Serendipity – a quilt for Sid


August has been a very busy month at work and otherwise with not much time for quilting or blogging. I managed to finish quilting and binding this to meet my One Monthly Goal for August.

I made this quilt for Sid, who graduated from high school this summer and started a vocational training program. Sid’s mom, Rekha, has been one of my best friends since we were both 10 years old. Sid’s  favorite color is black. I collected a bunch of black, white and grey fabric from my stash and a few yards of Kona black and set out to find a quick and easy pattern.

I picked a pattern from Thomas Knauer’s book called Modern Quilt Perspectives. I bought this book after seeing a wonderful, moving and thought-provoking exhibition of his work at the 2017 International Quilt festival in Houston. He calls this pattern Split Personality, referring to the different styles  on the two halves of the quilt – the traditional patchwork on one side and the modern minimalist negative space on the other. The point of this design is to show that opposing ideas can thrive side-by-side in harmony.

I had to modify the pattern a little to fit the size I wanted to make. The pattern was easy but certainly not quick – it took tremendous effort to keep track of the pieces and the blocks.


I quilted free motion swirls and some feathers and whatever I felt like in the black, negative space. I kept the quilting quite sparse to keep the quilt soft and cozy. On the patchwork area, I quilted in the ditch around every block and loose wavy lines in the white background area.


The back of the quilt is as special as the front. I used a solid grey (Kona coal) and leftover scraps from the front. One of Sid’s favorite people is my husband, Srini. The off-white background here is from one of Srini’s shirts. One long sleeve shirt minus the frayed collar and cuffs yields an unbelievable amount of fabric.


Pattern: Split Personality by Thomas Knauer

Fabric: Assorted black &white and grey, Kona White, Kona Black

Batting: Hobb’s heirloom 80/20

Thread for quilting: Isacord charcoal, Isacord white.

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21 thoughts on “Serendipity – a quilt for Sid

  1. Love this quilt, Vasudha. It has that modern vibe that should appeal to Sid and just about everyone. The whimsical back adds a playful touch. I am sure Rekha will be very happy too 🙂


  2. Oh my, this is such a beautiful quilt. Really striking. The colors and fabrics you chose just go SO well together. But that has nothing on your quilting! That really, really makes the quilt shine. Fabulous job. I’ll bet she is oh so happy to have received it! ~smile~ Roseanne


  3. So much to love about this quilt! The shirt (had no clue that much fabric is in a long-sleeved shirt!) on the back for one of Sid’s favourite people, to the symbolism of the pattern, and the deeper meaning therein… to your quilting! That makes my heart SING! I love doing feathers like that, which I call Henna feathers. Wonderful finish. 🙂


  4. This is a great pattern. Well done on the quilting. Thanks for linking up your finish with Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday.


  5. I believe I have this book. I love your quilt and now I am thinking it will make a nice nephew quilt. He is a split personality so this will fit him accurately. It goes on my list of to-do’s.


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