel quilt - Dream sailing

Stephanie, my Taiwanese daughter in law, found this lovely  hand made panel for me to make into a quilt. I was a bit concerned as the fabric was very stiff. Then I thought that as it was batik there could be still a lot of wax left in the fabric. So I washed it with lots of gentle (wool) detergent and it came out wonderfully soft and flexible.

Next I considered how to make it into a quilt. I did not want to add much to the picture as it is a very strong design, also I wished to respect the artistic integrity of the artist who made it.therefore i went for the simple picture frame approach. I also had the deep indigo fabric from Taiwan but that was too heavy immediately around the picture - hence the deep cream inner border.

The outer border was chosen to tone with  the red in the batik but I wanted to be careful that it was not brighter. So I ended up with  reddish brown outer border. Not a color combination I would have initially thought of but one I came upon after auditioning many other pieces in my stash. The outer border was necessary as my son is very tall and I wanted it to be big enough - I had used all the indigo fabric I had.

I have included a couple of close ups to show the quilting.

I am linking this post to the Quilt festival, if you click on the button it will take you over there where you can visit heaps and heaps of talented quilters and their lovely quilts.


  1. Debra, this is just wonderful! A lot of thought went into the borders and it worked perfectly! Your D-I-L will treasure it, I'm sure.

  2. Deborah, Stunning as always! That panel is amazing and you did a wonderful job of showing it off to best advantage.

  3. A great frame for the image. Beautifully done.

  4. Greetings from Hungary. I really like your quilt. Beautiful colors, and stitching.

  5. Your quilt is amazing. :) I love the colors and the stitching.


  6. The quilt has so many memories for me, my country, culture and the times I spent in Taiwan with my in-laws. And now it is on my bed keeping me warm!


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