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I am a quilter living in Woodbridge, Suffolk who has made quilts since I was a teenager. I also ring bells! Both are great British traditions....I will try to feature some of my antique Welsh and Durham quilts, the quilts I make myself, my quilting activities and also some of my bellringing achievements. Plus as many photos as I can manage. NB: Double click on the photos to see greater detail, then use back button to return to the main page.

Saturday 11 December 2010

Pna Ndau - Hmong people

Here is an applique bed cover that I acquired recently - it is ENORMOUS - 102 x 111 inches. In red and navy polycotton, it has only a light muslin backing, and is not a "true" quilt. These textiles are made by the Hmong people, and this one has a label on the reverse -"Hand made by Niana Paola in Thailand". One or two triangles have come loose, as this cover has been used in the past...

Although made for the tourist trade, the applique is expertly done.

The stitching is not as close as some others I have seen, but the overall amount of work is astounding.

Here is an older applique panel I bought some years ago from Siripan Kidd. I believe this pattern is called "Elephants Foot". There is reverse applique and well as as triangles in standard applique. Very effective. I have a length of a carrier band but cannot find where I put it - that is even older, again bought from Siripan.

You can see that the stitching is much closer here than on the bedspread shown above.

And here is another photo showing the applique triangle and the reverse applique spiral. Very impressive - I've done enough applique to know how skilled this work is.

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