Constantinople Quilts. Tamsin Harvey

Hello Again My Friends.
A couple of years ago I visited the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque located in Abu Dhabi. The beauty and peacefulness of the place left me breathless. I was also left wide eyed in awe of the loving craftsmanship of the decorations adorning the walls, floors and pillars of this holy place of worship.

Below are some photos that I took while I was there.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi

 

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Coloured marble and mother of pearl inlay on a pillar

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I absolutely love this place and as a non-Muslim, I appreciate its peace, spirituality, beauty and the fact that everyone is welcome to visit.
SO last year, when I saw a book called “Constantinople Quilts” my antennae twanged like mad and I had to get myself a copy. At the time I was stony broke but promised myself I would buy it next time I saw it.

Well, guess what? Even better than buying a copy, I received an invitation from my local quilt shop in Dubai, Classic Quilts, to attend a session with none other than the lovely, talented author herself – Tamsin Harvey.
Anyone who knows me will know that I jumped up and down with joy at the prospect.

Tamsin brought the quilts from her book to Dubai and told us the story of their creation; from her initial inspirations from the Iznik tiles, of her family connection with Turkey from the First World War, the photography of the quilts in the historic locations in Istanbul and the stitching and technical twiddly bits that only quilters really want to know.
Throughout her presentation to us I felt her passion, joy and love of her craft, of her inspirations and the journey she is still travelling in bringing it all to us; the crafter and reader.

I not only came away happily clutching a signed copy of Tamsin’s  book, “Constantinople Quilts” I also came away filled with inspiration and excitement; an impatient excitement to get going with my dreams and ideas.
Thank you to Mala Ramakrishnan of Classic Quilts  http://classicquiltsdubai.com/ for arranging this session and thank you to Tamsin from Berrima Patchwork NSW Australia https://www.berrimapatchwork.com.au/ for visiting us in Dubai and kicking my mojo back where it should be.

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Tamsin Harvey – Dubai. Bed scarf

 

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Detail from Istanbul

 

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Tamsin and The Peacock

 

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Mala waving to new arrivals with Blue Cini

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Can You Keep a Secret?

Hello Again

Ever had that feeling when you have to keep something quiet and could just burst? Well, now it’s over 🙂
I can finally show you the surprise project I was working on earlier in the year.

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This is a wall hanging for my dear mother’s special birthday.
If you are familiar with Kim Schaefer’s work you will recognize some elements of her designs; the bee hive, tall flowers and bees.
The bird and the impossible branching flower were the ideas of my son and my neighbour’s daughter. Kids sometimes come up with genius ideas 🙂

More later
Chrissie

Keeping the Love Alive – Keep it Cute

Hello Everyone
My goodness, where did October go?
How time whizzes by without us noticing and suddenly a year has slipped passed.

Last year my neighbour’s little girl E started taking an interest in my sewing activities and quite often would come and stand beside me and watch me using my sewing machine as I made quilts and clothes. She would chatter on as little girls are apt to do and one day she asked me if she could have a go…..
I almost died at the prospect of a then 7 year old using my very expensive, I can’t live out, sewing machine…
So I made a compromise and suggested she had a go at hand sewing.
I prepared a little project for her using brightly coloured embroidery threads, aida fabric and a “safe” ish sewing needle. As I expected, she tangled herself up in it but she had a lovely time just sitting with me and enjoying the creative journey.

I was so pleased to see that she was genuinely interested in the craft that put together a little sewing kit for her birthday and made her a needle book to go with it.
Later, I was thrilled to discover that E was sewing with her Grandmother as well.

A couple of weeks ago I had another visitation as I was sewing and E reminded me that her birthday was coming up soon as asked me if I would make her another needle book.

“Another needle book? What happened to your old one?”

I fully expected to hear that she had lost it, but no!
It lives permanently at Granny’s 🙂 and she wanted one for home.

Joy of joys!
“Of course I will Sweetheart”

So here it is.

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Below are pictures of my old and rather battered needle book.

If you like these you can make your own by going to Nana Company.
She has a super cute tutorial, check it out 🙂
http://nanacompany.typepad.com/nanacompany/2011/10/needlebook-tutorial-by-nanacompany.html

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Tempus Fugit

Hello Everyone.
WOW! Where has the time gone?
It seems like yesterday summer was rolling in and now autumn is upon us…
At least the scorching heat is giving way to cooler mornings and balmy evenings, my second favourite time of year here in Dubai. Perfect for hitting the beach and playing in the sand and surf 🙂

Well, below are photos of my latest offerings for the Fall Inspired Mug Rug Swap organised by Michele Foster from the Quilting Gallery.
This time my recipient is in Belgium 🙂
Enjoy
Lots of love
Chrissie x

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Mixing It Up In A Melange Of Mengelmoeskardoes

Hello Again Friends

Living in Dubai I am blessed with friends from all over the world:
As well as the United Arab Emirates, they come from America, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Canada, Iran, Iraq, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia to name but a few of the people that make up the eclectic population of this incredible country.

