Antique Kimono Quilt

This lovely silk quilt was carefully and painstakingly pieced by Barbara Kiehn for a friend.  It is made from heirloom, antique kimonos and both the images and the silk kimonos are from her friend’s relatives.


The key to quilting a quilt like this one is to not overpower the kimono’s or the silk transfer images with the quilting.  Instead, I intentionally chose the thread to blend with each area, and to provide texture.  The only areas where the quilting shows is the light areas around the images and the kimono.  My intention was to enchnace these areas since i consider these the main focal points of the fiber piece.



Hope you enjoyed this quilt as much as I did!  It is so striking in person, some times the camera doesn’t capture it.  Thanks, Barb!

The next quilt is pretty cool.  I’m picking up a new one by Barb, a very cool Egyptian quilt.  I’ll ask her if she minds me showing it off.

Other news:  Joe and I are babysitting Jack tonight, plus we said farewell to my Dad and Doris, who left this morning for LA.  It was fun having them here.

Hugs, Carla

12 thoughts on “Antique Kimono Quilt

  1. Carla, As always, I am so completely impressed — WOW — I am so excited — can’t wait to see it tonight! You are the BEST!


  2. Wow what a design. Thanks for sharing.

    I bet you are right about the camera not quite capturing all of this quilt, the pictures give the impression that this would be quite a striking piece of art when viewed in person.

    I like how you chose the thread color to blend in, gives it a nice sleekness. I also like the large flower and leaves section.

    Antiques sure can make for some interesting times.

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