Tana’s Ikat Quilt

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.

A quilt for my daughter…

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?

Details of the hand-quilting

 

Quilt for a Little Girl – pictures of the making: Land

Baby Quilt
Baby Quilt

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.

1-house-2-trees
1-house-2-trees

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.

1-house-2-trees-6-flowers
1-house-2-trees-6-flowers

Here are the three cats with their 3-D tails.

Quilted cat 1
Quilted cat 1

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.

Quilted Cat 2
Quilted Cat 2

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!

Quilted Cat 3
Quilted Cat 3

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.

1-house-2trees-3cats-6flowers
1-house-2trees-3cats-6flowers

I shall write about how I made the sea and the sky panels in another blogpost!