Ralli Quilts and Conversations

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I was fascinated by all the comments left on my last post about whether to not you choose to answer every comment on your blogs.  The trigger, of course, was a couple of articles from 99U which is a site geared toward business types.  In talking about this with Cindy, of Live a Coloful Life, we both remember the early days of blogging, where reply comments were not the norm, but instead of replying to a comment, you’d head over to their blog and leave a comment.  A couple of comments referred to this, such as this one from Barb: “I also would rather someone comment on my blog rather than spending time replaying to my comment on theirs. That would be a great agreement; instead of replaying, comment more on others blogs.”

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Some of you came up with your own name for those snippets of comments. I liked Susan’s observation: “‘Nice Quilt’ is what I would consider a conversation ender. If someone says something like “that’s a really nice quilt, I like the blah feature” then I consider that a conversation opener.”

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Nancy echoed many comments when she wrote “I like the interaction between people, albeit virtual, through blogs. I have made some blogging friendships of which I am truly glad. I leave comments about blogs that have given me inspiration, a lesson, beauty, a smile, or something to think about–the start of maybe a brief conversation.  I think of blogging as a way to interact with others of like interests. In my smaller physical community, it is difficult to find the more artistic quilters or those who self-design, so I turn to blogs.”


I’ll leave the final word to Claire about our blog reading, as she describes exactly how I feel: “All this assumes a normal day with a leisurely coffee break while I read email and blogs. Other days I skim and probably miss wonders.”

Well said, Claire.

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All of these quilts are from an exhibit I recently saw in Utah at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art.  They are known as Ralli Quilts, and are from Pakistan and India (see map at end of post). I was amazed at all the stitching, the detail, and the colors (like the quilt above–I couldn’t get my camera to adjust to the deep reds).

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These were all found by Dr. Patricia Stoddard, a friend of my sister Susan (who tipped me off to this exhibit).  The website about these quilts is found *here* and is interesting reading. Her book, a veritable catalogue of the quilts, can be obtained *here.*

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I loved the contemporary look of these quilts, many made in the 1970s.  There are several sites that sell newer ralli quilts and can be found by a search on Google.

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This reminded me of the Trip Around the World Quilts, a sensation on Instagram last year.

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Improv piecing anyone?  Often the women saved time by piecing printed textiles together, rather than doing their appliqué.

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One of my favorites; I put the closeup on Instagram.  It was a good afternoon there at the museum, looking at quilts that are out of our quilting mainstream, a good antidote to the quilt market frenzy on social media.  Their vivid colors and patterns reminded me that time spent with patchwork and colors can bring a quiet satisfaction and an entry into the wider world of quilting.





Our Four-in-Art quilt group will be revealing their final challenge of this year on November 1st.  Occasionally we have an opening for someone who wants to play along.  No shipping required, just a willingness to engage in new ideas, new techniques of your own choosing.  Leave a comment and your blog address if you are interested.

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And then a couple of days after that, I’ll have my November Circle Block ready to show you, plus a variation that may interest you for the holidays!

15 thoughts on “Ralli Quilts and Conversations

  1. Spectacular quilts! I would have guessed they were from West Africa. So many of those colors and patterns seem African rather than Indian.

  2. I am so glad you shared these! I wish I was going to be somewhere that I could see them. I love the tassels on some of the edges. I wish I could see them up close- it seems like in some cases the applique looking designs are applique and in some cases you mention they’ve used printed fabric. I love this combination and think it would be neat to see which are which.

  3. Aren’t those quilts just amazing?! Beautiful in their detail and so vibrant in colour. I love the Kantha style quilting – something I’ve always wanted to try! Maybe an art quilt will be that opportunity?!

  4. Thanks for posting these. I like the interplay between the full quilt and its detail, and the original comment question and the responses. It was all PIECED together nicely. (Can I ever use that word again?) Regards to all :>)

  5. I so enjoyed your review of the Ralli quilt show. Tricia has used the proceeds from Ralli quilt sales to build schools in Pakistan. I’m happy to see her quilt collection so well displayed.

  6. I,too, would be very grateful to be considered for the Four in Art if there is an opening. I love to try new things and see what I can come up with. This would work for me at the start of the new year as I set aside some things and look forward to finding new things to try. Love the Ralli quilts especially the last one before the map. anudge at gmail dot com

  7. What a great blog to read this evening. I agree with the “punny” comment by Harlan Sexton as to how well you “pieced” it all together.
    You find such exciting exhibits to visit. As there must be some good exhibits in my area, I must begin looking harder. The quilts you photographed are so very complex and stunning.

  8. Some amazing details in the quilts you shared. Not my color choices but wonderful strong design and a very modern feel.

  9. interesting work! I love how some of them have elements of traditional patterns.
    such bold colors! was interesting to read what others had to say about commenting.

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