29 Jun

Hansel and Gretel

Yippee! I finished a quilt this morning. This is a little one (90 cm tall) inspired by the theme “Fairy Tale World” for the Main Quilt Fest.

Hansel und Gretel
I wasn’t sure I’d do anything, but since Grimm’s fairy tales are definitely part of my German experience, I thought that if I were inspired I could kill two birds with one stone. Or at least I could tell myself I wasn’t getting distracted since a German fairy tale quilt could hang comfortably with my German countrysides.

Original forest fabric. Circle denotes

Just to see what would happen, I tried (a la Dijanne Cevaal) to hand dye a piece of cotton velvet to look like a forest. Mine is not as elegant as Dijanne’s work, but I like it well enough, and I thought I saw a little cottage in the fabric. Poof, I was inspired to make “Hansel und Gretel.” Of course, you can’t see the original witch’s cottage as it is completely covered by my embroidery, but it was enough to get me started.

Hansel und Gretel witch's house

The velvet was a little tricky in that I had to be careful all along the way not to mangle it too much, but It was nice and sturdy to sew all the buttons, beads and stones on to.

Hansel und Gretel embroidery detail
I even added a chicken bone as Hansel tricked the witch into thinking he wasn’t fattening up by poking a chicken bone through the bars of his cage. I also quilted in a thorny pattern with metalic thread to add a little evil, but not too much.


The red dotty fabric, of course, represents Fliegenpilze, or poisonous mushrooms. As well as being a part of the German culture, I believe that any self respecting witch would have some of these in her cupboard or garden. There are also a group of witches in Fasching parades which wear red head scarves with white polka dots.

Witch sweeping up naughty children?

8 thoughts on “Hansel and Gretel

  1. Kristin — Another great quilt! It’s so fun to see them so quickly. And, to see the artist in you flourish. Congratulations!

  2. Oh, this is wonderful, but I want to see it up close with the velvet and all. I’m coming to visit some day soon!! Yeah, sure!

  3. wow! that is amazing with the dye tecnique and then the incredible embroidery – it is a truly talented eye that can “see” all that in the fabric an then make it happen

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