Using tiny scraps of fabrics to create a pictorial quilt...a dying art?

I watching a series on DVD through the library called Fons & Porters Love of Quilting. I've learned quite a few new techniques from the series. The library only has series 400 and up.

On disc 1, episode 409, they talk about long arm quilting which at that time, was just beginning to catch on and was an exotic new fangled way of quilting. Now-a-days it's pretty much a common place tech.
Later on in the episode they showed an artist, from Japan, who used super small scraps of fabric to make a mosaic like pictorial art quilt. I'm talking TINY, what we would normally throw away because we think it's unusable. She would tack them down between a piece of Muslim (the base fabric) and black nylon tulle on top with monofiliment thread. Once the piece was completed it was finished in the normal manner of quilting.

I cannot find much info on the web about this technique and I wonder if it's become a dying art. I think I might give it a try and make some small pieces to give away, mug rug size.

Here's the link to the page with the episode I am talking about.

Japanese Quilting with the Longarm Machine, Love of Quilting episode 409

Up till now I have been saving my scraps to stuff a pillow with and turn into a pet bed. Now, however, I might just keep them and to try this! And I have yet to find a youtube tutorial on it, so that may be something I would consider doing one on. I haven't made one in a very long time.

This video is very interesting in that it uses every bit of scrap to make a new piece of usable fabric.

Until next time...
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1 comment:

  1. This little video has opened a lot of possibilities in my imagination - thank you for sharing!


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