Monday, November 4, 2013

Treasure from a Far Away Land


I thought I'd start the week off with a burst of colour!!
I recently received this wall hanging from Gbf's parents. They picked it up on a trip to China 20 years ago. A treasure from a far away land!! 
To give you an idea of the size , it measures 30x 51 inches.

How wonderful are those circles with their folded triangles edges. They remind me of prairie point binding or pine burr quilts.



Upon my first glance I thought the animals surrounding the circles represented the Chinese astrological signs.

There's a tiger

a Rooster


But then there's some animals that I'm really not sure of. Does anyone recognise this animal? A squirrel that is angry because his tail has been cut off , perhaps?? 


The flip side is even more colourful!!

and even more wonderfully wonky.  

If you look closely you'll notice the critters are creepy crawlies, spiders, scorpions, snakes. 

A side view shows how their little bodies are 3D.

Every type of fabric has been used - cotton, linen, varieties of polyester, corduroy and even some stretch knit. 

The blocks have been stabilised with paper. I know this because the paper has been left inside!! It stiffens the wall hanging and gives it a very papery rustling sound if you handle it. 

So there you have it, The Chinese wall hanging or as I prefer to call it
The Great Wall Hanging Of China.
 How lucky am I to have it hanging in my hallway!

28 comments:

Quiltbenaco said...

Che meraviglia!
Ciao

Quiltjane said...

Such a wonderful treasure. You are so lucky.

Aoife said...

Very very lucky! Both sides are wonderful, though I think I prefer the crazy back. Do you flip it back and forward in your hallway, as the mood takes you? Or do you have a preferred side?

smazoochie said...

Oh what a wonderful gift! A friend loaned me a Chinese quilt like the backside of this one (loved it, wanted to keep it) but I've never seen anything like the front. Lucky you! Enjoy!

Melissa P said...

That is an incredible conversation piece! So many dimensional details. It's just amazing.

Nifty Quilts said...

What an inspiring piece! Thanks for starting my Monday with such a great blast of color and ingenuity.

Deborah said...

Oh my! I've never seen anything like this before. The detail is incredible!!

Lynne Shandley said...

I love all the critters on that hanging - they are very amusing. It must make your hallway even more cheerful! I have no idea what the angry tailless squirrel is though.

audrey said...

Very colorful and interesting! What a lovely gift--one that keeps on giving I bet!

Vickie said...

That was a very nice gift, I like the flip side. Great wall hanging of China..LOL

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, how cool! Love the name too ;o)

Tami C said...

Absolutely amazing! You are very lucky to receive this beauty!

Patchwork and Play said...

What a treasure! I think I love the back the most- all those 3D critters and pretty shapes!

Shay said...

I wonder if your unrecognisable animal is supposed to be a turtle?

What an amazing piece this is!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

What a wonderful unique gift! I love the scorpion.

Linda said...

How beautiful!

Jeneta said...

I know what that animal is. It's me. When I wake up in the morning before I've had enough sleep. It's beautiful Rachael - I love the name you have given it!

needleandspindle said...

Have you made the hallway larger? I don't know how you would fit another thing in, although I can see why you find room! It is so wild in its colouring. Pretty great gift.

Karen said...

Fascinating. Love the colour.
You will have to report back if you find out what those animals are.

Barb said...

Wow! lucky you. what a fun and interesting wall hanging to study and appreciate.
I love the animals and the bugs too.
Enjoy your new treasure, I know you will!!

Monica said...

This is quite a treasure, Rachael! Do you turn it around every couple of months? I'm not sure which side I like better!

Susan Owenby said...

wow!! That is SO cool. :) I might be jealous.

Mary said...

It's gorgeous, Rachael! Just amazing!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow, wow, wow Rachael....stunning and then you turned the quilt over....a beautiful piece! Always a burst of colour when I visit!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Interesting wall hanging! I love the name;). My best guess is zodiac signs too, although the angry squirrel looks kind of like a turtle sitting and I'm pretty sure turtle isn't a sign. Either way, you have a real treasure!

Sujata Shah said...

I want one too! You are lucky Rachael! It's a beautiful wall-hanging! And by the way, I forgot to mention in one of your earlier posts, Your hallway with quilts hanging is absolutely stunning art gallery!

Karen said...

What a wonderful treasure to have been given to you. I think the "creatures" are super cute. Its interesting to study how another culture makes things and their designs.

CATHY DANIEL said...

Am just loving the Great Wall Hanging of China (I was thinking it should be called that .... and then I read that you actually were ! Great minds!). Thanks for a much needed burst of colour on a very horrid grey day in England. xCathy

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