perhaps the most valuable bolt I own
By Patricia Belyea
SEATTLE WA Shimmering, paper-thin indigo cotton in an elaborate presentation box: this is a bolt I bought from an antique warehouse in Osaka.
I have never touched such fine cotton. Gossamer but not sheer, the fabric mimics onion skin in its weight.
The richness of the indigo defies description—a quarter-step short of black in its darkness.
The polish bewilders me. In Africa, the indigo masters pounded the dyed cloth to bring out its shine. Maybe this fabric is glazed? Or maybe it was run through a buffing machine?
I finally cracked open this bolt to use as the backing for a very special table runner. I’m topping the runner with a merlot and indigo yukata cotton patterned in bold poppies. Instead of quilting batting, I’ve chosen a cotton/wool felt so the final feel is more solid and dense.
This home decor item is being prepped for an article in Quilter’s Connection, coming out in September. The narrow runner, on a gorgeous glass table, will stretch across the center and then drop 20″ on each end.