I had originally thought that I would make this second version of my Sesen design back in June, but then life happened. I’m actually really glad that making the quilt got delayed. Due to other work this year, I opted to change how the pattern is written which makes the quilt come together so much better. I will be teaching techniques using this quilt and pattern at QuiltCon in Phoenix and releasing the pattern just after QuiltCon in early 2022.
I used Kona Natural as the background and backing for this quilt. It is the first time that I’ve worked with Kona Natural, and I found it to be a very linty fabric. I needed to dust around my sewing machine repeatedly while I was quilting due to the lint that was accumulating. I even found that pausing to remove lint from my bobbin area more than every bobbin change made a difference. Every time my machine would drop a stitch, it was worth it to stop, dust, and start again. If you have worked with Kona Natural, have you had this same experience?
Note the papaya tree in the left foreground of the photo above. We started it from seed in March of this year and it looks like we will be able to start harvesting fruit in another month or so!
Speaking of papaya, let’s talk about the other Kona Cotton solids I used for this quilt: Fabric A is Kona Papaya (the lightest fabric), Fabric B is Kona Kumquat, and Fabric C and the binding is Kona Coral. For the quilting, I paired Aurifil 2000 (Light Sand) with Kona Natural, 2277 (Light Orange Red) with Kona Coral, 1133 (Bright Orange) with Kona Kumquat, and 2145 (Yellow Orange) with Kona Papaya.
I’m really pleased with how the grid quilted into the background allows the piecing to stand out, which is true even when viewing the back of the quilt. I always like to pair the same thread in my bobbin that I’m using on the top of the quilt. I also really love to use solids for my backings to create “whole cloth” reversible designs.
Sesen means, “A lotus flower. This is a symbol of the sun, of creation and rebirth.”
Interestingly, I finished the first Sesen quilt a little over a year ago. And a year ago yesterday, we moved from California to Hawaii.
Sesen finished at 72 inches square, and while patiently holding the quilt for these photos around our property, my husband asked if I could make my next quilts an inch or four less wide. I can’t make any promises, but his request is noted!
I started using side threading needles to help me bury thread tails when I was working on Pulsar earlier this year. With as many starts and stops as I had quilting the grid on the background for Sesen, I was glad to have those on hand again.
Now that this quilt is complete, I am hoping to turn my attention toward finishing the Old School BOM (the final block was released this past Sunday) and move on to making the bonus quilt from the large leftover pieces from Sesen. I doubt I can get both of those finished by the end of the year, but at least I know what I’m making next!