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« on: February 02, 2005 01:01:44 PM »

I'm just getting one of my wall-hanging quilts ready to enter into a student/staff art show at my university, and I realized that I haven't posted it here. This is a quilt I made for my parents; I made a second quilt with many of the same fabrics for my fianc, and posted it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7659.0

I call this quilt "Masala" because of its spicy colours. One of the main features of the quilt does not, unfortunately, come through in photographs: namely, all the fabrics (and even the ribbons and rick-rack) are highly textured, so it's a very tactile piece that invites touching. There's corduroy, velvet, microfiber, satin, you name it! One tricky aspect of using so many different fabrics is trying to get everything to lie flat where there are joins; it's also sometimes harder to do the embellishments, because some fabrics are woven too tightly to allow embroidery, so the designs have to take that into account.

The individual squares were pieced by hand, to a fabric backing, and then embellished with ribbon, rick-rack, and lots of embroidery. The entire quilt was then sewn together by machine: I don't trust my hand-sewing to follow straight lines over a distance!

Details of the panels:

I'm trying to kick-start my energy to get back to quilting. I have a half-pieced quilt that I'm currently working on, but it hasn't progressed much in months. It's going to be a similar 8-panel design, only instead of just abstract colour and design, it's depicting a view of rock and water and sky --- based roughly on the landscape of the English coastline in West Somerset, where I lived once... The whole thing will be overlaid with lots of beading and embroidery and trim-work, for sparking water, rain, and so on.

(ETA: link to the other quilt.)
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2005 01:05:55 PM »

This is so beautiful! Congratulations!
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2005 01:27:46 PM »

that is an amazing quilt!
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2005 01:34:36 PM »

That's a beautiful quilt - I especially love your embellishments. I'm just now learning to always think of potential embellishments for my projects. Sometimes, more is more! I have a wall hanging quilt project that I need to get to that is also a more contemporary study of color and texture. I only hope mine comes out as beautifully as yours!

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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2005 01:35:41 PM »

I love it!

I'm going to India soon (6.5 weeks!) and my plan is to bring back a suitcase full of fabric to make some quilts out of.. So hopefully I'll have my own spicy masala quilts completed in a year or so.  I'm picturing lots of silk, cotton, and colour.  I can't wait to go to the markets to do some fabric shopping.

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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2005 04:16:19 PM »

I love it! I especially like the way panels are clearly individual in their own sense but hang well together.  Is there any signficance to the paw prints on the last panel?  Also, what size are the individual squares?
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2005 05:14:10 PM »

That's stunning!! You did a beautiful job!!
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2005 07:49:23 PM »

Thanks, everyone!

Planet5: Thank you, and I'll keep my eyes peeled for your quilting results! I love playing with layers and layers of embellishment --- I am fascinated with those old Victorian crazy quilts and all their embellishment, and wanted to give somewhat the same effect, but with a more modern feel.

Julia_thorne: My sister spent a term in India a year or so ago, and brought back an entire suitcase of saris and other fabric for chopping and sewing. She's made so many beautiful things with them! I hope you have a great trip and get to bring home some equally inspiring trasures to sew with.

GoddessTerri: The entire quilt is about 24"x40"; I'd estimate that the squares are about 8" each. They started as 9" squares, but as I appliqued the fabric and did the embroidery, etc., they got a bit smaller... Then I had to trim them down further to make them all even-sized squares. The paw prints are there to represent my father's dog, who died last year at the age of 17. (Most of the other embellishments mean something or other --- visual references to places that my family members have travelled, and that sort of thing.)

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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2005 11:59:16 PM »

Holy kittens, that is breathtaking!!! Shocked Awesome job!

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