Monday, May 30, 2022

Patola Quilt - Saree Series #2

This is the second in my series of quilts inspired by sarees. 

This pattern is based on a type of saree called Patan Patola. Patan is the name of the place where the Patola saree is woven. The pattern is called 'Phool Bhat' meaning 'Flower Pattern'. It is a double ikat weave. This means the number of warp and the weft yarn are precisely calculated and dyed before weaving to form the pattern. The pattern itself is over 900 years old and the weaving is done on a primitive harness loom that lies in a slant where the left side is lower than the right side. The process has been closely guarded by the families in Patan being passed down only to the male heirs from generation to generation. Over time due to lack of patronage and weavers leaving for more lucrative job opportunities, this skill has been lost and today it's continuance rests in the hands of only one 'Salvi' family with a sole male heir. A lot riding on his little shoulders.

The dyeing process in the making of a Patan Patola is what is proprietary. It is believed the cloth will wear before the dye fades. The yarn is dyed with natural dyes producing absolutely brilliant and luminescent color. It is also known as the 'fabric of the gods'. The feel of a Patan Patola is like no other fabric.

Due to the extremely laborious process of making a Patan Patola, it is really expensive to own a double ikat Patan Patola. It would truly be a purchase of a lifetime. I believe there is also a waiting list you need to get on before a saree would be woven for you.

All is not lost though. The government has taken steps to preserve this weaving tradition and given permits to other families of weavers to weave Patola sarees. The sarees produced by these weavers use the same loom techniques and are as good however they are not dyed with natural dyes. This gives them a little more leeway in color choices and are not bound to the traditional colors. Here is a picture of one in my trousseau. The photo does not do it justice. It is absolutely iridescent in light and glimmers without any gold.

Unlike the saree that is made with pure silk, the quilt itself is made with Kona cotton fabric in
  • Forest
  • Peridot
  • Clover
  • Peach
  • Snow 
The quilting has been beautifully done by Jana Royal in gold colored thread. 

It measures 82" x 82" in size and has faced binding.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Lone Star Quilt

A lone star quilt has long been on my bucket list of quilts to make. When I signed up for Sarah Bond 's workshop that was about variations with a lone star block, I decided to stick with the traditional pattern. 

I have lately been experimenting with colors I normally would not work with which includes darker backgrounds, non primary colors, hues and shades I rarely see in my Instagram feed. One of the best ways to pick these colors is that they are the ones that are usually not sold out at a fabric store. :)

Anyway for this quilt I used a jelly roll of Kona solids in gray scale called Stormy Skies and Foxglove.

As for the quilting, I just echoed the blocks all the way to the edge of the quilt and machine bound it with the background fabric so that the star would stay as the focal point.

The quilt is finishes off at 80" x 80".

Friday, November 20, 2020

A Take On Bear Paw

As my blog posts get more scarce, so is my quilt making. However in the past month a lot of quilts I made earlier have come into the limelight. Let me start with the first one.  A variant on the Bear Paw block.

This quilt was a long time in the making. About 3 years ago when I was undergoing physical therapy, while recovering from a knee injury I would find myself often staring at my shoes. The colors of the shoes really struck a chord with me and I decided to use them in my next quilt. Inspiration comes from the strangest of places!

There was a pattern I had been toying with in EQ7 for a while now which started as a Bear Paw block but ultimately evolved into this. 

These are the shoes that inspired the color scheme.

The Kona cotton colors that were used:
  • Nautical
  • Germanium
  • Robin Egg    
The quilting is an all over Baptist Fan pattern beautifully executed by Pam Cole. Pam is such a pleasure to work with.

This was the first time I made a quilt with a dark background and I really like how it makes the blocks pop. I see a lot more dark quilts in my future. 

Leaving off with a few more pictures.