Thursday, March 22, 2018

Kilim

Truth is, I had no idea what 'Kilim' meant when Marci/@marci_girl announced her prompt for Bee Sewcial this month. I quickly learned that "A kilim is a flat tapestry-woven carpet or rug traditionally produced in countries of the former Ottoman Empire, Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkic countries of Central Asia. Kilims can be purely decorative or can function as prayer rugs." Oohhh! Now I know.



Marci offered an inspiration pin board, which was helpful in familiarizing myself with possible motifs, and I selected three to focus on, two types of triangles in bright colors, and a Greek Key in neutrals. I chose to create the Greek Key very 'true', ie. it was improvisational in that I made it without a pattern, but it wasn't as free-form as the triangles. In hindsight, I really like the contrast between the two styles in one block.



Per Marci's request, the block measures 14 1/2" by 20 1/2", and I think the 'chopped off' aspect to bring the block to size kind of adds to its appeal. For not knowing where I was headed during most of the construction of this block, I'm happy where I ended up!

13 comments:

  1. Wonderful. I am working on a strings piece that might be considered a kiliam. You are always so inspirational.

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  2. I love it and I think your interpretation is spot on!

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  3. Thank you for sharing what Kiliam meant! Your block is gorgeous. I love the bright colors and the greek key is like a grounding force! I cannot wait to see how Marci puts this one together!

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  4. I really like the juxtaposition of the bright to black and white and triangles to meandering path. I would have needed to look up the details on this as well!

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  5. A fun project - just start and let yourself go with the design and colors! Interestingly enough, Greek Keys were the very first thing I quilted when I very first got my hands on a long arm machine. I didn't now they were Greek Keys - I just started, and that's where the machine lead me.

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  6. Now that's one thrill of a block! That's what I'm talking about!
    Made my day, thanks Debbie.

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  7. The black and white really makes it sparkle!

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  8. I love the combination of the black and white section and the more colorful section, great block!

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  9. This is a particularly beautiful block.

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  10. I also meant to say it was a wonderful imagining of the kilim translated to fabric. So impressed.

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  11. Well, it looks like a iilim inspired mini quilt to me! It's really beautiful.

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