Continuing with my quilts for 2018, here is a quilt I made in January this year, but never got around to sharing on my blog.
For this quilt, I recycled an old bottle green khadi silk saree, which I have had for years (and which has its very own story) and an ikat silk dupatta in cream and green with a border in plum red. I designed a really easy pattern-joining simple panels with minimum seams-to take into account the unravelling which inevitably comes hand in hand with working with silk. One day, perhaps, I will write down the pattern and publish it-it is something even a total beginner can handle!
I bagged the quilt with a backing recycled from another favourite saree, this time a muslin,with a Bagh block print.
I had it hand-quilted in the market by a tagaiwala, a quilt-maker whose family has been in this profession for several generations. The quilt is filled with nearly two kilos of carded cotton-wool and is really, really warm, to take care of winters in Jaipur, where we have no centralized heating. I think he has done a great job of the quilting, don’t you?
I have blogged about the number quilt I designed and made for my grand niece here. The quilt is divided into three panels, land, water and air. I had no access to any patterns with measurements, so I designed the quilt and the blocks on graph paper. I made the ‘blocks and sewed them on to a flannel background, joining and quilting them as I went along!
The land panel came up first – with`one’ house’ and `two’ trees
The little lace curtains on the door and window are unstitched on one edge. I used satin ribbon for the tree trunk and that brown panel at the bottom of the house. The green of the trees was a favourite saree – one that I bought with my first salary. And the green of the grass is my mother’s frayed saree.
The next came in the six flowers – not only are these disproportionately huge, they were tough to handle and not too neat! 😦 As a beginner quilter, I had no idea you could spray starch fabric to make it easier to cut and sew pieces.
Here are the three cats with their 3-D tails.
Don’t you love his little red bow?! He does not look happy despite the fact that his background is a saree from my trousseau! And he himself ( as also the house) came from a saree blouse piece.
The Navy Cat – not very happy too! And that when I made him from the scraps of my favorite navy silk salwar and gave him this lovely braided tail!
I loved the background fabric of Mr. Marmalade Cat ( well loved silk kurta) and wanted to use it elsewhere too – but it frayed enormously.
So the three ungrateful and oversized cats found their way next to the house.
I shall write about how I made the sea and the sky panels in another blogpost!