Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tree of Life Quilt

One of the things I love about quilting is that there is a different quilt and style for almost every quilter.  I particularly love the fact that there are different styles of quilts linked to different cultures.  The vast range of quilts which come to me to be quilted never ceases to amaze me and I was very excited to be able to quilt this Indian Tree of Life Quilt for Kate.

Kate gave me some background information on her purchased Tree of Life quilt top.  Kate was backpacking around India more than 10 years ago and saw some women working on one of the bedspreads in Jailsamer, Rajasthan.  As an impoverished traveller with very little room in her luggage she couldn't buy one, but always regretted it. Years later her parents went to India on a far more 5-star trip, and Kate's Mum was given very strict instructions to try and find a Tree of Life quilt.  Kate's Mum spent a whole day schlepping around the shops in Jailsamer and finally found one, which cost a lot more than the original quilt Kate had seen all those years ago.  Being a good mum, she bought it anyway, and the quilt has finally made it to me to be quilted.
 

This Tree of Life Quilt is large - some 88 x 104 inches.  The quilt has been entirely made using hand applique.  Each tree, including the large central tree, is made from one piece of fabric which has been appliqued using the needle turn method.  The central tree is about 50 inches tall.



In keeping with the simplicity of this two-toned quilt, I have quilted around all the applique, including all those leaves, and filled the background with swirls.  The outside border has been quilted with a freeform feather style design including more swirls.


While I spent quite a long time quilting this quilt, I couldn't help thinking how long the Indian quilters had spent working on this wonderful quilt top.

I hope you enjoy your quilt Kate - I am sure it will provide a wonderful memory of your travels.


15 comments:

  1. Another beautiful job Karen. It must be interesting seeing so many different quilts up close.

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  2. Your quilting is exquisite - perfect for the piece - beautifully done. I'm pretty new to long arm quilting - I have a Gammill Classic and haven't yet been game to do any bespoke work as yet. I really hope I can attain your level of expertise and artistry. Cheers.

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  3. Wow oh wow! This is such an amazing quilt. Love the style and simplicity. The quilting really suits the overall style and feel of the quilt. Simply beautiful.

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  4. I love this quilt its so gorgeous,it would look perfect on my bed, great quilting as well as always..

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  5. This is a beautiful quilt and complemented by your superb quilting - well done!

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  6. Exquisitely quilted! I am so glad you were the one to quilt this beautiful top. Your work truly honors the Indian women who put so many hours into their applique. Kate was wise to chose you. And her mom deserves kudos for finding such a fine piece of work. I'd send her shopping for me any day! And I love the thought of how so many women, strangers to one another, are joined altogether in a sisterhood of stitches.

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  7. How beautiful. Karen you are so lucky being able to work on so many beautiful quilts. Your work certainly enhances the natural beauty of this one.

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  8. Oh my gosh, that is spectacular!

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  9. Absolutely stunning Karen!!
    xx

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  10. What a beautiful quilt, and the quilting looks great as well. Timeless this one.

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  11. Those quilts are amazing!! You do such beautiful work! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  12. Gorgeous...I'm always impressed with your quilting. :)

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  13. Oh Wow, this is breathtaking! xo

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  14. Extraordinary! Both the quilt making and the quilting. Love your quilting on so many of the quilts you post about.

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