Influence of India – the quilt.

I’ve had a busy few days and I’ve finished two quilts this week.

“Edna” the Elephant.

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The idea of the elephant was on a poster on a wall in India. I can’t find the picture, it was just in my mind somehow.

I began with fabric from India, the green fabric and the orange is Cotton Rubia fabric.

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Of course the Taj Mahal is  real and drawn with pigment ink on the rubia before it was sandwiched. This is one of my own photos.

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Th ink worked well on the Rubia fabric.

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Kaffe Fassett fabric worked well for the blanket.

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I colored the orange with white ink and the tusks are white fabric that I have illustrated.

The ink is pigment and permanent.

In beginning to quilt it, I first stitched around the pattern on the blanket in black thread. then the elephant was quilted the same way. I freehand drew a continuum of the pattern of the blanket onto the body of the elephant, it reminds me of the henna patterns we all have done on our tourist arms when visiting.

I was going to do a pattern on her ears, but decided to just freehand stitch in lines….. I love lines. I was uncertain how I was going to do the Taj Mahal, so I quilted it quite heavily in black thread using free motion. Then I had a quandary as to what I was going to do for the background.

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Darn it, I decided to do the negative space lines, its sort of my signature and I love the effect of making the main character stand out. It takes a long time to do, but I love the effect. I do have some tricks to getting it perfect, but you need to come to class to learn that.

I quilted over the  illustration, you know when you get to visit it, it’s often shrouded in mist and I felt that the quilting in green over the top of the illustration gave it a misty effect.IMG_4629

The braid and the tassels were bought in the market in Old Delhi and I chose the pink one purposefully.

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Now I’m adding hand stitching over the top of the machine stitches. To add more texture and to break the lines.

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I’m using a cotton thread I bought in Guatemala. It’s so nice to use the things you buy on your travels.

 

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie Tebay says:

    Just incredible! Your thought process is so inspiring. Thank you for your, more than generous, sharing.

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  2. Wendy in Kennewick says:

    LOVE IT!

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  3. Laroyce Coy says:

    Lovely.

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  4. Sue Buxton says:

    Lovely, thank you for sharing the process, I loved watching it evolve.

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  5. Nola says:

    Thank you for sharing your process. It is a minin workshop. I really like the “misting” of the Taj Mahal.

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  6. Jerri Penney says:

    It’s just wonderful how you integrate all of the Indian elements into this quilt, from fabric to illustration, patterns, textures, threads and even atmosphere. It is a delightful taste of India’s influence!

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  7. Rose Arenstam says:

    I love your happy style and attention to detail! You are so inspiring!!

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