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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

MY TRIP TO INDIA

Good Morning to you,

During March and April  George and I visited India for six whole weeks.....yes six whole weeks! How lucky were we.

Whilst there,  my daughter Natasha showed me a quilt which was made up of scraps of sari material, border ribbon, well, really odds and ends of fabric taken from the cutting room floor. Plus for added interest  beads, sequins,  mirror embroidery and a variety of embroidery threads and stitches. 



.....and this is the result......the most exquisite quilt I have ever seen. This quilt appeals to my love of colour.



These sumptuous pieces of fabric are stitched together in the normal way, but the seams are  hidden by using what we know as whipped stem stitch.



If you look to the bottom left of the picture you will see border ribbon which is used around the neckline of tunics.  This has been a left over piece and cleverly incorporated into the quilt.





I think it would be fair to say this is a crazy patchwork quilt as it uses irregular shapes and scraps of beautiful fabric.






The elephant's trunk has been created by using blue and gold border ribbon.


There is so much embellishment  that it must have taken hours and hours and I must say sari material would not be the easiest material to work with.


The blue used to depict the elephant is the most beautiful blue.  I'm afraid the photographs really don't do it justice.



Can you see the mirror work, this would take so long to attach, I really admire the person who created this beautiful quilt.




More embroidery work, there are so many different embroidery stitches used to make this quilt.  It was made by a very skilled craftswoman.





.....and to remind you what all the bits and pieces sewn together actually make.....this very beautiful and exquisite quilt.

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful quilt and I'm sure you admire it as much as I do.

 When we left India I had to leave behind a "mountainous" amount of sari scraps as I could not fit them into my suitcase (sigh), but Natasha has promised that she will keep them until my next visit......then I will be able to make my own crazy "sari" patchwork quilt!

Until next time, take care,

Best Wishes,



Daphne xxx


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