The Quilts of Love…

Five of my ‘sharing’ quilts are done! They all go to little girls who are very, very special. I will tell you more about them and perhaps even share their stories and pictures, once I have the requisite permission. Meanwhile, here are the quilts, the latest first! They are all bagged, stuffed with carded cottonwool and quilted by a traditional ‘tagai wala‘ – quilt maker. This kind of quilt is called a lihaaf  or razai in this part of the world.

You can read more about traditional North Indian quilts and quilt makers here!

Quilt#5/2018 Riddhi’s Quilt

I always wanted to make the Granny Square block but never got around to it! Here is a giant one, made with 9″ square pieces and framed in a chevron border made with alternating HSTs.

Quilts of love
The giant granny square in the centre finishes at 36″!
That pretty print is from a strip of fabric left over from a kurta I stitched for myself more than thirty years ago!

Quilt#4/2018 Sonali’s Quilt

…the one with the giant pinwheels. Again, I used fabric left over from dress-making!

Pink and green pinwheels, so perfect for a six-year old little girl!
I love the cuddly look the quilting gives it.

Quilt#3/2018 Annu’s quilt

This was the only one for which I cut up new fabric from my stash…
How pretty that soft mint green backing is!

is now with its owner! I already showed you pics of the top made with the double Disappearing Nine-Patch block. Here it is, all quilted!

Quilt#2 Mahima’s Quilt –

You have seen pictures of this quilt top too! I backed it with an old Ikat dupatta (stole) and the tagaiwala did the rest! Four year old Mahima absolutely loved it! I do wish I had made it slightly bigger, though!

An ikat dupatta from more than twenty years ago makes up the backing of this second finish of the year!
Fabric from my first ever quilt, made in 2008!

Quilt#1/2018 Siddhi’s Quilt

It made my day, week, month, year to see the happy surprise on the youngest child, Siddhi’s face, when she received her quilt! For me? she asked delightedly! This one is also backed with an Ikat dupatta.

Orphan blocks from my second ever quilt, also started in 2008!
For the backing, another ikat dupatta, so intricately hand-woven.

So those are the first five quilts! One is at the tagaiwala’s. I had planned to make a total of seven quilts originally. But I don’t wish to leave out any of the remaining four girls. So I need  now to decide how to use the scraps in my stash to make those extra quilts! Perhaps I will cut up an old saree?

Author: Mads

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