When I started making this quilt, almost three years ago, I was inspired by one of my Canadian friends to stack and whack some of my favourite fabrics.
Some of the gorgeous fabrics came from previous projects, and some of them came out of my stash.
Many of my friends will know how much I love bright cheery colours (some of them are actually quite scared by my choice of combinations and will run away when I ask them what they think of them. But hey, we’re all different 🙂 ) so were not surprised when this quilt came into being.

The name of my quilt is also inspired by two of my lovely South African friends.
For those who do not speak Afrikaans (I have to mention here that I only know one or two words) the Afrikaans word Mengelmoeskardoes does not have an English equivalent but generally means a mash of colours.
As for Melange, I just love the Frenchy sound of it.

So I dedicate this post to all my wonderful eclectic Melange of Mengelmoeskardoes friends all over the world.
Thank you for all your support, I love you all very much.

Enjoy 

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Decision Made

Hello Again Friends

Decision made 🙂
I stepped outside my comfort zone, left behind my beloved blanket stitch and went for the naïve look.
It was surprisingly more tricky to do than I thought, but overall I’m quietly pleased with the results.

Take a look and let me know what you think….

Next to create the backs, maybe pinwheels, maybe…… oh the sweet agony of another creative decision 🙂

That’s all for now folks.
Enjoy 🙂
TTFN
Chrissie

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It’s Time To Share The Love Again

Hello Everyone in quilting land and beyond

It’s time to share the love again!
Michele Foster aka Mishka is doing it again.
This time the swap is Little Buddy Coasters designed by Vicki Ruebel.
They are sew cute, how you could possibly resist them?
So all you quilters out there, if you fancy cooking up some cutesy little bug coasters, get yourself over to the quilting gallery to register for your pattern and get ready to have some fun!

http://quiltinggallery.com/quilters-fun/applique-coasters-swap

Watch this space for my little critters.

Lotsa love 🙂
Chrissie

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Akela We Will Do Our Best

Hello Again Friends
I can finally reveal my secret project 🙂
It is a memory quilt reflecting the life of our Akela of 2nd Dubai Cub Scouts.
Our Cub Scout Leader will leaving at the end of this term 😦 after XX ahem years of living in Dubai and the Middle East and having given more than XX ahem years of service to Scouting.
So what do you give to a man who has dedicated a huge amount of his time to such a worthy cause?
A quilt of course 🙂 which we presented to him last night amid a few tears and blubbing later on.

Aklea will be sorely missed by the Cubs and Leaders as well as all his friends here.
He leaves a large hole and a huge pair of boots to be filled.
I just hope I’m big enough to fill them.
I will do my best…..

So here is Akela’s memory quilt in all its glory.

Enjoy!
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Akela We Will Do Our Best

Scout Membership

Knot

Airplane

Dubai

Camel

Arabic Coffee

Flags

Camping

Compass

Sunshine

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Just because I love it

Hello friends
I have completed my first module and it has been uploaded for verification 🙂 hooray!
When I have the tutor’s comments back I’ll post up some more pics so watch this space.
http://www.sofst.org/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/65416089@N05

In the meantime I’ve been designing and playing about with one of my favourite techniques, fused applique 🙂 and made a few little bits and pieces.

I made the Teapot mat for my lovely friends at remade DXB who’s door is always open and ply us with never ending tea and numnums, thank you 🙂
Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/pages/reMADE-DXB/210139855788142

Teapot mat

This little Ice Cream mug rug is a very pink version of one my class offerings along with a daisy and sail boat

Pink Ice Cream Mug Rug

I couldn’t resist trying out this cupcake. Far fewer calories than the real thing 🙂

Cupcake Mug Rug

Thanks for stopping by
TTFN
More later
Chrissie

Get Stitchy in Dubai with reMADE DXB – Classes

Hello Friends
As promised, here is more news about remade DXB and yours truly.
In my last post I was delighted to meet the lovely ladies of remade DXB, Paula and Teresa and I have been invited to teach a class about my favourite things, quilting and fused applique.
🙂 HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!
I recently designed a selection of small projects that could be completed in a few hours and I am thrilled to be able to share my passions with new friends and keep the craft alive.
So, if you would like to join in the fun and learn some new skills and make a cutesy coffee break mug rug, or if you prefer tea break, then come along to reMADE DXB on Tuesday 21st May 9.30am-12.30pm
(booking is essential as places are limited to 6 per class)

Check out their facebook page calendar for all the different events taking place and don’t worry if you can’t make the 21st, there will more fusable applique, mini quilt classes running in June.

Take a look below at the project samples you can make.
Look forward to seeing you soon 🙂

Chrissie X

https://www.facebook.com/pages/reMADE-DXB/210139855788142

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Sail Away

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