On the Needles: Indigo Quilt

On the Needles: Indigo Quilt

Indigo is magical stuff.

It even has its own smell - William Gibson described it "a faint jungle pong." It's an herbal smell, unique and almost wooly.

I live in the right place to indulge in a love affair with indigo.

I've collected a little bit here and there on travels, and ended up with a fair bit. High time to put the stash to good use.

On the Needles: Indigo Quilt

The fabrics are a smogasbord of textile techniques, including cool examples of block printing, stencil printing, batik, and a use of hand-stitching to create areas of resist (kind of like shibori perhaps?).

I'm combining them with a really bright Chinese red cotton I picked up on a recent trip to Portland.

My plan is to piece a big double happiness for the quilt back, something like this block.

On the Needles: Indigo Quilt

I'm looking forward to snuggling up with this beauty as the weather cools off.

On the Needles: Indigo Quilt

Vesper seems to like the new quilt already. The alternate explanation is that she's telling me I'm doing it wrong.

Lucky (least social of cats) has established a new territory in my office, and he's been keeping me company at the computer.

He's camera-shy, so it was fun to get a close-up of his face.

On the Needles: Indigo Quilt

What have you been working on this week?