Inspired by pojagi, Colorado quilter creates a lovely summer wrap

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Pojagi is a Korean wrapping cloth, often made in patchwork style from small pieces of fabric and embroidered clothing. After reading the Pojagi: Korean Patchwork article by Mary Ruth Smith, Ph.D. (March 2011 issue of American Quilter), Margaret Parker of Golden, Colorado, took the challenge to design with seam lines and created a transparent summer wrap in neutral colors. She chose cream and tan sheer curtain material to showcase the lines created with the sewn-down French seams. Using new fabric allowed Margaret to make strips of seamed material that were then cut into smaller pieces and seamed again into smaller units. She offers this tip for working with sheers: Closely follow the straight of grain on seam lines.

The wrap is constructed from a large back rectangle and two smaller front rectangles attached at the shoulder seams, also French seamed. Margaret adjusted the shoulder seams by taking off material from the center neck, sloping to the wrist on each side to control fullness.

Margaret, thank you for sharing your work with American Quilter! AQS members can access Mary Ruth Smith’s complete article at www.AmericanQuilter.com. Has anyone else tried this technique?

Posted by Christine N. Brown, Editor-in-Chief of American Quilter Magazine

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Yes, I am very inspired by the Korean Pojagi patchwork and have made several items. Not quite as complicated as this beautiful summer wrap are my two shower curtains and a summer bed spread. Along with that, I’ve made several table runners and a neck shawl….and I’ve only just begun!

Amy Patrick

I am currently working on a pojagi project. I was introduced to the technique through books and pictures. The class was canceled at IU but I was so intrigued by the beautiful cloths that I checked out all the books on the subject!