Sonic Bloom

My love for hand quilting originated in Hawaii in 2011 where I learned the Hawaiian hand quilting technique from locals. The radial symmetry patterns based on the shadows of plants captivated my aesthetic. Since my first try at applique, I’ve gotten a good bit of practice and a few months ago attempted my most complex and largest Hawaiian quilt project yet.

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I responded to the graphic quality of the pattern and started making plans to translate it into a screen print. The pattern was taken from Denyse Schmidt’s book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration

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I picked two very bright colored fabrics that popped out at me. The teal fabric is a batik with lots of visual interest. I hand cut the fabric and it took a while to get the complicated pattern to lay flat. I basted the perimeter of the teal fabric before proceeding with the applique.

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This is an in process shot taken while working on the quilt at a cabin in the snowy woods of Ohio over Thanksgiving. I hunkered down next to a wood stove and stitched for hours and hours, only taking breaks to jump in the outdoor hot tub.

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The quilt measures 42″ squared. I made a quilt label for the first time by screen printing handwritten text onto a piece of fabric used on the front.

sonic bloom quilt on the wall


About mitchcollective

MITCH Collective is a community-driven catalyst promoting creativity in the Ohio Valley. MITCH Collective enriches Martins Ferry, Ohio and nearby towns by: -inviting artists, writers, and musicians to experience the beauty and creative potential of the area while creating new work and interacting with local residents through the residency program. -inspiring a historically economically depressed area by teaching new skills and ideas that will help foster new problem solving approaches for challenges that face the community. -collaborating with nonprofit and municipal organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to bring innovative, interdisciplinary projects to life. Facilities include printmaking, screen printing, sewing, quilting, and bookbinding. Visit for more information.
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2 Responses to Sonic Bloom

  1. Leah Nixon says:

    Wow! This is amazing Siena! I’m constantly impressed by your dedication to time consuming projects. I have yet to finish my two Hawaiian quilt pillows I started in Hawaii.

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